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American Rhododendron Society

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. Details are in our Chapter Newsletters but a quick summary of a few upcoming activities include:

  • Field Trip to North Carolina Nurseries
    February 28 - March 2, 2014

  • Joint Meeting with Northern Virginia Chapter ASA, Potomac Community Center
    March 16, 2014
        George McLellan will speak on the Winter Garden

  • Joint District 9 Banquet held with Northern Virginia Chapter ASA at the Wildfire Restaurant in McLean, VA
    October 11, 2014
        Harold Greer will speak

One of our major projects in the coming years will be hosting the 2016 Joint ARS/ASA Convention, a meeting of both the American Rhododendron Society and the Azalea Society of America in Williamsburg, VA, from April 20-24, 2016. We will need our members to help with that event, so please assist when you can. We have selected the theme "Legends and Legacies" for the meeting, and you can check out our website for current plans and updates:
      2016 Joint ARS/ASA Convention

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:
      ARS Store

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 American Rhododendron 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!

Other Acivities:

  • ARS National Convention - Plainsville, OH   May 15-18, 2014
  • Hooper Bald Project:   Protecting Native Azaleas on Hooper Bald, NC
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