Mar 3rd Program:
MGF Monthly Educational Meeting
THE GATHERING PLACE
2500 NE 78th Street, Vancouver WA
Rhododendrons, Natures Carpet
with Mike Stewart,
owner of Dover Nursery
Presentation by Mike Stewart, shows rhododendrons growing in their native habitat, mostly in the Himalayas where he has traveled and collected these slower growing, smaller, plants. He will also talk about where these plants fit into the genus, and how they differ from what most people know about rhododendrons. Seeing rhododendrons in their native habitat helps understand the conditions we need to provide in our own gardens to grow many plants successfully.
Mike and his wife Maria, are owners of Dover Nursery in Sandy, Oregon. After 40 years of propagating and growing rhododendrons, they have recently retired from the nursery business. Dover Nursery grew over 1,200 different varieties of Hybrid and Species rhododendrons. The Nursery included 30 acres of field grown rhododendrons and 2 acres of greenhouse grown container rhododendrons and produced and shipped 40,000 rhododendrons each year. The Stewarts shipped plants annually to 70 retail garden centers throughout the US and Canada.
Mike is the Past President of the American Rhododendron Society and Past President of the Rhododendron Species Foundation and Botanical Garden, Federal Way, Washington. He is the recipient of the Gold Medal, American Rhododendron Society.