In conjunction with the American Rhododendron Society's International Convention, the Massachusetts Chapter held a Workshop on Saturday May 27th, 2000 at the Burlington Marriott in Burlington, MA, open to the general public. This workshop introduced novice and intermediate gardeners to rhododendrons.
All aspects of growing was covered, from selecting and buying, through planting and maintenance, with special emphasis on local conditions in New England. Planting and landscape precepts were addressed with the goal of turning a collection of Rhododendrons and Azaleas into graceful garden plantings. Pest, including varmin, control was covered in detail with special emphasis on organic controls and Integrated Pest Management.
The facilities of the Convention was open to workshop attendees. This included access to the flower show, a juried exhibition of azalea and rhododendron entries from all over the U.S. and Canada, a book sale with numerous new and used horticultural titles and a plant sale with exotic and hard to find varieties. Our expert members, including ARS Gold Medalist Richard Brooks of Concord MA, were on hand to answer questions during lunch and after the workshop.