Appreciation: Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden - the Parks Board 50

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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Well, this is a little ambitious. I blame @Nina Shoroplova, whose new book Legacy of Trees - Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver's Stanley Park (Heritage House, June 2, 2020, 278pp) has a brief chapter on the Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden, with her own map of the trees from the Park's Board's https://vancouver.ca/files/cov/ted-and-mary-greig-garden-50-rhododendrons-of-interest.pdf document, with the trees listed in order by walking tour. Thinking this would be easy now, I set off right away, book in hand, to photograph them all, forgetting for a moment that I didn't know what they looked like, and more than half of them were finished blooming by now. Then I went back, got my Parks Board document so that I could see what they were supposed to look like and started over. My next discovery was that where the maps show two cultivars, there are six on the site, none of them of the colour I was expecting. And of course, in the however many years since the document was created, some of the trees have disappeared or been moved.

    Alas, I am into it now. My ultimate goal is to provide more than one photo of each of the rhododendrons in the Parks Boards "50 Rhododendrons of Interest", showing the habit, flowers, leaves and any other distinguishing feature. I would like for each to include the blooming month or months, so that a query on month in this thread will bring up postings of what's in bloom that month. I am inviting anyone with photos of the plants in this document to contribute postings. I will edit postings not made by me to have a standard first line. Clearly, this is a multi-year effort - what gets missed doesn't come around for another year. Oh well, here we go. Quoted text is from the Parks Board document linked to above. The locations map is the last page of that document.
     
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    Rhododendron 'Chionoides' - white flowers - Blooming: June
    This was a good start - it is in bloom (or was a week ago when I took these photos), and it's where the maps say it is.
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    Rhododendron 'Fatuosum Flore Pleno' - lilac-coloured flowers - Blooming: May-June
    This was another that was easy to identify - the name says the flowers will be double, and they are, sort-of. Semi-double.
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    Edited June 10, 2020: I found another of these down from Haro Street, on the lagoon side of the tennis courts. I don't think this is technically still the Greig Rhododendron Garden.
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    Rhododendron 'Fabia' - pinkish orange - Blooming: May-June
    This seems to now be called Rhododendron Fabia Group. The photos are from May 21; it's a long bloomer, as these plants are still in bloom, still looking ok a week into June. The coloured calyx is characteristic. There are a lot of locations in the garden, only two of which are on the map.
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    Rhododendron Wedding Present - orange - Blooming: May
    Barbara Cook told Nina Shoroplova that the plant called 'Wedding Present' was a wedding present to Alleyne and her, and they did not know the cultivar name. Well, there are two plants similar to the colour shown in the brochure at the location given on the map. Since we don't know the cultivar name anyway, I am just going to show photos of what I think is the more likely, and the other that is next to it.
    This shrub seems to be exactly where the marker shows, right on the walking path where the Davidia is.
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    This plant just to the right of the one above and a little back from the path, looks similar but I think is not the same. It gives the appearance of being almost the same colour, but looks more pink in my photos. It had only two partial trusses with any flowers left.
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    Rhododendron 'Impi' - dark red - Blooming: May June
    I don't know about the "ruddy green" leaves, but it has some red petioles and strikingly dark red flowers and is in the spot indicated.
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    Edited June 18, 2020: these are still in bloom. The blotches are visible in these.
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    Rhododendron 'Anna Rose Whitney' - deep pink - Blooming: May
    These two trees are on the south side of the Nelson Street entrance to the park. It was well-finished blooming on June 1 - I won't get any prizes for these photos. Maybe I'll get to replace them next year.
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    Rhododendron 'Sappho' - white with purple - Blooming: May
    This was so finished on June 1, but I think it works to show what it looks like.
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    Rhododendron 'George Watling' - white with pale primrose - Blooming: June
    I found an American Rhododendron Society plant registry entry for this:
    This isn't exactly at the location of the marker, but it's sort of close - it's very close to the golf course fence, hard to get right up to. It looks just like the photo in the brochure. Yes on the iridescent glow. I don't know about the ribbed foliage, though I see a bit of that in the 2nd photo when I zoom in. Most of the ribbed foliage is on the blackberries.
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    I am glad I have broad shoulders! Well done, Wendy Cutler, and all the best with your goal. As you say, it may take a few years, but it will be worthwhile. I will join in once in a while!
     
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    Rhododendron 'May Day' - red with red calyces - Blooming: May
    Ron B has said that "'May Day' is a grex, with several clones having been circulated", and that it has a broader corolla than what I have posted as a contender for that name. This one is in the two locations marked on the map, has the coloured corolla and cinnamon brown indumentum on the leaf undersides. I have missed the best flowering - the first photos were taken at the end of April, the others in June.
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    This was taken in May a year ago.
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