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American Rhododendron SocietyEureka ChapterThe next meetingThursday February 23, 7:00 p.m.Woman’s Club1531 J StreetEureka, CaliforniaOctober 2019Pre-Meeting No Host Dinner 5:15Marcelli’s, 1323 5th Street Eureka,Call Nelda, 707-443-8049Reservation requiredFamily Style Fixed Price 25Mike Bones’ Travels in Europe, in search of the Perfect RhododendronThe Eureka Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will meet on Thursday,October 24, 2019. The meeting and program will be held at the Eureka Woman’s Club1531 J Street in Eureka beginning at 7:00 P.M.Mike Bones has been a frequent speaker at theEureka Chapter, always bringing his fresh enthusiasm tohis programs. He has been growing Rhododendrons for57 years and has run Bones’ Rhododendron Nurseryfor more than 40 years. Since retiring from his career of30 years in the Oregon State Parks system he had a parttime job of greeter at the Indian casino in his hometown of Florence, Oregon. His stipulation for workingat the casino as greeter was that he wear his signatureshorts, being very proud of his legs. Mike now spendshis time as a Rhododendron Ambassador for Florence.Mike has served the Membership Committeechair for the American Rhododendron Society. Mikeand his wife Kathy have put the Siuslaw Chapter inFlorence, Oregon on the rhodo map; they have beenthe royalty of Florence’s spring Rhododendron Festival.Local interest in rhododendrons has grown as has theSiuslaw Chapter with his energetic support and enthusiasm.He took an extensive tour of Europe in May 2018 visiting botanical gardens, private gardens, production nurseries and public parks in Sweden, Finland, Germanyand Denmark. His program will revisit many of thegardens and production nurseries he toured on hisnearly month long adventure.Photos are those of the Newsletter editor, June Walsh, unless otherwise noted. Permission is granted to reprint any portion of thispublication provided credit to the author and Chapter is given.

April 29-May 3, 2020, Hosted by ARS District 4Heathman Lodge, Vancouver, WA.20/20 Vision international speakers to include:Kenneth Cox from Glendoick in ScotlandLionel de Rothschild from Exbury in EnglandJens Nielsen, plant explorer from DenmarkSteve Krebs and Juliana Medeiros from the Holden ArboretumSteve Hootman from the Rhododendron Species Botanical GardenValerie Soza from the University of Washingtonand more.Garden tours to include:Crystal Springs Botanical GardenCecil & Molly Smith GardenPortland Japanese GardenLan Su Chinese GardenIseli NurseryWoodburn NurseryThe Stewart Garden (formerly Dover Nursery)Sebright GardensPlant sale, photo contest, poster session, special clinics, plus:Around the Sound pre-tourWillamette Valley and Oregon Coast Excursion post-tourars75.orgRegistration opens December 2, 2019

Plant of the MonthBy Don WallaceRhododendron formosum ‘Edinburgh Form’ - is nativeto northeast India, this wonderfully fragrant member of the Maddenii group of species rhododendrons is worth having in your collection. The fragrant flowers are white with some pink and yellowas well, and completely cover the plant in April.You can expect this species to be 5 feet tall and 7feet wide in 10 years. We love the red tinted newgrowth which contrasts nicely with other greenshrubs nearby. Rhododendron formosum ‘EdinburghForm’ is hardy to 10 degrees which ensures that thisone will be around for a long time here in Humboldt County. Occasional pruning is recommendedto keep the plant bushier.October is (still) Membership Renewal Time. Joining or Re-joining time if you are a lapsed member.Last month Members’ newsletter had a self-addressed STAMPED envelope toenclose membership payments. If you used the envelope for your water billcall June 707-443-0604 who will send you a replacement.If you are a member, we will be continuing our very popular program;BRING-A-GUEST-GET-A-PLANT(new guests only for free plant)Bring family and friends, you will get a plant and your guest will have a greattime. Last month the plants stayed in the nursery.if you brought a guest letJune now and your free plant will be delivered to the October meeting.NEW MEMBERS GET A FREE PLANT, too! If you receive this newsletterby email and are not a member, please consider JOINING the Eureka Chapterof the American Rhododendron Society today.Become a member ON LINE, for NEW members only.https://www.rhododendron.org/joincc.aspRenew your membership ON LINE, you will find your member number on youraddress label.https://www.arsoffice.org/renewal/renew.asp

