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The American Rhododendron Society is a not for profit organization whose purpose is to encourage interest and to disseminate knowledge about rhododendrons, azaleas, and companion plants.

It also provides a medium through which all persons interested in rhododendrons and azaleas may communicate and cooperate with others through education, meetings, publications, scientific studies, research, conservation and other similar activities.

The Great Lakes Chapter serves members residing in Western Pennsylvania, NewYork, Ohio and Eastern Michigan.

A message to our Guests

Were you drawn to our site by the incredibly beautiful blooms or the gorgeous greenery?  Rhododendrons and Azaleas have something for everyone.  From pure whites to pretty pinks, bold reds, fiery oranges and soft purples they put on a spring show in color and shapes unrivaled by none.  And in the deeps of winter the lovely green leaves peek out from under the snow.  If you are a beginner just learning that they love acid soil and hate wet feet or an accomplished gardener looking to create your own hybrids, our site and our chapter can provide you the guidance you need and a common bond with some great people who are gardeners just like you.  Enjoy our site and come join us for a meeting or one of our events for a lifetime of enjoying an incredible species.

Become a Member

Membership in the Society affords, among other benefits, affiliation with a local chapter. ARS chapters are located throughout the United States and Canada and in Denmark, The Netherlands, Scotland, Sweden and Sikkim.

To join   ARS Membership

News & events

Purple Rhododendrum

Next Meeeting

October 7, 2017
PLACE:  North East, Pennsylvania  16428 (16 miles East of Erie

HOSTS:  Karen & Chas Wagner – 814.725.1584


10:00 AM – board meeting at Wagner’s
11:30 AM – Friends and Members meet at Char Kerr/John Piper’s home for lunch/meeting/plant auction/tour – 10046 East Lake Road, North East, PA

1:30-2PM – leave for Garden #2 –Sue & Geoff  McCreary

3:00 PM– Garden #3 – George and Lois Edward
3:45 PM – Garden #4 –Phil Sarver (formerly Irish-Hosler’s garden)
4:15 PM  – Garden #4 – Wagner’s – dessert served 
6:00 PM – “Safe Trip Home”