Rhododendron Day faces setbacks but still going ahead

The celebration of the 50th anniversary of Rhododendron Day, from October 14 to 17, has had two setbacks.

The planned Blooming Blueskin talk has had to be cancelled, as has the plant sale, due to difficulties in meeting Alert Level 2 social distancing requirements.

However, some events are going ahead, including a cocktail party on Thursday evening, October 14, with an auction of plants, paintings and other items.

On the Friday afternoon, October 15, the David Tannock Memorial Lecture, entitled ‘‘The Rhododendron Dell: A Tour Through Time’’, will be presented by Doug Thomson, curator of the Dunedin Botanic Garden rhododendron collection.

Other events include guided tours of Tannock Glen’s rhododendron collection, presented by Mark Joel; plein air workshops in the upper Botanic Garden with artist Anneloes Douglas; afternoon tea at Olveston; a floristry demonstration and a guided tour of Larnach Castle with Margaret Barker.

Some of the events are free and for others there are charges.

For details and to book, see Friendsdbg.co.nz or email events@friendsbbg.co.nz.

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