The Vancouver Rhododendron Society is a chapter of the American Rhododendron Society.  Meetings held on the 3rd Thursday of the month (some exceptions apply - please refer to PROGRAM).  Meetings start at 7:30 PM at Van Dusen Garden Botanical Garden - Floral Hall.  Doors open at 7:00 PM.  Please click on the PROGRAM menu to see what interesting speakers we have in store for this year.

Plant Sale

Hello all,

Isn't this weather fantastic!  There is no better time than to get out there, find all the holes in the garden that need filling, and haul out all those non-rhodo things that didn't make it through our late cold snap in February :) . Its the annual Vancouver Rhododendron Society show and sale this Saturday May 4th starting at 10am.  We will have a wonderful selection of plants including both species and hybrid rhododendrons, as well as member donated unique plants at great prices.  This year we are happy to...

by u8915055  |  Tuesday, April 30, 2019  | Read more >>

On March 21st, 2019 we will be pleased to welcome a VRS special speaker, Ole Jonny Larsen all the way from Norway.  This is a big deal folks!  We are thrilled!  He will be speaking to us about "“Plant Hunting - the experience of an amateur” and a brief presentation on Jean Rasmussen, the second wife of Frank Kingdon Ward.

This talk will be held at our normal location - VanDusen Gardens - Floral Hall, 5251 Oak Street at West 37th Avenue (access off West 37th), Vancouver, BC
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
Time: refreshments at 6:30, speaker at 7:30 PM
Visitors welcome – Non-members $10 at the door (no advance...

by u8915055  |  Thursday, February 21, 2019  | Read more >>

Hello all,

Well spring has finally arrived.  I trust that you've had a chance to survey your garden and identify empty spots that need filling with a new rhododendron or companion plant!   Well we're here for you :)    Our annual show and sale is scheduled for this Saturday starting at 10 am.  The event is held at Park and Tilford Gardens in North Vancouver.  Its a great event that offers a great opportunity to shop for rhododendrons and other plants.  This year we'll have lots of great rhododendrons including some collector species rhododendrons that have been grown by local rhodo enthusiats.  These are awesome plants.   Like last...

by u8915055  |  Thursday, May 3, 2018  | Read more >>

Hello all rhodo enthusiasts.  I hope your rhodos are enjoying this less harsh winter we've been having.  I have a Rhodendron hippophaeoides that I rescued from a house that was being sold and torn down, that I had to heavily prune to move, and it is just bursting with buds raring to go!  

With all this near gardening weather, I have managed to rebuild the Indumentum newsletter archive and make it available again to readers.  This is a fantastic compilation of interesting stories and factoids that our past editor Don Haslam put together over the years.  I highly encourage everyone to take a read.  Good stuff in there.

Don has...

by u8915055  |  Sunday, January 14, 2018  | Read more >>

Hello all,

I hope everyone had a very enjoyable summer that was full of fun and new garden adventures.  September is upon us and the Vancouver Rhododendron Society has put together a fantastic program for 2017-2018.  We have some great new speakers, and wonderful repeat speakers for your enjoyment.  Please do check our our lineup under the PROGRAM menu option - or just click HERE.   We are back in the floral room at Van Dusen Botanical Garden.   Our first meeting is on Sept 21st and our doors open at 7:00pm with our program starting at 7:30pm.

by u8915055  |  Thursday, September 14, 2017  | Read more >>

Hello all,  did you know we had a facebook page that the Vancouver Rhododendron Society?  It is graciously managed by our past president Kirsten Martin and there is some really good stuff over there.  Just click on the banner there to the right and it will take you right there.  There's already a good amount of content as its been live for a couple years now.  Check it out!

by u8915055  |  Friday, May 12, 2017  


Helllo all, how about that 20C lovely spring weather eh?  Ya, I know, bad joke.   Well, at least the rhodos love this weather.  Changing topics, I have had some more time to process and post some of our speaker videos.  This time i was able to actually watch, and process the video from David Sellars entitled “Chaos in the Rock Garden: Putting Theory into Practice”.  Boy I wish I was actually able to attend this talk, good thing someone recorded it.  This was a facinating presentation.  David talks about...
by u8915055  |  Wednesday, April 26, 2017  | Read more >>


Hello all, happy wet spring!  Given that I have not been out in the garden much lately, I had a bit of time to get caught up in processing videos for the website. These particular videos capture monthly talks given by Douglas Justice from the UBC Botanical Garden.   These talks entitled 'UBC Garden Bouquet' are really entertaining and informative talks that Douglas gives based on a whole host of cuttings that he brings to our meetings.  I myself have learned about so many interesting plants that I've never heard of, and...
by u8915055  |  Sunday, April 23, 2017  | Read more >>
Hartwig video

For those of you who did not get a chance to come and see our special presentation featuring Hartwig Schepker, boy did you miss a fantastic talk.  Hartwig is a very knowledgeable and entertaining speaker.  His topic for this session was the rhododendron gardens of Europe and all who attended were treated to a wonderful presentation.   Well, you now have another chance to see this talk as we have recorded and posted it here on our website.  If you go to here in the program guide you will see a little green video icon that looks like this , you can click on this icon and you will be able to watch...

by u8915055  |  Thursday, April 20, 2017  | Read more >>


There is a new rhododendron in town and its one you must  put into your garden.  Its called Rhododendron 'Everred' and its a new hybrid.  A fantastic new foliage plant from Ken Cox of Glendoick, Scotland.  The deep red purple new growth is incredible. The leaves eventually turn deep purple. The indumentum is deep burgundy year round. The dark red-purple flowers are rather sparsely produced but quite attractive when they appear. However, nobody is going to grow this outstanding foliage plant for its flowers!  I have seen...
by u8915055  |  Tuesday, April 11, 2017  | Read more >>