From the Vancouver Rhodo. Soc. website: 7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 11 Dr. Hartwig Schepker from Bremen, Germany on the “Great Rhododendron Gardens of Europe”. The talk will be held at St Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Centre Meeting Hall, 3150 Ash St., at the corner of 16th Ave and Ash. There is ample off-street parking accessed from 14th Ave. Dr. Hartwig Schepker is the Scientific Director of the Botanic Garden and Rhododendron-Park Bremen, home of one of the largest Rhododendron collections in the world. He is also the Secretary of the German Rhododendron Society and co-editor of the society’s publication “Rhododendron und Immergrüne”. Hartwig has been on several rhododendron trips in South East Asia and North America, including four journeys to Arunachal Pradesh between 2005 and 2012. His main objectives are to promote the important ecological functions of Rhododendrons in their native habitats and to point out the long and important role of rhododendrons in the history of gardening in Germany. Hartwig will show images and discuss some of the finest gardens in Europe, specifically those that feature outstanding collections of rhododendrons.