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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

Please Welcome New Board Member Emily Aune

My name is Emily Aune. I currently work as the full-time field lead and caretaker at Hendricks Park.  This 79-acre city park includes a 10-acre Rhododendron Garden planted in 1951, a Native Plant Garden, picnic areas and acres of forested trails.  This will be my 9th season being on staff at Hendricks Park.  I began my love of the outdoors and plants in Bloomington, Indiana, where I spent my summers working at youth camps and at a retail plant nursery during my last few years of high school.  I moved to Oregon in 1999, as I had some family in Eugene, and I quickly fell in love with the mountains, streams and mossy green forests.

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O. HOWARD HINSDALE GARDEN SPRING,  April 15, April 29 and May 13, 2017


Mark your calendars now for April 15, April 29 and May 13, 2017. Yes, we know there will be many other garden events and visits competing for attention, but don’t miss out because you overlooked the date. And we promise no hiccup as occurred last year, when unforeseen events led to cancellation of public open garden days. There’s now both a footbridge to the east garden and an ADA path throughout, so everyone may enjoy the entire garden. Those who have visited before will also notice the former Hinsdale home has been removed. We’re excited about the opportunities that will present in continuing improvements to the garden and facilities for visitors.


The open hours will be from about ten in the morning until two in the afternoon. Parking will be available at the Elk View Kiosk about a mile west of the garden, with complimentary transportation to and from the garden. That service is provided by the Friends of Hinsdale Garden, who will also man an information booth in the garden. Your voluntary donations to their generous support of the garden will of course be welcome. Visits by groups of perhaps ten or greater on other than these dates may also be possible by prior arrangement.


The O. Howard Hinsdale Garden, likely the oldest rhododendron centric garden in the State, contains a stunning collection of rhododendrons intermixed with many fine magnolias, camellias and other companions. Publicly owned and maintained via the Bureau of Land Management, that agency’s assistance also plays a vital role in making open garden days possible.


Do take time to enjoy this very special “…food and medicine to the mind.”


Gordon Wylie

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 Rocky Knoll Farms -Jack and Sandie’s Place


Thank you Jack Olson for the wonderful presentation April 11 at the Willamette Valley Hardy Plant meeting entitled “How to Grow Rhododendrons From Seed.”  This presentation was followed Thursday April 13th with a great tour of Jack’s rhododendron growing setup and a viewing of lots of rhododendron foliage. Regrettably the blooming season for the rhododendrons at Jack’s property, which is at higher elevation than in town, had not started yet this year.  Jack said the 2017 blooming season is running late at his property.  Luckily for everyone who wished to see woodland wildflowers, Jack provided a walk through their magical forest setting. Jack pointed out various blossoms.  He also pointed out some majestic trees along this walk.  After the walk, we returned to hot pizza prepared by Jack’s wife, Sandie.  Thank you Sandie & Jack.

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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.