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
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
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.