Greater Philadelphia Chapter is one of the many chapters of the society. Our chapter sponsors flower shows, plant sales, cut flower competitions (truss shows), annual banquets, picnics, program meetings with expert speakers providing exchange of advice and expertise as well as good fellowship among fellow gardeners.
Every year, volunteers from our chapter collect cuttings of native and hybrid rhododendrons from the gardens of members and friends of the chapter. We root the cuttings and later transplant them into four-inch pots. We then sell these rare, unusual and generally unavailable varieties at a minimal cost to our members at our Plants for Member sale.
In case you were wondering, azaleas are rhododendrons. In botany, the genus is Rhododendron, with roughly 1,000 species and uncountable hybrids. The genus is divided into four sets of garden plants: large-leaf rhododendrons (the classic, also known as elepidotes), little-leaf rhododendrons (lepidotes), evergreen azaleas, and deciduous azaleas. There is a fifth group of rhododendrons, vireyas, which are tropical plants with growing conditions similar to those of orchids.
THE ANNUAL TRUSS SHOW/FLOWER COMPETITION this year will be hosted by the Valley Forge Chapter at the Jenkins Arboretum - Subday, May 12, 2013.
THE ANNUAL PLANT SALE will be held at Morris Arboretum on Friday, May 10, 2013 10am - 8pm Members Only and Saturday, May 11, 2013 10am - 4pm Public Admission at the Horticulture Center at Bloomfield Farm (Across from main entrance of the Morris Arboretum). See Plant Sale tab for details and plant list.
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