WORD OF THE MONTH – IDEABy Bruce PalmerDuring the summer, Public Television ran a series on the history of Greece. One concept caught my imagination, IDEA. The word IDEA comes directly from the Greek (the Greeks would pronounce it eeedayah). According to Webster’s New World College Dictionary, IDEA means “form or appearance of a thing as opposed to itsreality”.What this has to do with Rhododendrons is a long and tangled tale. After the decline of Egyptian and Persian civilizations a Dark Age ensued that may have been more profound than the Dark Age we are familiar withfollowing the fall of Rome. Finally, around 600 B.C., Western civilization came alive again in what is now mostlyGreece and Turkey. One of the earliest western philosophers we know about,Thales of Miletus, in about 600 B.C., had the temerity to suggest that not all thingsin nature were controlled by the Gods. Some events could be explained by humansusing “form or appearance as opposed to reality”, IDEAS.Fast forward to about 300 BC and we have the first ideas related to botany.Theophrastus, a student of Aristotle, became the “Father of Botany” by classifyingthe then-known plants by their economic and medicinal uses. The Romans, greatcopiers of Greek ideas, copied the work of Theophrastus. After the fall of the Roman Empire (about AD 500), no new ideas were published for a thousand years.Instead, the works of Theophrastus were copied, first by the Arabs then by theEuropeans. Finally, in the late fifteenth century, Europe came out of its slumberand new ideas arose. With the invention of the printing press and the age of exploration, botanists were able to publish accurate descriptions and illustrations (ideas)of what the plant world was all about.Carolus Linnaeus (Karl Linné), in the eighteenth century, used his ideas forTHALES OFclassifying plants and gave us the genus name Rhododendron. Botanists who assignscientific names (taxonomists) have been using that idea ever since to describe ourMELITUS 600 B.C. favorite genus. Unfortunately for those of us who live in this part of California, thename of our native rhodie, Rhododendron macrophyllum,was changed when I was taking a taxonomy class in the 1950s. Formerly it wasnamed Rhododendron californicum, but a person in Washington state discovered that ithad previously been named R. macrophyllum so Linnaeus’ idea of priority dictatedthat the name we have today must be used.Our ideas about rhododendron species and relationships are changing constantly. The current texts place thethousand or so rhodie species in 8 or 9subgenera, but DNA evidence from thelate 1990s suggests that there are only 4subgenera. That kind of evidence isprobably nearer to “reality” than ourprevious ideas were. Still, our ideathat there are nearly a thousand separate species of rhododendrons in theHimalaya probably fits the definition:CAROLUS“form or appearance of a thing as opposed to its reality”. It should be muchLINNAEUSharder to hybridize between species1701-1778Rhododendron macrophyllumthan it is if the species we assign namesto were real. The idea of assigning names to plants to distinguish oneSYNONYM:from another helps us understand them better, though, so let’s conRhododendron californicumtinue to celebrate form or appearance of our rhodies until we havesomething better.

At membership renewal time we give you the opportunity to make gift contributions to several American Rhododendron Society projects and a few projects close to the Eureka Chapter’s members’interests. Last year Eureka Chapter members made additional gifts of over 1000!Eureka Chapter: General Fund, this fund pays for the newsletter printing and postage for those who get theirnewsletter by snail instead of email, supplies and food for potlucks, meeting room rental.American Rhododendron Society: General Fund, this fund pays for ARS support, the Journal, the web site.Research Foundation, this funds scientific research projects. Information derivedfrom the projects yield practical benefits for growing or enjoying rhododendrons, oryield new insights into the biology, geographical distribution or history ofrhododendrons.Endowment Fund, income from this fund is used to provide grants to worthwhileprojects and activities in accordance with the Society's mission. Humboldt BotanicalGarden’s Moss Family Temperate Woodland Garden has been a recipient of this fund.Seed Exchange: helps support the collection and dissemination of seed.Humboldt Botanical Garden, Moss Temperate Woodland Garden: donations to this fund are used formaintenance, irrigation and new plantings.Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden: Located in Federal Way, WA is one of the largest collections ofRhododendrons from around the world. Scientific research, plant collection andprotection of the environments in which rhododendrons grow.Hospice of Humboldt: Starting in December 2018 the Eureka Chapter planted a rhododendron garden andinstalled irrigation near the inpatient rooms. This fund is for the next phases of thegarden.HARRY J. LOWTHER III1930-2019Long time Eureka Chapter member, Harry Lowtherpassed away on October 1, 2019, at home in Eurekawith his family and wife, Ursula, with him.Harry was born in Detroit, Michigan, and was a history teacher in Los Angeles. Harry published manybooks, short stories and poems.To honor Harry donations maybe made to Calvary LutheranChurch in Eureka , EurekaChamber Music Series, orAmerican Cancer Society .Editor’s note; Tim and I oftensaw Harry and Ursula at theEureka Chamber Music concerts. Harry would sit quietly while Urusla greeted all her rhody friends(of which there were many in attendance) and friends they knew in thecommunity. Harry and Ursula were hosts for the Eureka ARS 2017Convention for the Archetectural tour of the Ingomar Club’s Carson

Eureka Chapter/American Rhododendron Society2050 Irving DriveEureka, CA 95503-7022Eureka Chapter Newsletter is published monthlyexcept during July, August and November.Submissions from members are encouraged andshould be sent to June Walsh, Newsletter Editor,by email RhodyHostel@suddenlink.netMembership information and applications are available from Ellen Gill. Htg1anderg@suddenlink.netEureka Chapter is a member of the HumboldtBotanical Gardens, Eureka, CA and The Rhododendron Species Botanical, Federal Way, WA.Eureka Chapter is a chapter of the American Rhododendron Society a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.www.EurekaRhody.orgOctober 24, 2019Future ProgramsNovemberDecember 5, 2019THE very famous, MikeBonesFeasting, Family andFriendsHoliday PotluckJanuary 23, 2020Paula Trinoskey,Chinese GardensFebruary 27, 2020Bill McNamara,Plant Hunting for Quarry Hill BGMarch 26, 2020Bruce Palmer,Plant Hunting with Joseph RockApril 23, 2020Terry Henderson,Propagating RhododendronsApril 24-26, 202048th Annual EurekaRhodo Flower Show and SaleApril 29—May 3, 202075th Annual ARSConvention Portland OR.May 28, 2020Member Mini Show,Let Us See Your Bloomers!June 7, 2020Member Garden Tourand Potluck PicnicThe ideals whichhave lighted myway, and time after time havegiven me newcourage to facelife cheerfully,have been Kindness, Beauty,and Truth. Albert Einstein,physicist, Nobellaureate (14 Mar1879-1955)All programs subject to changeEureka Chapter Officers and Board MembersFor board member contact information or if you are interested in attending a board meeting which areheld the first Wednesday of the month at 7PM, call or email June Walsh 707-443-0604

Steve Hootman from the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden Valerie Soza from the University of Washington and more. Garden tours to include: Crystal Springs Botanical Garden Cecil & Molly Smith Garden Portland Japanese Garden Lan Su Chinese Garden Iseli Nursery Woodburn Nursery The Stewart

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