Members Meeting : Third Thursday of the month, from September through June,
at the Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue, 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 of all the major Rhododendron species including Vireyas, Madeniis and Azaleas.
Lakeside Garden Center
(on Lake Merritt, off Grand Avenue)
666 Bellevue Ave.,
Contact: Richard Starkeson