Cowichan Valley Rhododendron Society and Communities in Bloom, Lake Cowichan chairperson Ingeborg Woodsworth explained the phase two plans for 2012.
“We have begun phase two of the garden, within the latest two acre property donated by the Town of Lake Cowichan, continuing with original plants and some propagated species and hybrids. The area will be kept in its natural state and is enhanced with seasonal waters from Beaver Creek — plus yet to be installed irrigation — and old growth stumps which will be used for growing rhododendron assortments. Woodsworth says,
“Our plans this year include placing a necessary second bridge across the seasonal waters to continue the trails from phase one through this new segment, phase two, to the end of Cowichan Avenue. This extension will provide a circular route within the garden and a second entrance/exit. The Town of Lake Cowichan has designated and committed to the perpetuity of this project in the form of maintenance.
“We strive to continue a relationship with the nearby high school and Scout and Girl Guide troops for the purpose of having them work alongside us in the preparation and care of the garden, thus enabling the youth to earn credits and or badges.” she said
There is potential for five phases of this project as the donated land is on both sides of Point Ideal Road with the boulevards being utilized to draw attention to the trail entrances. Phases two through four will encompass three manageable plots of land which with phase one and five will make up the entirety of the park.
The fifth phase plan will include Rhododendron Macrophyllum at the Trans Canada Trail end in Lake Cowichan that is located across the main road from the park.
The object of this memorial park is to provide a variety of different settings for this genus and a unique horticultural interest for all rhododendron enthusiasts.
Rhododendron society chapters and members are encouraged to continue in their support with donations of rhododendron plants and or financial assistance.
For more information contact Woodsworth by email: