About Us

American Rhododendron Society
Southwest Oregon Chapter

The Southwest Oregon Chapter has provided support  to Mingus Park, the Coquille Riverwalk project, the Hinsdale Garden near Dean Creek Elk Reserve (USDI BLM), City of Bandon, and many more.

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Mother's Day information booth at
              Shore Acres, Coos Bay

Mother's Day display at Shore Acres near North Bend area.

What we do--We have fun exploring the gardening world and rhododendrons in particular.  Activities include:

  • Chapter meetings with interesting and educational speakers, workshops, member only sales, fund raisers, plant giveaways, and special events.

  • Annual Show where we show off cuttings from our plants and vie for wonderful trophies (and bragging rights).

  • Annual Plant Sale where we bring in new and exciting plants from all over the Northwest and offer them to members and the public at discount price.  The profits from the just over wholesale prices help support our speaker costs and other administrative activities. 

  • Cutting Party where we are invited into a private garden for taking cuttings and propagating new plants for ourselves. 

  • Support for local gardens which can involve things like helping to identify or propagate plants, educational activities, and garden restoration.

Current Officers

President: Candy Baumer 541-396-3528

Vice President: Liz Hultin

Secretary: Marjene MacIntyre

Treasurer: Linda Sullivan

Newsletter Editor: Robin Hansen

Distribution: Marjene MacIntyre

The American Rhododendron Society (ARS) was founded in 1945 in Portland, Oregon. We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose purpose is to encourage interest in and to disseminate information about the genus Rhododendron. 

Society activities include public education, plant sales, flower shows, seed exchanges, support for community gardens through grants and cooperative projects, and scientific research.

The Society provides a medium through which people interested in rhododendrons and azaleas can communicate and cooperate with others via its publications, events, local and regional meetings and international conferences.  France, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Russia, and South Africa.

Other benefits:

  • Conventions and regional workshops with exciting speakers, tours of both public and private gardens, tours, plant sales/auctions, and activities.

  • International journal and access to the vast archives which includes the journal as well as information on special plant collections, research, and contribution of special volunteers, researchers, and educators.

  • Registrar for the species rhododendron and databases for looking up plants and growth.

  • Online store that can provide an endless supply of hard to find rhododendron reference materials and gardening products.

  • Tours and programs on hunting for unknown rhododendron species around the world. 

  • Hybridizer information on new introductions, tips on growing and propagating rhododendrons, and improving their gardens.

  • Travel opportunities that may include room/transportation discounts, banquets, one-of-a-kind tours, and many opportunities to explore.

Pruning and propagating are often
              taught in meetings
Pruning and propagating are often discussed and demonstrated in our meetings. Learn how to make your own plants from cuttings!

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