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member J Clyde Smith, is also available for purchase at $7.50 per
copy mailed within Australia. This is a very informative book,
deserving of "collector" status for the quality of its
contents and its place as the first serious treatment of vireyas
published for grower enthusiasts.
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Volume 50, the 2010 Journal
Leslie Gillanders writes of her journey
in painting and drawing, and her ultimatespecialisation
in painting watercolour portraits of rhododendrons (the
cover carries one of her works: Rhododendron 'Irene
Bain', with others featured inside).
Hemant K. Badola and Bharat K. Pradhan,
of the G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment &
Development - Sikkim Unit, contribute a thought-provoking
article on the subject of applying the discipline of
Phenology (observations of the correlation of the timing
of recurring biological events with seasonal
environmental factors) as an indicator of climate change,
discussing the rhododendron populations of the Himalayas
and their suitability as subjects for monitoring. They
advance a detailed plan for a long-term monitoring
Hemant Badola is also a co-author with
his colleague Bharat K. Pradhan of an article celebrating
and describing their recent discovery of previously
unknown populations of Rhododendron niveum in
Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim.
In another 'good news' story Prof. Guan
Kaiyun , of the Kunming Institute of Botany, The Chinese
Academy of Sciences, describes the recent discovery of a
very large natural community of Rhododendron simsii at
Guifeng Mountain near Macheng City, Hubei Province, in
Lesley Eaton, former national and
Victorian President, contributes a short history of the
Australian Rhododendron Society and the National
Rhododendron Gardens founded by the Society in Olinda,
Victoria, to commemorate the half-centenary year in 2010
for both the Society and the NRG.
Dick Harris, Gardens Supervisor of the
Campbell Rhododendron Gardens founded in 1970 in
Blackheath, New South Wales (formerly the Bacchante
Rhododendron Gardens) describes these magnificent Gardens
today, featuring rhododendrons, azaleas, and selected
other exotic garden plants in a natural Australian bush
Simon Begg writes on Vireya
rhododendrons, and the importance of sustaining (and,
whenever possible, expanding) the diversity of Viireya
species in cultivation in Australia. An important
priority is the placing of plants into the care of a
greater number of individual enthusiasts to provide more
security of the survival of the maximum number of species
held in Australia.
Colour photographic coverage is included
for all of the above articles.
The Australian Rhododendron Registrar
records a newly-registered Australian hybrid rhododendron
Also included are: National
President Neil Webster's Report to members; reports from
the Society's Branches for the year 2009/2010, and
tributes to two long-standing and very valued members who
passed away during the year - Victorian member Jack
O'Shannassy MBE and Emu Valley Rhododendron Society
member Mrs. Fairie Nielsen.
Volume 49, the 2009 Journal
Lyn Craven writes about the many
different characters of rhododendron bark, and makes a
case for greater attention being paid to this in
taxanomic work. He proposes reinstatement of the vireya R.
warianum at species rank based on its distinctive
bark character; and goes on to advocate an international
project to collect bark information and a library of
digital images to facilitate further research on the
significance of different bark types for taxanomic
classification and pursuit of possible areas of broader
Andrew Rouse contributes another of his
expert discussions on vireya species - this time R.
jasminiflorum ssp. huesseri
Hemant K. Badola and Bharat K. Pradhan,
of the G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment &
Development - Sikkim Unit, provide a detailed description
of the marvellous natural environment and the prolific
population of many different rhododendron species in the
Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary. Singba is one of two
exclusively designated sanctuaries for the conservation
of rhododendrons in Sikkim, India.
Barry Davidson provides a vivid
description of plant-hunting experiences on recent trips
to New Guinea and Malaysian Borneo, discussing background
on the geographical occurrence of vireya and other plant
taxa through the region.
Recently-joined member and Sydney
solicitor Bede Haines contributes a whimsical commentary
titled 'Azaleas and the Law.'
Australian Rhododendron Registrar
provides news of 11 newly-registered Australian hybrids,
including 8 vireya rhododendrons. Images are included of
3 of the vireyas and 2 of the other new hybrids.
Also included are: National
President Neil Webster's Report to members; reports from
each of the Society's Branches for the year 2008/2009.
