American Rhododendron Society


Mt. Baker, Washington seen from Whidbey Island - Photo: Don Smart


Cascade Chapter



Upcoming events:

April 8 Cascade Meeting—7PM Meeting—Gardens of Long Island—Don Smart

April 24-26 Rhododendron Species Foundation 50th Anniversary Conference

May 13 Cascade Meeting—Preparing for the Truss Show—”Show and Tell” your gardens!

May 17-18 Cascade Annual Show and Sale at Wilburton School—Plan to volunteer.

June 10 Cascade Annual Meeting and Potluck

September 26—28 ARS 2014 Western Regional Conference—Everett—Sponsored by our District 2

Winter Color - Chinese Witch Hazel - Don Smart

R. Fabia x R. bureavii in Picture Above - October 26th

Meeting Information:

When: Tuesday - April 8, 2014 - 7PM
Where: First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue
           1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA

April Program—Don Smart - Gardens of Long Island, NY

 For April’s program Don will show pictures from the garden tours during the ARS Convention on Long Island, NY in 2010. This program will include the Planting Fields Arboretum, and private gardens of Werner Brach, Bud Gehnrich, and Bruce Feller. There will also be a short visit to Sagamore Hill, Teddy Roosevelt's summer home on Long Island.

 Visitors are always welcome. Refreshments are served. Door prizes are awarded and there is a raffle for rhododendrons or companion plants. 

 Note that the April 2014 newsletter has 2 more pages of color pictures and than the newsletter sent out by snail mail.


Who We Are

The aim of the Cascade Chapter, a chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, is to help the membership have a better understanding of growing rhododendrons. Members share their expertise and experiences in such areas as plant propagation, fertilization, pruning, and hybridization.

Membership not only affords a means to learn, but also a healthy and friendly environment to share, and enjoy the association of other garden lovers. Frequently, members show slides taken at various gardens, both near and far, that illustrate the beauty and diversity of the genus rhododendron. Members have opportunities to obtain plants via door prizes, raffles, and auctions.

Gordon's Trophy
Gordon's Trophy - Photo: Stuart Imrie

Online Newsletters

April 2013   May 2013   June 2013   September 2013
  October 2013  November 2013   December 2013   January 2014
February 2014   March 2014   April 2014

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Membership Information

To become a member of the CASCADE CHAPTER, send dues to our membership coordinator at the address below. Dues are $40.00 for an Regular Annual Membership, $10.00 for a Student Annual Membership, or $10.00 for Associate Membership if you are already a member of another ARS Chapter. If you would like to join on-line and use a credit card, please follow this link to the ARS secure site. Specify that you are joining the Cascade chapter. Or send a check with your information to the address below. Please include your phone number and email.
Mailing address:

ARS Cascade Chapter
1618 290th Ave NE
Carnation, WA 98014

Phone: 425-333-6178

E-mail: Membership Chair


"Windsong" by Jim Barlup


Links to Visit

American Rhododendron Society - National website

Visit the new ARS Store where anything you order through links to provides a percentage to the ARS. Click image.

Rhododendron and Azalea News
- This quarterly newsletter is published by Marty Anderson, who is doing a wonderful job of collecting articles from all over the world. It is part of the ARS web site.

Meerkerk Gardens - Whidbey Island

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, Federal Way, WA

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"Snow Candle" by Jim Barlup