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Chapter Meetings

September Chapter Meeting Plant Sale 
Picture by S & J Perkins 
Examining the plants before the chapter meeting 

Chapter Meetings are open to the interested public. We encourage you to experience the Chapter meetings for their source of information and comraderie

The American Rhododendron Society Massachusett Chapter meets the third Wednesday of the month September to April at the Waltham Field Station in Waltham, Massachusetts or at the Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Meetings start at 7:30 PM usually with announcements of interest to members. New members who are attending their first meeting are introduced and offered their free plant (or if in the dead of winter a rain check). Announcements are followed by  short demonstrations or talks by local members on rhododendron growing, showing, and exploring and can include almost any relevant topic of interest.

The highlight of the meeting is the main speaker who presents a beautiful, horticulturally interesting slide lecture. The topic varies from rhododendrons to companion plants and landscaping design. These lectures speak to the diverse climate and horticultural interests of the Massachusetts Chapter. Lectures appeal to the devoted rhododendron enthusiasts with mature collections to the novice with a thirst for knowledge on this wonderful genus.

The conclusion is the social hour with member supplied desserts and coffee. For many members this is the perfect opportunity to catch up on the latest rhodie stories, examine the latest book offerings, or discuss with the guest lecturer the hot topic of the night.  

Most Chapter meetings have special events. For example:

  • September is the member donated plant sale to benefit the American Rhododendron Society
  • October is the foliage show
  • November is the Founder's Day banquet usually on a weekend, cutting exchange
  • December is the seed exchange
  • January is the Open Board Meeting (although all board meetings are open to members)
  • April is the Early Flower Show

Need directions to the Waltham Field Station or Elm Bank Reservation?

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