Tributes to four highly-respected and accomplished
members who passed away during the year - Graeme Eaton (Victoria);
J. Clyde Smith (member of the former Illawarra Branch,
New South Wales); Graham Snell (Queensland, formerly
Victoria); Dr. Allan Kerr Grant (South Australia). Award
of Life Membership of the Emu Valley Rhododendron Society
to Maurie Kupsch.
Volume 48, the 2008 Journal
- Andrew Rouse writes about the fungal disease Botryosphaeria
and its effects on Vireya Rhododendrons - providing
advice on recognising its presence; and suggesting
methods for reducing its impact on a plant collection and
treating infected plants.
- Ian Chalk recounts the marvels encountered by wife Jenny
and himself, including walking through the largest
rhododendron forest in the world on a trek in the
foothills of the Annapurna Mountains in Nepal. (The cover
photo is of Rhododendron arboreum trees of great
age blooming amongst conifers at over 3,000 m above sea
- Neil Puddey describes how Vireyas grown in Australia have
been adopted as a key element to the plantings in the
spectacular Gardens by the Bay 'horticultural
fantasia' developed by the Singapore National Tourist
Board 'to showcase garden craftmanship and floral
artistry at its finest' to local and foreign visitors.
- Richard Francis writes about the many species of yellow-blooming
rhododendrons and the marvellous range of garden hybrids
which have been created using them as parents.
- Robert Hatcher (who heads up the staff of Mount Lofty
Botanic Gardens in the Adelaiide Hills of South Australia)
comments on the pleasing progress so far with a programme
of azalea lacebug control at the Gardens using green
lacewing predators instead of chemical pesticides as in
- Chris Thomas (also of the Adelaide Hills) discusses the
trials of a rhododendron gardener coping with the effects
of drought/climate change
- Gay & Barry Stagoll chronicle the sights, the
experiences, and the amazing diversity of fine endemic
plants (including a great many rhododendron species)
which make a visit to Yunnan, China, so rewarding.
- Murray McAlister writes of his views about the challenges
facing rhododendron enthusiasts and the relevance of
rhododendrons to contemporary Australian gardening. He
discusses the conservation and promotion of Australian-created
'Asiatic rhododendron' hybrids, and progress so far with
proposals for a more structured and more commercially-focused
approach to selecting and promoting new Vireya hybrids
into the nursery trade.
- Also included are: National
President Kaye Hagan's Report to members; reports from
each of the Society's Branches for the year 2007/2008;
and a tribute to the late Essie Huxley - a very
accomplished gardener and deeply-respected founding
member of the Society's Southern Tasmanian Branch.
Volume 47, the 2007 Journal
- Andrew Rouse writes about R. saxicolum (a
species of subgenus Tsutsusi native to south
east Asia), and his experience with growing this species
in cultivation in Melbourne. He established that this
attractive plant requires summer conditions cooler than
Melbourne's, but believes it may have potential for use
in developing more heat-tolerant hybrids.
- Graham Simpson (President of the Emu Valley Rhododendron
Society in Tasmania) reports on the very successful
international Rhododendron Conference held in Burnie in
Spring 2006, featuring: Graham Smith - Director, Pukeiti
Rhododendron Garden New Zealand; Guan Kaiyun - Director,
Kunming Botanical Garden, Yunnan, China; Mike Petersen -
Senior Forester, Forestry Tasmania; Dr. Ben Wallace -
Director (Retired) RBG Sydney & Director, Australian
National Botanic Gardens; Ken Gillanders - Retired
proprietor of Woodbank Nursery, Southern.Tasmania; Holger
Hachmann - Third generation operator of the famous
Hachmann Nursery, Germany; & Geraldine Roelink,
Proprietor of Victoria's Vireya Valley Nursery.
- Sue Simpson gives a visitor's perspective on the American
Rhododendron Society's 2007 Convention in San Francisco,
and covers many gardens she and husband Graham saw in
- Ken & Lesley Gillanders describe the environment and
the very interesting botany they saw in The Dolomites
limestone region of northern Italy, where numerous
ericaceous plants - including Vacciniums, Ericas and
Calluna (heaths), Loiseleuria, and a few Rhododendron
species - grow naturally in pockets of relatively acid
soil. Ken, as Australian Rhododendron Registrar, also
provides information on the new hybrids registered in
Australia during 2006/2007.
- Neil Puddey describes his role in an exciting opportunity
to add Vireyas to the flowering plants which Singapore
public gardens display for the enjoyment of visitors.
