The American Rhododendron Society is a non-profit organization whose
purpose is to encourage interest in and to disseminate information about the
genus Rhododendron. Members' experience ranges from novice to expert.
Society activities include public education, flower shows, seed exchanges,
scientific studies, and communication through publications and local and
national meetings. ARS chapters are located throughout the United States
and Canada and in Denmark, Finland, Holland, Scotland, Sweden and Sikkim.
Welcome from Bob McIntyre - ARS President:
On behalf of the many thousands of rhododendron enthusiasts world wide "welcome
to our web site." Here you will find valuable resources which enable you to
learn more about the selection and care of rhododendrons. We hope this
will encourage you to "grow" and appreciate the genus Rhododendron (which
includes azaleas), and you will include these wonderful
plants in your garden/landscape. Rhododendrons can be grown almost anywhere in the world,
from the tropics to the Himalayas (home to a large population of the species
which are parents to many cultivated hybrids seen in gardens around the world).
Among Society members, you will find many who share
common interests whether you are a professional grower, amateur or sophisticated
gardener. I encourage you to find a chapter in your area (listings occur
on the Chapters section in the web site menu) and
visit them for an opportunity to join the Society. - "Come see what we
have to offer" - We would welcome you as a member!
Need help growing Rhododendrons?
Learn how to select, plant, prune, feed, transplant and propagate rhododendrons
and azaleas in the ARS' comprehensive care guide. Also check out the
helpful "how-to" information in articles
previously published in the ARS Journal.
Search the ARS Rhododendron Databases
The species and hybrid database provides descriptions for over 1450
rhododendrons. Find plants by name, flower color,
height in 10 years, hardiness, bloom time, etc. Also search the azalea database
listing 400 different azalea varieties.
Rhododendron Photo Gallery
View over 2000 photo images of rhododendron and azalea hybrids and species. The Society is
pleased to make available a searchable database of digital photo images for
rhododendron lovers. Read how to access the images.
Rhododendron Blog - New
The "All about Rhododendrons" blog is a new feature you will want to read and bookmark. Whether a
seasoned-pro or growing a rhododendron for the first time you will find many blog entries of interest.
Join the ARS and receive the quarterly ARS Journal. Articles cover
culture, propagation, hybridizing, gardens, companion plants, exploration,
scientific research and Society events and news.
& ARS Journal Electronic Archive
Previously published issues of the ARS Quarterly Bulletin and Journal are available on-line at
Virginia Tech's Digital Library and Archive.
Visit the "Archive"
ARS Online Store: ARSStore.org - New
Every purchase benefits the ARS at no extra cost. ARSStore.org
features ARS logo caps, visors, shirts, jackets, and computer bags; and nationally known
merchants’ online stores. When shopping in stores, get a gift
card online first. Also, chapter programs can be downloaded.
2015 ROY Plants
The ARS proudly announces its Rhododendron of the Year
(ROY) awards for 2015. Chosen for excellent foliage, flower and habit,
these beautiful rhododendron varieties make wonderful additions in your garden.
2015 ARS Seed Exchange - Now Open for Sales
The seed exchange is open for sales. See ordering instructions for
further information. View the searchable seed catalog. Order seed
2014 Gold Medal Award
The Society takes great pleasure in presenting its Gold Medal honor to John Hammond of the ARS
Scottish Chapter for his significant contributions to the Genus Rhododendron. Read more
about the 2014 honoree.
2015 ARS Annual Convention
The world is coming to Sidney, BC, Canada for the 70th anniversary ARS 2015 Convention, May 6-10, 2015.
Hear presentations from international experts: Jim Barlup, Marc Colombel, Lionel de Rothschild, Ken Cox, Harold
Greer, Guan Kaiyun and Hartwig Schepker. With special presentations from Laura Grant and Dr. Ben Hall;
29 private and public gardens will be on display over three days. Availability of new hybrids, species
and rare rhododendrons for purchase. Please visit our website for
comprehensive information and registration forms.
ARS Research Foundation Awards Four Grants for 2014
The Research Foundation of the American Rhododendron Society selected four
research project proposals to be funded for 2014. The total award for all grants was $11,750.
Call for 2015 Research Grant Proposals
The Research Committee is pleased to announce its call for applications for rhododendron and
azalea research grants. Awards up to $5,000 are available.
Researchers are encouraged to submit project proposals before the March 1, 2015
deadline. Application information
Call for Endowment Grant Proposals
The ARS will award grants from its endowment fund to support the development of programs,
projects or publications that educate the general public in the growing and
culture of rhododendrons. Written proposal will be accepted up to the deadline
of February 15, 2015. More information.
Proven Performer Lists
Identify plants that perform well in your neighborhood as selected by members in ARS chapters near
where you live.
Rhododendron Nursery Finder
Locate nurseries near where you live. Find helpful information from ARS Commercial
vireya information? A link to Chris Callard's comprehensive vireya web
site can be found in the drop down menu at page top under "Plant Data".
On-line Plant Name Registration
North Americans desiring to name rhododendrons or azaleas can easily do so on-line.
Coalition of American Plant Societies
ARS participates in annual Plant Society summit to discuss common opportunities, challenges,
and potential areas of cooperation.
Make A Gift to Support the American Rhododendron Society
Would you like to honor a special person or event or memorialize a friend or
loved one? A donation to the ARS Endowment Fund or a contribution to the
Research Foundation of the ARS can make that happen.