The 2014 International Philadelphia Flower Show  March 1 - 9, 2014

The 2014 International Philadelphia Flower Show theme is "Articulture" and is a mashup of art and horticulture.  Our exhibit theme is "A Rhododendron Confection".

The 2013 International Philadelphia Flower Show  March 2 - 10, 2013
The 2013 International Flower Show - "Brilliant"! This year's theme is Great Britain. The show will be a celebration of the contemporary culture, design, gardens, and landscapes of Great Britain. "Brilliant" is a British word for something that is exceptionally innovative, extraordinary, and glorious. So the stage is set for the 2013 Philadelphia International Flower Show. Last year our Chapter celebrated it's 50 year of participation in the show and we are moving forward towards our 51st year. Our exhibit, 'Artisits' Rhododendron Retreat' will focus on four peaceful garden venues reflecting on ideas of 'The Bloomsbury Group', an intelectual group who were prominate at the turn of the century in Great Britain. 
We will be setting up the exhibit on Tuesday 26 February, 2013 and removing the exhibit on Sunday evening 10 March, 2013. If you would like to help with this exciting adventure please contact Linda Hartnett. We also have people at the exhibit during the Flower Show talking with visitors about our exhibit and rhododendrons. If you are interested in helping at the exhibit please contact Michael Mills. The Flower Show is held at The Philadelphia Convention Center. For hours and fees for entry go to The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's website.

posted Feb 13, 2012, 6:20 PM by Myo Myint   [ updated Jan 1, 2013, 9:14 AM by Linda Hartnett ]


2013 Rhododendron Plant Sale

posted Apr 19, 2011, 6:51 PM by Myo Myint   [ updated Jan 1, 2013, 9:19 AM by Linda Hartnett ]

The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will hold its annual Plant Sale at Morris Arboretum this year.  A large selection of outstanding rhododendrons, all hardy in the Delaware Valley, will be available.  Our plants are selected for the beauty of their flowers and foliage and the pleasure they bring to the garden.  We will help you choose the right shrub for your needs and share our expertise to successfully grow it in your garden.  Plants offered will include large-leaf (elepidotes) and small-leaf (lepidotes) rhododendrons, evergreen and deciduous azaleas, and kalmias (mountain laurels).  Native and species rhododendrons will be represented. We will also be offering our own rooted cuttings and grafted plants of unique and hard to find rhododendrons. Our grafting program has brought many plants to us that would not ordinarily be able to survive in our area. Come and see our latest new 'babies'.


Would you like to take home a free rhododendron?  Become a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society.  If you join during the Plant Sale we will give you a choice plant and membership in a global organization.  The regular annual membership is $40.  New members joining April 1 through July 1 will receive 18 month membership.  The society features an outstanding Quarterly Journal, annual and regional conferences, and an exciting Seed Exchange.  The Chapter meets at Morris Arboretum with informative speakers, exhibits plants in formal displays at the Philadelphia Internaional Flower Show, and maintains a Plants for Members Program to make rarely offered rhododendrons available to members. 


The rhododendron sale will follow the schedule and hours of the Arboretum’s Plant Sale.

Plant Sale Members-Only Day: Friday, May 10, 10am-8pm.  It is also open for ARS members.

Public Sale: Saturday, May 11, 10am-4pm.

For information, contact:  Karel Bernady, 610 827 0113 or visit the Morris Arboretum's website. 


K. Bernady


Philadelphia Flower Show

posted Mar 15, 2011, 1:48 PM by Myo Myint   [ updated Mar 15, 2011, 1:56 PM ]

Our garden display, Place des Rhododendron, was a beauty to the eye. The display was very well received. Our many thanks go out to the committee who have been preparing since the summer of 2010. Kim Kopple, Debby Evans, Ted Stecki, Randy Dalton, Michael Mills, Linda Hartnett, Cynthia Rossetti, Rupert Rossetti, Sue Camp, and Karel Bernady, who helped with the plant acquisition, deserve great thanks. A special thank you to our setup and takedown committee: Andy Earle,
Sue Camp, Glenn Fredrick, Pat Kelleher, Michael Mills, Randy Dalton, Debby Evans, Linda Hartnett, Cynthia Rossetti, Joan Deen, Ted Stecki, Tom Lloyd, Joan Roberts, and Tom Conover. Thank you to everyone who took the time to staff the exhibit and answer questions of the attendees.  If we have forgotten anyone please forgive us and thank you. We also want to thank Dan O'Brien from Fairmount Park for his excellent job of forcing our plants. This is not an easy feat. We look forward to next year's show.  Also, we owe an extra thank you to Ted Stecki for all of his trips to and from the show to deliver, retrieve, and care for the plants in the evenings.  Thank you to Betts for arranging the exhibit watchers.

posted Feb 11, 2011, 8:43 PM by Myo Myint   [ updated Jan 1, 2013, 9:24 AM by Linda Hartnett ]

Help Save the Azaleas at the National Arboretum

posted Jan 9, 2011, 6:50 PM by Myo Myint   [ updated Feb 14, 2011, 9:04 PM ]

Last fall, the U.S. National Arboretum announced plans to remove most of the original Glenn Dale azaleas citing the loss of a private annual grant of $110,000.  Many of thses spectacular specimen azaleas are over 60 year old.  Please visit the "Save the Azaleas" website: set up by Mr. Steve Henning and Don Hyatt's Fact Sheet:
On Monday, February 14, the Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) annonced that it received $1 million from an anonymous donor to establish an endowment for the National Arboretum azalea and boxwood collections.  FONA also plans to launch a fundraising campaign in the spring for another $1 million. 
Director Colien Hefferan of the National Arboretum announced the suspension of its earlier decision to eliminate the collections.  You can share your comments and recommendations on saving the azaleas on the comment box in the National Arboretum website: 

posted Jan 8, 2011, 7:18 PM by Myo Myint   [ updated Jan 1, 2013, 9:25 AM by Linda Hartnett ]


November Chapter Meeting

posted Nov 8, 2010, 9:58 PM by Myo Myint   [ updated Jan 8, 2011, 7:53 PM ]

On November 11, 2010, Stephen Ripper of the Lehigh Valley Bonsai Society demonstrated a hands-on presentation on using Bonsai techniques with Rhododendrons at our chapter meeting at Morris Arboretum.  The meeting was well attended and everyone appreciated the exciting and interesting topic.

posted Sep 30, 2010, 6:27 PM by Myo Myint   [ updated Jan 1, 2013, 9:27 AM by Linda Hartnett ]


posted Jun 1, 2010, 10:33 AM by Myo Myint   [ updated Jan 1, 2013, 9:26 AM by Linda Hartnett ]


posted Apr 6, 2010, 10:14 AM by Myo Myint   [ updated Jan 1, 2013, 9:28 AM by Linda Hartnett ]

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