Monthly Chapter Meetings
Our monthly chapter meetings are held at St. John’s Church in Duncan (the corner of First and Jubilee) on the first Wednesday of September, October, November, February, March, April and May – starting at 7:30 pm.
Join us on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 for….
Philip MacDougall, botanist
Philip is a botanist who has explored the Americas and the Far East. He is an executive member of both the Alpine Garden Club of BC and the Vancouver Rhododendron Society.
“Let me present the cheap and lazy plant explorers guide to Yunnan, an alternative with no huts, no ruts, no porters, no treks and especially no rats.”
“SEA OF RHODODENDRONS: JOSEPH ROCK WAS ALREADY HERE”
“Over the Skype connection to my partner Quan, I pointed at the Chinese tourist map of the Changshan that I’d found. “What does that say?” I asked, expecting the large scroll of letters to be the mountain’s name. “Sea of Rhododendrons” was his reply.
That would do nicely then. And so I saw one of the world’s flower spectacles: mountainsides covered in pure stands of Rhododendron lacteum. At the peak of the Rhododendron season, my self-guided tour of Yunnan continued in that fortuitous vein.”
Philip has an interesting collection of plants. He specializes in Epimediums, but he has other plants such as Scheffleras.
Another of his presentations is entitled “Green Patience – woodlanders: the common and rare, easy and recalcitrant”. He says of green patience: “These charmers offer interest throughout the year. New breeding and collections from Asia have added heaps of surprisingly good plants”.