The Potomac Valley Chapter ARS is one of three chapters of
the American Rhododendron Society
located in District IX, or the Middle Atlantic region of the United States. Our
Potomac Valley Chapter meetings are usually held at the Potomac Community Center
in Potomac, MD,
on Sunday afternoons,
although we do hold occasional meetings on Saturdays. We also meet at other locations in nearby Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC, from time to time. Guests are always welcome at our regular meetings.
Our standard chapter activities include meetings on a variety of topics, garden tours, field trips, auctions of rare plants, banquets,
picnics, plant sales, group orders, a local seed exchange, a photography contest, and more.
We also publish an informative newsletter
with four to five issues per year. Hard copy versions in black and white are sent by regular mail to members without email. The more colorful email version usually has many extra pictures. Check out our newsletter postings online which date back to 2001. They contain interesting information on rhododendrons and insight into past activities:
Potomac Valley Chapter ARS Newsletters
District 9 Meeting in Annapolis, MD   -   April 28 - 30, 2024
Our chapter will be hosting other groups in our region for a 3-day mini-conference from April 28 - 30, 2024. We will have speakers, two days of garden tours, a banquet, and an awesome plant sale. Full details including registration materials and images of the gardens on tour can be found at the above link.
ARS National Convention in Bellingham, WA
-   May 2 - 5, 2024
This is the annual convention which is being hosted on the West Coast this year by the chapters in Districts 2 and 3. Check out their website for details on tours, speakers, and other activities.
As a member of the Potomac Valley Chapter ARS you
will automatically become a full member of the
Society. This entitles you to a year's subsription to its outstanding quarterly Journal, filled
with information and many color pictures. You will also be invited to attend national conventions or
regional conferences, and participate in the National Seed Exchange.
Membership in our chapter not only provides
a source for rare and unusual plants not generally available, but also
access to expert advice from some very knowledgeable horticulturists. Most of
us raise many different kinds of plants in addition to rhododendrons and
azaleas. We also welcome Associate Members from other ARS chapters.
Come join us!