Amherstburg Rhododendron Committee gives public tours of beds

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Members of the Amherstburg Rhododendron Committee are proud of the beds in places like Navy Yard Park, so they decided to offer walking tours of them.

Paul and Liz Morneau, Sharon Colman and Peter Neubauer were in the park recently welcoming people interested in learning about the rhododendrons and azaleas in Navy Yard Park as well teaching people on how to care for the plants at their own homes.

“We’re offering tours,” explained Colman, with Liz Morneau adding “and information on how to grow them and maintain them.”

The free tours were a new initiative to promote rhododendrons and azaleas, Liz said, noting the Amherstburg Rhododendron Committee doesn’t have its sale anymore due to losing a big supplier of the plants.

The Amherstburg Rhododendron Committee - which includes Liz Morneau, Sharon Colman, Peter Neubauer and Paul Morneau - hosted walking tours of the rhododenron and azalea beds earlier this month. They will also be hosting a “dead heading party” in Navy Yard Park June 10.

The Amherstburg Rhododendron Committee – which includes Liz Morneau, Sharon Colman, Peter Neubauer and Paul Morneau – hosted walking tours of the rhododenron and azalea beds earlier this month. They will also be hosting a “dead heading party” in Navy Yard Park June 10.

“Amherstburg should be very proud,” said Liz. “It’s got one of the largest collections of rare rhododendrons and azaleas in southwestern Ontario.”

Liz Morneau added they hope people enjoy the park and its beauty.

“We’re very lucky because you can’t find this variety anywhere else,” she said.

“This is like British Columbia,” added Neubauer.

Colman also pointed out the work of Alex Xie, who is a St. Clair College student working in Amherstburg through funding from Norma Sutherland. Sutherland’s husband Bob – a.k.a. “Rhodo Bob” – was a driving force in making rhododendrons and azaleas prominent in Amherstburg.

There will be a “deadheading party” in June where volunteers will take the blooms off the plants without damaging the new shoots, Colman added. That event will be June 10 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Colman said this is a great opportunity to learn more about the care of these plants with Paul and Liz Morneau scheduled to be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the care of rhodos and azaleas.

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