For the Love of Rhododendron
Episode 10 - Expect blooms anytime
Synopsis: In this episode we meet Don Graham, a retired emergency medicine doctor, a long-time member of the
Portland Chapter of the ARS, and a Rhododendron gardener extraordinaire. We find out how he successfully transitioned his love of
Rhododendron from a large-scale outdoor rock garden to a small-but-mighty indoor garden prominently featuring tropical epiphytic
Rhododendron species known as Vireyas. Don shares how he transformed his second-floor condominium and balcony into a botanical
wonderland so spectacular that passersby are known to shout their praise from down below. We learn that the best thing about
growing a Vireya garden in your house is that you can expect blooms anytime.
Recalling the words of biographer and historian Jenny Uglow, "We may think we are nurturing our garden, but
of course it's our garden that is really nurturing us."