- Kathy Wilson, Senior Horticulturalist at Mount Tomah
Botanic Gardens, provides updated comments on control of
rhododendron lace bug at the Gardens.
- Gay & Barry Stagoll cover springtime visits to a
large number of gardens in Southwest Ireland (with RHS
members interested in rhododendrons), and also British
gardens from the Southwest through to West Scotland. In a
separate article, they chroncile their own personal
voyage of discovery in the world of gardening, and ponder
how much easier it may have been if they only knew - and
practised - many of the truths about gardening that seem
- In his article Vireya, plaything and treasure
of an enthusiast? Murray McAlister poses
the question: Will Vireyas ever be taken seriously for
what they are, and how valuable they can be as garden
subjects? ... and discusses ways in which their image,
and their place in the nursery and gardening scene might
- We carry a message from the new President of the American
Rhododendron Society, Fred Whitney, to his many friends
in the Australian rhododendron fratenity.
- Also included are: National
President Kaye Hagan's Report to members; the Annual
Report of the national Society; reports from each of the
Society's Branches for the year 2006/2007; Awards made by
the Society; and a tribute to the late Lionel Marshall,
who held a number of offices over many years' membership,
including those of national President, Secretary, and
Volume 46, the 2006 Journal
- Gillian Brown summarizes the results of an extensive PhD
project she carried out to study the evolutionary history
of vireya rhododendrons, which led to the first detailed
phylogeny of these plants, and indicated that the main
evolutionary lineages are geographic in nature. Most of
the traditionally classified subsections did not hold up
in light of this work.
- Andrew Rouse provides a most interesting discussion of
the potential for more hybridising successes using
smaller vireya species, describing experience with
cultivating R. rubineiflorum and R.
pauciflorum in particular, and citing a fine cross (unregistered
to date) - produced in 1987 by his late father John -
using these two species .
- In Looking Forward, Looking Back Fairie Nielsen,
Patron of the Emu Valley Rhododendron Society & a
member of the Garden Board since inception, provides a
richly-illustrated & fascinating insight into the
progress of the Garden 25 years on from inception.
Complementing this article, Sue Simpson of EVRS pays
tribute in a separate article to Fairie's inspiring &
immensely energetic involvement with the Garden and the
marvellous garden she created on her own property at
Pigeon Hill near Burnie.
- Lesley Gillanders writes of the intrepid gardening
exploits of the Gillanders in Retired, following
closure of their famous Woodbank Nursery south of Hobart
- Alan Kepert provides an insight into R. ciliicalyx, a
favourite from Subsection Maddenia, Ciliicalyx Alliance
with fragrant pink & white blooms.
- Ken Gillanders, Australian Rhododendron Registrar,
provides information on the 42 new hybrids (including
numbers of vireyas) registered during 2005/2006.
- The Rhododendron genus is known to include plants with
toxic qualities as well as splendid blooms. Terry Darby
looks at their toxic side and discusses allusions to this
in the pages of history.
- In Secret Gardens in Cities Graham Price (who,
in partnership with wife Janet, produces The Vireya
Venture newsletter) advocates the use of vireyas for
interesting and pleasing beds in garden spaces within
inner-city apartment complexes, and suggests more
activism on behalf of vireyas for such uses might be
rewarding. Information is provided also on recent
interesting articles in The Vireya Venture.
- In The Year Round Garden, Gay & Barry
Stagoll write of the contribution that plants of the
rhododendron family can make to a garden which offers
interest all year round, and discuss other plants which
can complement this contribution (including select
Australian native flowering plants).
- The Rhododendron also carries National President
Kaye Hagan's Report to members; the Annual Report of the
national Society; and reports from each of the Society's
Branches for the year.
Volume 45, the 2005 Journal
- Ted Cutlan and Joy Stones of Hobart write on their visit
to British Columbia in the northern hemisphere spring to
attend the Annual Convention of the American Rhododendron
Society in Victoria, Vancouver Island, and to visit a
wealth of gardens in the region.
- Maurie and Pam Kupsch of Burnie chronicle a whirlwind
four day visit to see gardens and other sights in Japan,
in company with Ted and Joy on their way to British
- Ken Gillanders provides some most interesting background
on rhododendron forrestii, and his experiences
in growing two different forms of this dwarf species.
Ken, as Australian Registrar, also provides information
on new hybrids registered during 2004/2005, some of which
are illustrated in this volume.
