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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."

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Explore the links below to learn more about topics mentioned in this episode:

R. 'Herman Sleumer' R. 'Dr. Hermann Sleumer' honors
one of the great Vireya explorers

R. 'Bernadette' R. 'Bernadette', a delightful indoor
plant, can bloom at anytime

R. 'Avalon' R. 'Avalon' is one of many hybrid
Vireyas grown at Van Veen Nursery

 

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