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Welcome to the Eugene Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society

Here you will find information about our chapter, who we are, and what we do.  Of course, there is also plenty of information about Rhododendrons, one of our favorite garden plants.  

Please look around our website where you will find lots of information about our activities, favorite plants, membership opportunities and our meeting location. To find out more, come to one of our meetings and check us out. We are easy to find and would love to meet you!

 What’s New & Happening ______________

 The monthly meeting location is The Springs at Greer Gardens located at 1282 Goodpasture Island Road, Eugene, OR   Map of facility Here

The meeting date is the third Wednesday of the month. (Except as noted in the Calender)  We look forward to seeing you there!

Eugene ARS meeting Wednesday, March 14th at The Springs.

Join us for Dinner at 5:30 PM and/or meeting at 7:00 PM.


John Weagle -175 Years

 of Rhododendrons in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia, or Acadia as it was then known, was first settled by the French in 1605. For 150 years the Acadians developed the rich interior farmlands, reclaiming much tidal land by an ingenious system of dikes,many of which are functional to this day. In 1748 the Treaty of Aix-La-Chapelle ceded Acadia to the English. Coastal Nova Scotia, with its cool, foggy summers, is surprisingly a haven to rhododendrons. Once established they require little maintenance and no irrigation.

We will trace the quest of the native Rhododendron maximum and cultivation of Ironclads in the early days from 1850 onward. The climate of Nova Scotia, but primarily the work of our pioneer rhododendron hybridizers from 1950 to the present day, will be our focus, even a glimpse of what the future might possibly

have in store.


John Weagle has been gardening in Halifax, Nova Scotia, since childhood. He says his passions were reasonably controlled until a friend introduced him to trees in 1971 - then all hell broke loose. For years the books told us what could not grow in the Maritimes, and painted a very grim picture of horticulture on this

wind-swept fogbound coast. This would not do as John wanted to grow all the exotic things he was reading about. The big turnaround came when he decided to ignore all the books. In the early 70’s his good friends and gardeners Walter Ostrom and Captain Richard Steele introduced him to even more exotic plants and the fateful

joys of hybridizing rhododendrons and azaleas. He has been breeding rhododendrons and evergreen azaleas since the late 70’s.

No-Host Pre-Meeting Dinner RSVP

Please contact Harold Greer by phone at 541-554-2342 or by e-mail at, so that Harold can let the staff at The Springs know how many will be in our party.

Check out the latest updates to our website

Don’t miss taking a look at the Calendar page. There have been a few changes.

If this is your first visit to our website, we hope that you will look around. We are a diverse, fun-loving group that loves Rhododendrons and all garden plants. Come to one of our meetings to learn more about us! Find information about our meetings here.  Contact a Board member or the Webmaster.

Pictures from the ARS Eugene Chapter, Spring Rhododendron Show & Awards Banquet 2017