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.
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 u8915055  |  Tuesday, March 21, 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 quite popular and the lineup starts usually around 9am...
by u8915055  |  Tuesday, March 21, 2017  | Read more >>


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, but a few baked goods for the refreshment table...

by u8915055  |  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 raffle, Douglas Justice from UBC with his segment of '...

by u8915055  |  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, asarums, alpines, sempervivums, galanthus and...

by u8915055  |  Tuesday, January 19, 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 u8915055  |  Saturday, October 10, 2015  | Read more >>


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 Washington. She works as a landscape architect and...

by u8915055  |  Friday, October 9, 2015  | Read more >>

Well, I have managed to record another one of Douglas' presentations to the VRS.  His bouquet this time had a bunch of great plants in it, and of course in Douglas-style, the presentation was highly entertaining and very informative.  I believe we have 15 plants in this one that Douglas talks about.  I must get out to UBC Botanical Garden soon to see some of these in their surroundings.  Just click on the UBC Garden Bouquet link to the right.

Another piece of news.  Anyone who is looking for some great rhodos, species specifically, to add to their garden, check out the 'Shop in the Garden' at UBC.  Our own Charlie Sale made a trip...

by u8915055  |  Friday, May 15, 2015  | Read more >>


We are pleased to announce that we have a new section here on the VRS website for you to enjoy.  Its called the UBC Garden Bouquet.

At each meeting, we are very privilaged to have Douglas Justice, Associate Director, Curator of Collections at the UBC Botanical Garden, bring in a bouquet of cuttings.  Douglas is a long time member of the VRS.  He brings these cuttings from interesting plants at the UBC Botanical Garden that just happen to be showing their glory at the particular time of year.  Douglas,...

by u8915055  |  Thursday, February 26, 2015  | Read more >>

Welcome to the Vancouver Rhododendron Society web site.

A new site was created to provide extra features – presentations at our meetings are being recorded with our speakers’ consents and those recorded to date have been posted – go to “programs” and choose the year (videos only available for 2013 onward), then click on the video icon beside the speaker’s name. Other videos will be posted on the site for those who miss the meetings. In the near future there will be an ability to seek help by posting questions dealing with rhododendrons. We have also archived many of the past Indumentums published by the VRS. We want the new site to...

by u8915055  |  Wednesday, January 1, 2014  | Read more >>