On March 21st, 2019 we will be pleased to welcome a VRS special speaker, Ole Jonny Larsen all the way from Norway. This is a big deal folks! We are thrilled! He will be speaking to us about "“Plant Hunting - the experience of an amateur” and a brief presentation on Jean Rasmussen, the second wife of Frank Kingdon Ward.
This talk will be held at our normal location - VanDusen Gardens - Floral Hall, 5251 Oak Street at West 37th Avenue (access off West 37th), Vancouver, BC
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
Time: refreshments at 6:30, speaker at 7:30 PM
Visitors welcome – Non-members $10 at the door (no advance registration required).
Free admission to ARS members and associates. Coffee, tea, wine and munchies included with admission
Ole Jonny Larsen and his wife Kari live in Ålesund on the west coast of Norway. He is newly-retired after teaching physics for 41 years in a Norwegian state school.
Jonny has been on the board of the Norwegian Rhododendron Society for seven years, and leader of the society since 2016. A prolific writer, he has authored two books titled Rhododendrons in Norway (2011) and The Great Planthunters (2008) and has edited a book about Rhododendron gardens in Norway. He has over the years written several articles for the American Rhododendron Society (ARS) Journal, the Rhododendron Species Foundation (RSF) yearbook, the Royal Horticultural Society, Rhododendron, Magnolia and Camellia yearbook as well as articles for magazines of Scandinavian Rhododendron Societies.
He is often invited as a speaker for Rhododendron society meetings in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and was one of the keynote speakers at the ARS May, 2018 convention in Bremen, Germany.
Jonny manages a small “backyard” nursery which produces one of the largest Rhododendron species collections in Norway (and Scandinavia), for which he is currently the main supplier and has participated in three plant hunting expeditions to Yunnan and Sichuan, China.
Please do mark your calendars. This is a not-to-be-missed presentation.