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Welcome to the Eugene Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society

Here you will find information about our chapter, who we are, and what we do.  Of course, there is also plenty of information about Rhododendrons, one of our favorite garden plants.  

Please look around our website where you will find lots of information about our activities, favorite plants, membership opportunities and our meeting location. To find out more, come to one of our meetings and check us out. We are easy to find and would love to meet you!

 What’s New & Happening ______________

Attention! Attention!

The Eugene Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society has a New meeting location and a New meeting date.  


The new location is The Springs at Greer Gardens located at 1282 Goodpasture Island Road, Eugene, OR   Map of facility Here


The new meeting date is now the third Wednesday of the month. (Except as noted in the Calender)  We look forward to seeing you there!


Eugene ARS meeting Wednesday, February 21 at The Springs

Join us for Dinner at 5:30 PM and/or meeting at 7:00 PM


At our ARS Eugene Chapter meeting on Wednesday, February 21, we will be honored to hear Steve Hootman speak on the development of the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden bringing its collection of species rhododendrons to the largest in the United States and one of the best in the world. Steve is the Executive Director and Curator of the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden in Federal Way, Washington, where he has become a foremost international authority on Rhododendron taxonomy and world distribution. In 2007, he was awarded the Gold Medal by the ARS for his internationally significant work with the genus Rhododendron. During his tenure at the RSBG, he has made many plant hunting expeditions to the Himalayas in southeast Asia including China, Sikkim, Viet Nam, New Guinea and other parts of the world and has introduced many new species for our gardens. In his talk, he will focus on the species of rhododendron at the RSBG and how there is variation within a species often depending on the geographical locale where it was collected.


Steve Hootman is one of the most knowledgeable rhododendron species experts in the world and it will be a pleasure to have him in Eugene. This is a talk that you will not want to miss. The Pre-Meeting dinner is a wonderful time for you to visit with Steve as well as each other.


After this presentation, you will certainly want to visit the RSBG in Federal Way and there are a couple of special occasions for you to do so in April which is the height of the blooming season at the garden. On April 6 & 7 is the 3rd annual Rhododendron Species Symposium with excellent speakers and workshops that are presented in the garden. A few weeks later on April 20 &21 is the annual RSBG Plant Sale offering plants from the RSBG as well as from over 20 other vendors from throughout the Pacific Northwest. For more information on these events see the RSBG website at www.rhodygarden.org


Feb. 21 Chapter Dinner 5:30 & Meeting at 7:00 

The Springs at Greer Gardens,

1282 Goodpasture Island Rd

Eugene, Oregon


No-Host Pre-Meeting Dinner RSVP

Please contact Harold Greer by phone at 541-554-2342 or by e-mail at hgreer@greergardens.com, so that Harold can let the staff at The Springs know how many will be in our party.

Check out the latest updates to our website

Don’t miss taking a look at the Calendar page. There have been a few changes.

If this is your first visit to our website, we hope that you will look around. We are a diverse, fun-loving group that loves Rhododendrons and all garden plants. Come to one of our meetings to learn more about us! Find information about our meetings here.  Contact a Board member or the Webmaster.

Pictures from the ARS Eugene Chapter, Spring Rhododendron Show & Awards Banquet 2017