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Welcome to the Homepage of the De Anza Chapter
of the American Rhododendron Society!


Who We Are:

The American Rhododendron Society is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to encourage interest in and to disseminate information about the genus Rhododendron.  Members' experience ranges from novice to expert.  Society activities include public education, flower shows, seed exchanges, scientific studies, and communication through publications and local and national meetings.  ARS chapters are located throughout the United States and Canada and in Denmark, Finland, Holland, Scotland, Sweden and Sikkim.

The De Anza Chapter is composed of American Rhododendron Society members who hold meetings and sponsor events in the "Silicon-Valley" region of Northern California.  Non-members and guests are always welcome to attend Chapter meetings and events.

Co-President:  Bee Brown……......…
Co-President:  Alma Fletcher………
Secretary: Erika Enos ..........

Next Meeting:

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 7:30 - 9 pm
Los Altos Masonic Hall, 146 Main St., Los Altos, CA

Meeting Topic:
"Evolution of the Sonoma Horticultural Nursery"

After moving to San Francisco and working at Strybing, Mike Boss founded Rock & Rose Landscapes, one of the Bay Area's leading design, build and care garden companies. In 2017 Mike purchased Sonoma Hort from Polo, rescuing it from real estate developers (we are all grateful for that). Mike will share his plans for the nursery which include continuing to grow Rhododendrons and Azaleas and expanding his offerings of shade-loving plants. He is also very excited to be offering a new line of long-lived edibles: trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials: plants that one can build a garden with, that will not only add structure and texture to a garden, but also food, tea, herbs, and medicines. Great news: Mike will bring plants for our auction.


What's Happening:

Chapter Meeting & Activity Schedule for 2020-21 Season
Feb 19, 2020   Mike Boss
Mar 18, 2020   Jason Martinez
Apr 4, 2020   Annual Plant Sale
Apr 15, 2020   Butterflies

Additional Dates to Mark on your Calendars
Apr 29-May 3, 2020   ARS 75th Anniversary Convention, Portland, Oregon
Sep 25-27, 2020   ARS Regional Fall Conference, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

What We've Been Doing:

Feb Newsletter 2020

Jan Newsletter 2020

Sep Newsletter 2019

Feb Newsletter 2019

Nov Newsletter 2018

Oct Newsletter 2018

Jun Newsletter 2018

April Newsletter 2018

March Newsletter 2018

February Newsletter 2018


American Rhododendron Society Web Site

Need Help Growing Rhododendrons?

Local Resources?

Want to Find a Chapter in your Area?

Bay Area Gardeners Foundation

Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County

Rhododendron Potting Mix Resource