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Rhododendron Cultivation and General Information

Where to See Rhodies (Public Gardens Near Us)

  • Jenkins Arboretum - Our Chapter home base, Jenkins Arboretum is one of Pennsylvania's major horticultural showcases of native trees, shrubs, rhododendrons, azaleas, laurel, blueberries, ferns and wildflowers. Included in the collection are rhododendron varieties from all over the world.
  • John Wister Collection, Tyler Arboretum, Media, PA
  • Sott Arboretum, Swarthmore, PA
  • Winterthur Garden, Greenville, DE

Where & How to Acquire Rhodies for Your Garden

  • Octoraro Farm & Gardens- A wholesale nursery specializing in native azaleas and rhododendrons and native companion plants, and a choice selection of non-native species and hybrid rhododendrons.
  • Rare Find Nursery - Rare Find propagates over 1,000 Rhododendrons and Azalea varieties. It is open to the public and also ships east of the Rockies.
  • VF ARS annual plant sale the first weekend each May (open to public)
  • VF ARS annual cutting exchange and auction each August -- Become a member to get involved

  • VF ARS plants for members distribution each September -- Become a member to get involved

Mail Order Sources

  • Van Veen Nursery - This rhododendron nursery will root your cutting or sell plants propagated from their stock plants.  They have an extensive number of varieties including many that are not available in the trade.
  • Whitney Gardens & Nursery - Rhododendrons & azaleas, maples, magnolias, kalmia, conifers, camellias, and perennials.
  • Plant Addicts - Family owned reseller of a wide variety of bushes, perennials, annuals, succulents, and more.

American Rhododendron Society Links

Partial list of donation recipients from the Valley Forge ARS

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Where every purchase benefits the American Rhododendron Society

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