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Coming Events
  • Next Meeting: January 17 - 3rd Sunday
  • Time: 12:00 Noon for Potluck Lunch
  • Where: Kea'au Community Center
  • Agenda: Topic will be “Vireyas in YOUR Yard”. Please submit 10 images of vireyas in your yard to Sherla.
  • Directions: On the left at the end of the cul-de-sac behind the Police Dept. (across from the Post Office) on Old Volcano Rd. in Kea’au
  • Upcoming:
    • February 20 - Hilo Library Outreach - SATURDAY meeting 0900-1200 lunch at Pineapples Restaurant
    • March 20 - Kea'au Community Center - Speaker TBD
    • April 17 - Kea'au Community Center - Elections
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New Seed List Released — In Lists and Links on the left

From the January 2016 Viva Vireya Newsletter

Prez Sez: Aloha everyone! I hope you have all had a great start to 2016. Please take the time to send Sherla ten pictures of vireyas in bloom in your garden. The pictures do not have to be recent. Our January program will be YOUR gardens. I heard that I missed some outstanding food at the December meeting and the decorations were amazing. Thank you for all your hard work and efforts. Speaking of work, we need to have a work party at the zoo. Pete Adams is cleaning out his greenhouse of some spare species and is donating them to the zoo species bed. We will be removing some hybrids and workers may take them home!
Viva Vireya! Bill Miller President

From the December 2015 Viva Vireya Newsletter

Prez Sez: Many thanks to our November speaker Glen Jameison for his Rhododendrons of New Zealand slide show. He even managed to sneak in a few Vireyas! One thing I noticed was that New Zealand has its own group of hybridizers and I had not heard of the some of the hybrids. They are even hybridizing Maddeniis!
Glen, who is the editor of the Journal of the American Rhododendron Society (JARS), asked us consider receiving the online version of the Journal rather than the paper edition. The cost of printng the JARS is becoming a burden.
Vireya truss challenge - Go through your garden and bring ten trusses to use as table decorations. If you don't have ten trusses, look in your neighbor's gardens! Let's get 250 trusses on the tables. What a great picture that would be for the JARS!
There is a new vireya seed list. More information to follow.
Many thanks to Carol Tanksley for her service on the Board. She is moving back to Florida for a time. We wish her well. Armon Collman has volunteered to be on the Board and has been researching new signage op ons for the zoo. Welcome, Armon!
One of the senior Pana'ewa Zoo gardeners accepted the challenge of weeding the zoo vireya beds for a small remuneration from the Hawaii Chapter. Her name is Teo and over a two month period she laid waste to every weed in the beds down to the new shoots. If you see her, please tell her how much her work is appreciated.
The Vireya T-Shirt Design Contest is open to all Chapter members, foreign and domestic. That's a hint, folks.
If you know of a Chapter member who is ill or injured, please let Marijean Horton know so she can send out a card and/or flowers.
Viva Vireya! Bill Miller President

From the November 2015 Viva Vireya Newsletter

Prez Sez: Thanks to everyone who came to the Zoo Outreach. We gave away a plant or two to everyone who wanted one and had several plants left over. We ended up having a large work party and pruned the Serpentine Beds. We piled up a pickup bed load of dead branches. There are several spaces for new plants if anyone wishes to donate a special hybrid or two. There was also some talk about planting some anthuriums in the deep shade spots where it is just too dark for the vireyas. Everyone was extremely pleased with the work Teo, the senior gardener at the zoo, did in the vireya beds. When we first discussed paying her to weed the grass in the species bed was two feet tall in places and it was discouraging to even look at it. When we were working it was hard to find even new weed sprouts! FYI, we are starting to collect the leftover cuttings at the meetings so we can start them for the Zoo Outreach or the Hilo Public Library Outreach. The easiest way I have found to keep the cuttings alive is to start them in a shady place and leave them alone. Sherla uses Oasis, I use 1/2 inch minus black cinder, Pete uses straight Perlite, for the cutting media. The keys are: don't let them get too dry, place them in dappled shade or darker, and don't MOVE them. The root systems on cuttings are extremely fine and moving them snaps off the roots and the cutting has to start over making new roots. Last but not least, it is dues time again. There are 3 ways to renew. You can re- new online, at the November meeting or send a check in the mail to: Sherla Bertelmann, HC3 Box 4641, Keaau, HI 96749. (Membership $40 and Association $10). http://www.arsoffice.org/member_renewal_form.pdf
Viva Vireya! Bill Miller President

From the October 2015 Viva Vireya Newsletter

Prez Sez: Aloha all - I received a LOT of compliments about the meeting which I thought was pretty disorganized due to our being held hostage by the weather. Many thanks to all the workers who shoveled and picked and weeded and moved old plants between rain squalls. And then we planted all the do- nated vireyas in the black cinder from the zoo! It looks great! Several of the plants are even in bloom! Everyone had the nicest stories about Mitch, some of them were unknown, even to Jim. It just goes to show what a positive influence he had on so many peo- ple. Dennis Rees drove over from Kona and shared some nice stories about Mitch AND Sandy/Betsy/Fang...none of which were her real name! I hope every- one got to watch Sherla's slideshow. It really was a memory lane. We need to start potting up the leftover trusses after the raffle. These would be used for giveaway items at the library and zoo outreach meetings. Speaking of the zoo, don't forget our next meeting is at the entrance pavilion so please bring a comfortable chair unless you don't mind sitting on a wooden bench! The time is also changed from 10 am - 2 pm. Remember, there will be a pruning party in the vireya beds so bring your pruners. We paid a senior gardener (Teo) to weed the zoo vireya beds. I went there today and the result is jaw dropping. THERE ISN'T A WEED IN SIGHT! We all know how much it rained the last month so you know she was out there in a rain slicker weeding. It actually looks like new cinder has been spread it looks so good.
Viva Vireya!, Bill Miller

More Lists and Links!
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