Event Name: Massachusetts Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society Show & Sale
Location: New England Botanic Garden Public Event
Event Date: Saturday, 5/28/2022
Event Time: 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

This show is scheduled for both Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. This event is included with General Admission. We recommend purchasing your tickets online in advance to secure your preferred date. You can also buy tickets in person at the Garden.

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Saturday, May 28, 2022
Show: 12-3:30PM
Sale: 10AM-3:30PM
Guided Flower Show Tour: 1PM
Lecture: “Native Azaleas” | 2:30-3:30PM

Sunday, May 29, 2022
Show & Sale: 10AM-3:30PM
Guided Flower Show Tour: 11:30AM
Lecture: “Intro to Rhododendrons and Their Care” | 1-2:15PM
Lecture: “New Hybrid Rhododendrons via Newly Introduced Species” | 2:30-3:30PM

The Massachusetts Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society invites you to visit New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill during Memorial Day weekend to see fabulous rhododendron flower displays, learn more about these plants by attending one or more educational lectures/workshops, and to purchase unusual rhododendrons, azaleas, and other compatible plants. There will be an educational show in which rhododendron flower entries have been grouped and judged by type. A guided tour of the show entries will be provided both days and four illustrated lectures/workshops will be given throughout the weekend. Unusual and rare rhododendrons, azaleas, and companion plants grown by ARS members will be for sale. Expert growers will be on-hand to answer all your questions about the genus Rhododendron.


Native Azaleas – Saturday, May 28, 2:30-3:30PM

This is a pictorial introduction to the beautiful deciduous azalea species (genus Rhododendron) found growing naturally from Canada to Florida. Hybrids created from them can provide blooms from May until August. Learn where they grow in nature and how you can incorporate them into your landscape.

Intro to Rhododendrons and Their Care – Sunday, May 29, 1-2:15PM

This illustrated presentation will provide an overview of the wide variety of hardy rhododendron species and hybrids that can be grown in our area. It will discuss the 4 main types and will include plants that are grown for outstanding foliage, as well as flowers. We will go through the basics of plant selection, siting, planting, and care. Common problems will be addressed.


New Hybrid Rhododendrons via Recently Introduced Species – Sunday, May 29, 2:30-3:30PM

This presentation focuses on hybrids created using two recently introduced rhododendron species from China:  Rhododendron platypodum and R. yuefengense. These two species have very interesting and useful characteristics not usually seen in rhododendrons. These include very thick, rounded leaves, significant wind-resistance, compact, wider than tall growth habit, and first blooms occurring at a very young age. These characteristics are passed on to their hybrids, which show great promise towards filling needs not previously met. This talk illustrates successes and failures with these interesting parents, hybridizing for foliage, form, color, and precocious blooming.