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.


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...
by tnosella  |  Saturday, April 22, 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...

by tnosella  |  Thursday, April 20, 2017  | Read more >>
R. 'Everred'


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...
by tnosella  |  Monday, April 10, 2017  | Read more >>
Alpine garden club

Spring is almost here.. hold the presses,  this just in.. spring is here!  And with spring comes all the great plant show and sales that we all love to attend.  We'd like to give a shout out for our friends at the Alpine Garden Club of BC for their Spring Show and Sale.  This is always a great event and many great conversations to be had and plants to be purchased.  Their sale is on April 2nd, 2017 from 12pm to 4pm.  The location is the Van Dusen Floral Hall and Cedar Room.  Admission is free. For more information, please contact Chris Byra at 604-793-9247 or by email at...

by tnosella  |  Monday, March 20, 2017  | Read more >>


We will have our annual rhododendron show and sale this year on May 6th, 2017.   For those of you have come to our sale, you know that it is full of exciting treasures just waiting to be planted out in your garden.  We will have lots of rhododendrons, both hybrids, and for your rhododendron adventurous side, some good species rhododendrons as well.  We always stock some good companion plants as well.  The sale is...
by tnosella  |  Monday, March 20, 2017  | Read more >>
Dr. Hartwig Schepker


As president of the Vancouver Rhododendron Society,  it is my pleasure to announce a special event we have planned for 7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 11 - a talk by Dr. Hartwig Schepker from Bremen, Germany on the “Great Rhododendron Gardens of Europe”. 

The talk will be held at St Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Centre Meeting Hall, 3150 Ash St., at the corner of 16th Ave and Ash. There is ample off-street parking accessed from 14th Ave. There will be no  entry fee, of course...

by admin  |  Wednesday, March 15, 2017  | Read more >>

Hello all rhodo enthusiasts!  We certainly hope you've had a great summer.  While we have all been tending to our gardens, our master of speaker recruitment, Philip Mac Dougall has arranged a wonderful array of speakers on a variety of topics for this VRS season.  While we are still filling in a few more details, the program for the year can be viewed here.   We certainly hope you will come and join us as you will not find a more entertaining and enthusiastic group of plant people in all of Vancouver! We have plants for sale, a rare plant...

by tnosella  |  Friday, August 26, 2016  | Read more >>

Come join us for an exciting talk this Thursday by John Weagle entitled "60 + Years of Hybridizing in Atlantic Canada".  

John gardens in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In the early 70’s good friends and gardeners introduced him to more exotic plants and the fateful joys of hybridizing rhododendrons and azaleas. He has been breeding rhododendrons and evergreen azaleas ever since. His main interest is the Family Ericaceae which does so wonderfully well on the misty coast of Nova Scotia. John belongs to many societies and his interests include bamboos, cyclamen, nerines, magnolias, hellebores...

by admin  |  Monday, January 18, 2016  | Read more >>

We are back after a nice summer break.  We have recorded the first of Douglas' presentations to the VRS in our September meeting.  There were some very interesting plants presented along with the beautiful but deadly Aconitum uchiyama.  These sessions are highly informative and present an always interesting selection of plants that provide particular interest this time of year.  We have 13 plants in this one that Douglas talks about.  

Just click on the UBC Garden Bouquet link to the right.

Happy Gardening.

by tnosella  |  Friday, October 9, 2015  | Read more >>
A Garden for Life


For those of you looking for a great read now that the rainy weather is here, please have a look at a new book by Judith Walker and edited by our own Dr. Clive Justice.  The book is entitled 'A Garden For Life : Mary Greig & The Royston Rhododendrons'.

The following is a book review from the Yak by Margaret Hodgson:

"Judith Walker, MBCSLA, RPP, was born in Vancouver, BC, and educated at the University of British Columbia and the University of...

by tnosella  |  Friday, October 9, 2015  | Read more >>