2013 The Rhododendron

  • Date: 4th March 2016
  • author: Barry Stagoll

In addition to carrying news about Australian rhododendron-focussed groups and their activities, we’re privileged this year again to publish another most interesting and detailed article about the Sikkim Biodiversity Conservation and Forest Management Project, the very scenic and floriferous territory covered by this project,and its riches of rhododendrons in particular, authored by Bharat K Pradhan, Kamal Poudyal, SBS Bhadauria, Suraj Subba and Dorjee Chewang of the Forest, Environment and Wildlife Management Department, Government of Sikkim, India.
Also an article by Rob and Jackie Hatcher, respectively Australian Rhododendron Society President and Secretary, chronicling their observations of rhododendrons in another most fascinating mountainous region – in this case the European Alps.
And lots of interesting news about the Australian rhododendron groups and the gardens where their members volunteer their time, expertise and labour to maintain and improve the collections and the displays, and to enthuse visitors with the wonders of their contents.

Contents
Editorial · Barry Stagoll.....................................3
The President’s Report · Robert Hatcher ......................4
Reports – Australian Rhododendron Groups .....................5
Rhododendrons in the Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve, Sikkim Bharat Kumar Pradhan, Kamal Poudyal and Dorjee Chewang .........11
Rhododendron Conservation Conference Report ·Robert Hatcher.....................21
Alpen rose – a rhododendron by another name · Robert Hatcher....33
Refurbishment of the Vireya House at Olinda · John O’Hara ............38
Rationale for refurbishment of the Vireya House · Andrew Rouse............................45
Vale Terry Shadbolt · Maurie and Pam Kupsch ...............................49
New Registrations 2012–2013 · Lesley Eaton.....................................51
Australian Rhododendron Society Contact Information................56