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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


Attention! Attention!

The Eugene Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society has a New meeting location and a New meeting date.  

The new location is The Springs at Greer Gardens located at 1282 Goodpasture Island Road, Eugene, OR

The new meeting date is now the third Wednesday of the month.  We look forward to seeing you there!

News from Hendricks Park by Emily Aune

As the last of the Rhododendron auriculatums around the park fade away, it marks the end of the bloom season at Hendricks Park. However, the rhododendrons won’t let me forget about them, as they are quite good at pointing out any irrigation issues. The curling or drooping of their leaves demand my attention, and I spend much of my days repairing irrigation, setting up sprinklers, and pruning vegetation that has grown to block some of the 500 sprinkler heads we have throughout the garden. With the absence of Rhododendron blooms, I come to rely on some of our companion plants to cheer up the garden. Hendricks Park has a huge variety of hydrangeas that bring pinks, blues and whites to speckle the hillside. A grove of vitex makes the south slope glow purple, kaffir lilies create swaths of pink, and one of my personal favorites, our ginger lily, brings a tropical look to the garden. If you only have time to drive by, you can also catch the explosion of willow gentian in the Gateway Bed located across the street from the shelter.

Emily Aune is the Lead Gardener at the Hendricks Park Rhododendron Garden, as well as one of our Board members. You can come volunteer to weed, prune mulch or water Tuesday mornings from 9am-noon March-Oct.

Call 541-510-4636 for questions.

Fall Picnic at Hendricks Park!

September 10th


At the Francis M. Wilkins Shelter from noon till 3 p.m.  Link for Hendricks Park Map

The chapter will provide a sliced ham.

Bring something yummy to share and let’s all start the new season off with a wonderful potluck!

Please bring your own service and beverage. You might want to bring your chair if you prefer to sit in the garden.  Looking forward to seeing you.

Family and friends are invited to attend.

We appreciate them joining in our fun!                  _______________

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