Carol's Collectibles is a small specialty nursery begun in 1996 in Ashford Connecticut.and moved to Maine in 2009. Before 1996 my gardening experience consisted mainly of growing really fine Swiss Chard, Cosmos and Morning Glories. Then I met Barbara Protheroe, who had worked for Dr. Gustav Mehlquist, world famous geneticist and hybridizer of Rhododendrons and Orchids. I brought home my first "yak" from her collection. A yak is what we call R. yakushimanum, a species native to the Japanese island of that name. I became an instant Rhododendron Nut.