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American Rhododendron Society
Southwest Oregon Chapter

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Members' experience ranges from novice to expert. If you like gardening and flowers consider becoming a member and have fun with us.


Trophies and bragging
                rights for fabulous flowers

Join the fun!

Join us! Membership form (https://www.rhododendron.org/membership.htm)

Membership benefits include:

--Colorful quarterly Journal with valuable plant and Society information
--Conferences offering international speakers, interesting lectures, tours, auctions, sales, exhibits, and networking opportunities
--Local and international gardens and nursery tours, both public and private
--An outstanding seed exchange program
--Participation in local chapter meetings and events, and newsletters
--Plant auctions and sales. Purchase plants at discount prices
--Involvement in local and international flower shows
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Support of and access to test and display gardens
--Discounts
on rhododendron & azalea reference books and plants
--Information and advice related to growing beautiful plants
--Workshops on pruning, floral arrangements, and other related activities
--Information and access to outstanding companion plants
--Meet and socialize with other really nice people that love gardening
The American Rhododendron Society (ARS) was founded in 1945 in Portland, Oregon. The Society has Chapters all over the United States and throughout the world. The Society helps support nearly 100 community gardens, education, research, and restoration projects around the world.

ARS chapters are located throughout the United States and Canada and in Denmark, Finland, Holland, Scotland, Sweden, and Sikkim. "At-large" members reside in countries around the globe, including Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Brazil, France, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Russia, and South Africa.


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Membership dollars support several activities such as:
  • Creation, distribution, and archival of the quarterly Journal of the American Rhododendron Society which includes informative articles about culture, propagation, hybridizing & hybridizer information, private & public gardens, plant portraits, companion plants, exploration & research, and recognition of outstanding members. We have an extensive archive (http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/JARS/)
  • Internet websites including our 'member only' site (http://www.arsoffice.org), public site (http://www.rhododendron.org), and online store (http://www.arsstore.org)
  • Supporting programs such as online blog (http://www.rhododendron.org/blog/default.asp), seed exchange (www.rhododendron.org/seedexchange1.htm), Plant database (http://www.rhododendron.org/search_intro.asp), program library (http://arsstore.org/programs.php#anchorPROGRAMS), online plant care, plant name registrations, honors and awards, and online store (http://www.arsstore.org)
  • Endowment-type grants for special programs, start up funding grants for conventions, coordination with affiliates and partners, educational activities
  • Research grants through the Rhododendron Research Network (http://www.rhodo-research.net/), and coordination with the Rhododendron Species Foundation (http://rhodygarden.org/cms/)
  • Local Chapter activities and a small administrative staff at headquarters (membership and other operational tasks)

ARS Journal cover image