- Simon Begg discusses the conversion of the extensive
Victorian Branch slide library to digital formats, and
some of the implications for the accessibility of these
- Richard Francis writes on Fragrant Rhododendrons.
- In Gardens as Theatre, Barry Stagoll discusses
approaches for eye-catching landscaping of gardens.
- Neil Jordan of Emu Valley Rhododendron Society provides a
wealth of information on the Pacific Region International
Rhododendron Conference to be held in Burnie, Tasmania in
- John Hammond of the Scottish Rhododendron Society gives
advance information on the Internation Rhododendron
Conference to be held jointly with the Royal Botanic
Garden, Edinburgh, in Edinburgh in May 2008.
- Tributes are carried to late members Jean Whitelaw, Bob
Withers, and Jack Wilson, and also to Noel Lothian,
former Director of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide and a
good friend of the Society.
Volume 44, the 2004 Journal
- Ken Gillanders provides a fascinating insight into Rhododendrons
of the Pontic Alps, gained during a visit with
wife Lesley to northeastern Turkey. Ken was honoured with
an Award of Australia in June 2004, and Barry Davidson of
the Southern Tasmania Branch details the background to
this well-deserved award. In a further honour for the
Gillanders' partnership, Lesley's achievement of Life
Membership of the Society is reported also.
- Alan Kepert writes on the Maddenia series
in an illustrated article, and comments on the success
possible in our relatively warm climate with many of the
lovely plants it includes.
- Lesley Eaton recounts her "love affair"
with the smaller rhododendrons, many of the
plants she mentions being illustrated in colour.
- Brian Clancy describes his success with foliar
feeding for vireyas.
- Murray McAlister reports on the vireya collection
at the National Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda,
commenting on progress with refurbishing and expanding
- Pam Watson describes a wonder-filled trekking
experience in Nepal, in which she and husband
Alan participated together with other rhodoholics,
botanists and nature lovers.
- Barry Stagoll writes on oriental garden styling, and
poses the question: an Oriental garden setting
for your rhododendrons?
- Japanese botanist and azalea enthusiast Satoshi Yamaguchi
puts forward his theory on the origin of Kurume
- Professional horticultural consultant Denis Crawford
suggests new ways to control azalea lace bugs.
- In Sharing our Knowledge, Alan Walker
tells the story of how primary school students are being
introduced into rhododendron propagation and culture with
the encouragement of Society volunteers at the NRG,
- The efforts of South Australian members in introducing a
planting of vireyas in the gardens of the
Adelaide Zoo are reported. Former President
Allan Kerr Grant was a driving force in this project.
Also reported are the award of Life Memberships this year
to Allan and his wife Mary Grant (also a Past Branch
- Bill Taylor and Murray McAlister offer a tribute
to the late Ken Cathie - a "real man of
- Ken Gillanders delivers his Registrar's Report,
covering registration of 7 new Australian hybrid Asiatic
rhododendrons (and 2 accidentally omitted from the 2003
report); 1 vireya; and 2 evergreen azaleas.
Volume 43, the 2003 Journal
- Dr. Lyn Craven provides more background on the settling
of botanical names for Australia's two endemic species
of Vireya rhododendrons.
- Sylvia Saperstein provides a very useful rundown of diseases
and fungal problems which affect Vireyas and suggests
- Mike Hammer reviews what is known about the subject of foliar
feeding of plants, and speculates on the range of
possible applications and the advantages foliar feeding
may bring to propagation and cultivation. Mike also
contributes a comment on experiments in growing
liliums - a follow-on to his 2002 article on this
- Geoff Sherrington provides interesting insights into the phenomenal
diversity in the flora of Yunnan, China, and
discusses it in the context of the manifest biological
diversity in this region, encompassing ethnicity and
cultural heritage of its human inhabitants.
- Lesley Eaton writes on the marvellous range of plant
form and foliage offering in the Rhododendron genus;
and, in a separate article, she and husband Graeme write
about the establishment of their new garden in north-eastern
- Neil Jordan describes how useful clear plastic crates can
be as miniature propagating enclosures.
- Lyn Craven promotes the use of Condy's Crystals to
inhibit fungal attack in propagating.
- Barry Stagoll provides background on the appearance of a rhododendron
in an Australian postage stamp issue in 2003.
