Meetings

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.

April 4, 2018

Guest Speaker:  Bill McMillan

SPECTACULAR ‘MUST-SEE’ GARDENS of VICTORIA

Bill McMillan is a Geologist by training, but was always enthusiastic about plants he encountered during his work in the field, and decided to focus on rhododendrons when he retired.

He has been curator of the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific Rhododendron and Hosta Garden since about 2000. His interests expanded into rock and alpine plants after two trips to China, with Steve Hootman of the Rhododendron Species Foundation, to look at alpine plants with a focus on rhododendrons.

Bill was in charge of the Victoria Rhododendron Society Show and Sale for five years, Registrar of the American Rhododendron Society convention in Victoria in 2006, and Co-chair of Garden Tours for the ARS Convention in Victoria in 2016. Bill is also a past President of the Victoria Rhododendron Society.

Furthermore, Bill is a propagator and grows rhododendrons from seeds and cuttings.

Bill has given presentations on basic rhododendron culture to many garden clubs, Master Gardeners’ classes, and the HCP College students. Modestly, Bill describes himself as an enthusiast, rather than an expert.

His talk on Wednesday, April 4th, features highlights of five gardens in Victoria that are ‘must sees’ – Finnerty Gardens at University of Victoria, the Gardens at Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, Royal Roads Gardens, Abkhazi Garden, and the little-known Playfair Park Garden.

 

Vireya rhododendron growing in the Rutherford Conservatory at the Rhododendron Species Foundation and Botanical Garden in Federal Way, Washington                Photo: Verna Buhler

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