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Members Meeting : Third Thursday of the month, from September through June,
Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Belleview Ave, Oakland. The lecture begins at 7:30 pm.
For more information, please see the calendar. Admission is free.


The California Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society was founded in 1952 by local Rhododendron enthusiasts. The chapter currently has over 100 members in the San Francisco Bay Area, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Hawaii. Members of the California Chapter enjoy monthly meetings which are held every third Thursday of the month from September to May. The meetings start at 7:30 pm and continue until 9:30 pm.


Meetings generally include a guest speaker who is knowledgeable about rhododendrons or good companion plants. Topics in the past have in included "Exploring for Rhododendrons in the wilds of China, India and Tibet", "New Hybrids on the Oregon/Washington Coast", "Satsuki Azaleas", "Rhododendrons in the wild", "Sudden Oak Death" and "Vireyas." Each meeting usually ends with a silent auction of plants provided either by our guest speaker or by the club. Members and friends also enjoy field trips to local gardens and nurseries.

The annual show and plant sale features hundreds of blossoms and trusses representing all the major Rhododendron groups, including vireyas, maddenias and azaleas.

2017 ARS Cal Chapter Annual Show and Sale
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Colorful display of a wide variety of rhododendrons.
Many plants for sale, including tropical vireyas
Lakeside Park Garden Center
666 Belleview Ave
Oakland,CA

See newsletter for more information:


American Rhododendron Society
Annual Convention
April 27-30, 2017

Eureka, California

Hosted by the Eureka Chapter