- Eric Jordan discusses the role of zeolites in
- Barry Davidson comments on the favoured growing
conditions of numerous native Yunnan species, and
compares these with the conditions offered at various
levels on Mount Wellington, near Hobart; proceeding to
draw conclusions and offer recommendations for better
results in bringing rhododendrons through hot Australian
- A tribute to Sue Wells - esteemed member, ex-President of
the Southern Tasmania Branch, and member of the Society's
National Council - is also contributed by Barry Davidson.
- Barry Stagoll discusses the advantages of steel tube
construction for shadehouses.
- Ken Gillanders provides follow-up information on the 2002
ban imposed on rhododendron imports from
USA, UK and European countries because of Phytophora
ramorum (Sudden Oak Death). As
Australian Rhododendron Registrar, Ken also reports on
the registration of 29 new hybrids during the 2002-2003
- Ted Cutlan reports on the October 2002 National
Convention held in Hobart, including the great
success of the rhododendron art show which was an
innovation introduced at this event.
- With permission of the author Joe Bruso, of Hopkinton,
Massachusets USA, we republish a preliminary report on
his experimentation with Rooting Desiccated Evergreen
Rhododendron Cuttings, which
first appeared in the Journal of the American
- Editor Richard Francis reviews Flora
- probably the most monumental horticultural book ever
published, at 1600 pages with a dictionary of 20,000
plants. The Australian edition, co-published with he
ABC's Gardening Australia, includes useful chapters
specific to Australian conditions. Richard assisted with
the authoring of Flora, including contributing all
of the information it contains about rhododendrons.
- The cover features Rhododendron Veitchianum,
photographed in Yunnan, China, by Geoff Sherrington.
Volume 42, the 2002 Journal
- Rhododendron enthusiast, and resident of the
hill station of Kodaikanal (7500 feet elevation) in the
Palni Hills in southern India, M.S.Viraraghavan
wrote of the species R.
arboreum, ssp. nilagaricum, which grows in
the mountains near his home, and the discovery of a pure
white flowering type currently regarded as a separate
form of this species. He described his progress with
crossing the species with numerous other rhododendrons
and also his hybridising with Vireyas.
- Allan Kerr Grant wrote of the history of the old Whibley
hybrids which originated in the Adelaide
Hills and the latter-day registration of a selected few.
- Brian Clancy described the "regeneration" of R
zoelleri from a cross of the 'Island
Sunset' and Michael Black forms, contending that the
progeny show improvement on previously available forms.
The best is to be registered.
- Liliums - Mike Hammer discussed
these fascinating and useful companion plants, their
rather primitive character, and the distribution of the
various types in the wild.
- Emu Valley Revisited - Terry
Shadbolt provided an update on the development of the Emu
Valley Rhododendron Garden in Northern Tasmania,
describing the newer features and plantings.
- Emu Valley Fairyland - Maurie
Kupsch covered the story of the fabulous two-day Concert
held in the Emu Valley Garden in Spring 2001, featuring
renowned pianist David Helfgott.
- Tough Vireyas - Allan Kerr
Grant recounted the story of a collapsed Vireyas garden
bed, and how capably his plants survived their ordeal.
- Adelaide National Weekend October 2001
-Tania Thomas and Rosemary Thomson of South Australian
Branch reported on this highly successful gathering of
members from around the country.
- When is a Rhododendron an
Azalea? - Peter Valder
updated his article, first published a number of years
previously, to incorporate a table relating the
names assigned by Linnaeus to plants mentioned in the
text to their modern names. It's likely to be of interest
to many readers who won't have seen it previously.
- Barry Davidson explained the science behind the
advantages of deadheading.
- A "thank you" to Woodbank Nursery,
and its proprietors Ken & Lesley Gillanders - Barry
Davidson wrote of the history and achievements to the
credit of the nursery, closed in 2002.
- More on Australian Hybrids -
following on from Graeme Eaton's 2001 article, Ken
Gillanders covered a few more distinguished hybrids.
- The Species Collection at the National
Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda - Barry
Stagoll reported on the completion of a major exercise by
ARS Victorian Branch volunteers to compile a new database
of the species represented at Olinda.
- Dr. Bob Withers contributed a Tribute to the
late John Rouse, and in particular his
record of significant achievement in the field of
research into rhododendrons. Graham Snell added a
personal tribute of his own.
