Come join us for an exciting talk this Thursday by John Weagle entitled "60 + Years of Hybridizing in Atlantic Canada".
John gardens in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In the early 70’s good friends and gardeners introduced him to more exotic plants and the fateful joys of hybridizing rhododendrons and azaleas. He has been breeding rhododendrons and evergreen azaleas ever since. His main interest is the Family Ericaceae which does so wonderfully well on the misty coast of Nova Scotia. John belongs to many societies and his interests include bamboos, cyclamen, nerines, magnolias, hellebores, asarums, alpines, sempervivums, galanthus and especially Shortia spp. - you get the picture. With the help of his skilled partner Ken Shannik, who operates Insigne Gardens, they maintain four gardens - two city gardens, a woodland garden 100kms. from the city near Lunenburg and have started a new one in a very mild area on an island near Yarmouth some 320 kilometers southwest of Halifax in Zone 7b. He is usually found re-potting, digging, planting or stumbling over far too many plants, tubs, troughs and cold-frames. John is a recipient of the Leslie Hancock Award and The Hybridizer’s Award of the Rhododendron Society of Canada. A well-known plantsman he has spoken across Canada, the USA, at the International Rhododendron Symposium in Bergen, Norway and at the Botanic Garden in Tromsø, Norway. We are very luck to have him! Come join us on Thursday for this great talk.