|Publisher:||Ian E. Efford||Published:||May 1st 2015|
Vancouver Island is one of the few areas, outside of the Himalaya, where rhododendrons grow exceptionally well. They were first planted in Victoria at the end of the 1800s and today we have many beautiful rhododendron gardens throughout the island with an ever growing diversity of colour. From very early on, some gardeners began to hybridize and their efforts are reviewed and photographs provided of many of the best known hybrids.
For the average gardener or tourist public gardens and parks are readily accessible places to see rhododendrons. This book describes nearly 30 public gardens and parks which have collections of rhododendrons. They differ widely; some are public parks, some are focused on the horticulture and have identification labels on each plants, and still others have the rhododendrons growing in almost wild forest conditions.
There are about 150 photographs of the gardens and of named rhododendrons. All except a handful have been taken by the garden owners or rhododendron enthusiasts.
The reader will gain an understanding of rhododendrons on the island, and an enthusiasm to visit some of the parks and gardens and glimpse the reason so many gardeners love this interesting genus.
Maps are include for each area showing the location of gardens and of other interesting features along the route.
Overall, the book is a source of information and a tour book for gardeners or for anyone who might like a guide when visiting the island.