- Kathy Wilson, Senior Horticulturalist at Mount Tomah
Botanic Garden described efforts there to implement
improved methods for dealing with Lace Bug.
- Lyn Craven wrote on R. wentianum.
- Gillian Brown, who presented a paper based
on her PhD project investigating the evolutionary and
biogeographic relationships of Rhododendron section
Vireya, reported on The
Edinburgh Rhododendron Conference held in
- The cover featured a picture of the Vireya R.
Volume 41, the 2001 Journal
- Vireya hybridiser Sylvia Saperstein
delivered a personal view on The Future for
- South Australian Bill Voigt wrote about Two
Historic Gardens of the Adelaide Hills.
- Barry Stagoll reported on the Rhododendrons
Down Under Conference held in
Melbourne in October 2000, and provided some highlights
of the proceedings.
- Australian Rhododendron Registar Graeme
Eaton contributed a fascinating illustrated
article on the history of Australian
Rhododendron Hybrids, with many
noteworthy plants described.
- Don Dosser - "Man of
Maples" - Fairie Nielsen, Patron of the
Emu Valley Rhododendron Society and Secretary of the
Garden Board, wrote on the magnificent collection of
plants in the garden of Don Dosser, who relocated to
Tasmania some years ago from his nursery business in
Victoria. The extensive range of ornamental maples
featured in the description.
- In Hybridising v Genetic
Engineering Michael Hammer followed
up his lucid discussion of Osmosis and Plant Nutrition
in Vol. 40 with a valuable explanation of the key
scientific factors involved in understanding the
difference between creating new plants by hybridising and
by genetic engineering, and a discussion of some of the
more important ramifications of genetic engineering.
- Veteran Vireya hybridiser Brian Clancy
recounted the history of this group in The
- Two separate perspectives were given on a
botanising visit to China in highly readable articles by
Scott Foubister of South Australia and Sue Wells of
Southern Tasmania in China in the Spring,
and A Chinese Diary.
- Rhododendrons on a Windswept
Hill by John Tooth provided
insights into the travails of establishing a successful
garden featuring rhododendrons on a steep and windy slope
of Mount Wellington near Hobart, Tasmania.
- Barry Stagoll chronicled Dr. John Rouse's
work in developing and refining propagating enclosures in
an article titled The "Rouse House"
- A report on an RHS Gold Medal awarded to
Australian artist Anne O'Connor at the London Flower Show
in late 2000 for a series of botanical
paintings of Vireya rhododendrons. Anne
became a member and a grower of Vireyas.
- Ted Cutlan previewed the
Society's annual National Convention to
be held in Hobart 25-27 October 2002, incorporating the
innovation of an Art Show featuring rhododendron
- President Allan Kerr Grant told of the
success the South Australian Branch achieved in
winning a major Award at the Adelaide
International Rose Festival 2000 for a
display of rhododendrons.
- Included in other regular
content, National President Allan Kerr Grant wrote of his
thoughts about the Society in his first annual President's
Report, Registrar Graeme Eaton reported on
21 new hybrids officially registered in the year ended 30
June 2001, and Secretary Barry Stagoll reported on
National Council activities and noted stable membership
numbers in the Society's National
Volume 40, the 2000
- Dr. Bob Withers
contributed an illustrated article on the many examples
where members of the Rhododendron genus have been
depicted on postage stamps. He also wrote on the
interesting dwarf vireya species R. emarginatum.
- Michael Hammer gave a most
readable and informative explanation of the implications
of osmosis for plant nutrition, including some very
helpful commentary on soil pH and methods of controlling
it at desirable levels.
- Ted Cutlan wrote on the
subject of plant quarantine controls as they apply to
- Rob Hatcher described the
"Rhododendron Trail" at the Mount Lofty Botanic
Garden in the Adelaide Hills, where he acts as
Interpretative & Education Officer.
- Brian Clancy, vireya
hybridizer, reported on the successes of vireyas in the
award of major prizes at the Spring 1999 shows held by
Victorian Branch, and also discussed the timeless merits
of Vireya R. 'Triumphans' in a separate article.
- Laurie Begg contributed
some wisdom and experience on the subject of "Rejuvenating
- Rod Capon "demystified"
the Lace Bugs which attack rhododendrons, and discussed
- Included in other regular
content, outgoing National President Neil Jordan reported
on his last year in office and Registrar Graeme Eaton
reported on 12 new hybrids officially registered in the
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