The Potomac Valley Chapter ARS is one of three chapters of
the American Rhododendron Society
located in District IX, or the Middle Atlantic region of the United States. Our
Potomac Valley Chapter meetings are usually held at the Potomac Community Center
in Potomac, DC,
on Sunday afternoons,
although we do hold occasional meetings at other locations in nearby Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC. Guests are always welcome at our regular meetings.
We are looking forward to a joint convantion between the American Rhododendron Society and the German Rhododendron Society to be held in Bremen, Germany, next spring. There will be exciting garden tours and speakers at the meeting. Pre and post convention tours are available to the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland, too. Registation is now open so check out the conference website:
ARS 2018 - International Rhododendron Conference
The ARS now has an online store and every purchase made through that link will benefit the society. Please check
out the store and support our participating vendors:
Our standard chapter activities include meetings on a variety of topics, garden tours, field trips, auctions of rare plants, banquets,
picnics, plant sales, group orders, a local seed exchange, a photography contest, and more.
We also publish an informative newsletter
with four to five issues per year and usually two of them are in color. We have about 10 years of back newsletters
online so check them out for information on rhododendrons and insight into past activities:
Potomac Valley Chapter ARS Newsletters
As a member of the Potomac Valley Chapter ARS you
will automatically become a full member of the
Society. This entitles you to a year's subsription to its outstanding quarterly Journal, filled
with information and many color pictures. You will also be invited to attend national conventions or
regional conferences, and participate in the National Seed Exchange.
Membership in our chapter not only provides
a source for rare and unusual plants not generally available, but also
access to expert advice from some very knowledgeable horticulturists. Most of
us raise many different kinds of plants in addition to rhododendrons and
azaleas. We also welcome Associate Members from other ARS chapters.
Come join us!
Some Upcoming Events:
- North Carlolina Nursery Field Trip - March 2-3, 2018: Trip to Camellia Forest, Big Bloomers, and Plant Delights Nurseries in North Carolina
- Chapter Meeting - March 25, 2018: Sonny Coble speaks on the Reiley Ridge Rhododendrons
- Pennsylvania Nursery Field Trip - April 12, 2018: Trips to Nurseries in Pennsylvania to buy more plants
- International Rhododendron Conference in Germany - May 21-26, 2018: Joint Convention of the American and German Rhododendron Societies in Bremen, Germany