American Rhododendron Society


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


Cascade Chapter



Upcoming events:

May 6-10th, 2015 - ARS Convention - Sidney, BC, Canada


 2014 Chapter Show and Sale

Moving a Large R. sutchuenense in Bob and Coleen's Garden

The Lift

Over the New Hole

Meeting Information:

When: Sunday - January 11,2015 - 2PM
Where: First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue,
Room UC-105 1717 Bellevue Way NE
(Please note that the Seahawks' playoff game is on Saturday evening a 5;15PM - not Sunday afternoon.)

Program: Dennis Bottemiller - Gardens of northern Europe - Spring 2014

Germany’s Oktoberfest is over, and so are the many Christmas Markets, but we can visit Germany with Dennis Bottemiller. Dennis is the Nursery manager and Head propagator for the RSBG, as we all know. He traveled to Germany last spring to visit some of that country’s best gardens. He did 23 Gardens and 1 museum in 11 days and 2880 km (or 1800 miles).

A group of 20 ARS members were able to visit gardens from large public gardens such as the Bremen Rhododendron Park to small private gardens on a regular city lot. They boarded a brand new private bus in Hamburg and immediately began an intense whirlwind tour beginning with the exhibition Rhodo 2014 in Westerstede Germany which is put on only every four years.

Northern Germany and Denmark seem to be the epicenter for rhododendron growing in Europe and examples of fine gardens were everywhere. Dennis hopes to convey the charm of the old country and the way they embrace gardening with plants of our favorite genus! Come and join us for a travel log of that part of Germany many of us have never seen.

Everyone is welcome. There will be refreshments and a number of plants available for the door prize and raffle.

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

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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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