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The Azalea Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society's Annual Plant Sale, with over 1,200 plants, is scheduled for 4:00 PM till 8:00 PM Friday April 20th  and Saturday April 21st, 2018 from 8:00 AM till 4:00 PM or until all plants are sold. We are hosting the sale again this year at the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur, GA 30033.

'Jack Melton''Jack Melton', a Sommerville native azalea selection 

The sale features regionally grown plants, not typically available at local garden centers. Featured this year will be 30 native azalea cultivars from the Earl Sommerville Collection; Rhododendron ‘Mary Belle’ with a beautiful yellow, orange blossom and Rhododendron ‘Dorothy Swift’, a pale purplish pink blossom opening to white; Camellia japonica ‘Pink Perfection’, a formal double pink blossom; and Pieris ryukyuensis ‘Temple Bells’, with large drooping dense clusters of creamy-white bell shaped blooms in February. But we have much more. We will have over 500 native azaleas, 250 evergreen azaleas, 200 rhododendron, plus mountain laurel, pieris, camellias, and Southern native plants. 

'Pink Perfection''Pink Perfection' Camellia 

Join us on Saturday April 21nd to purchase regionally grown plants from $5.00 to $30.00. Azalea Chapter members receive a 25% discount. You can join the ARS at the sale.

Pieris ryukyuensisPieris ryukyuensis

Credit cards accepted. Come early for the best selection. Contact Michael Bamford, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,for more information.

Welcome to 2018! We at the Azalea Chapter ARS are looking forward to spring. More of our past Azalea Blooms newsletters have been added to our website. We think they are outstanding, interesting, colorful, and packed with information. We believe in pictures! Of course, if you want to read our newsletters in a timely manner as soon as they are released, become a member of our chapter and have them sent hot off the electronic press directly to your email inbox.  

In these past newsletters just posted here on our site, you will find information not only on our meetings and field trips, but also on spectacular members’ gardens, the best annual azalea and rhododendron plant sale in the Southeast, plant labeling, red buckeyes, Pieris, the Franklinia and Gordonia, great plants that bloom in May, propagation hints, rhododendrons in Scotland, member John Kohli’s evergreen azalea hybrids, and how to tell the difference between a Pinxterbloom azalea and a Piedmont azalea.

These fat, downy, Piedmont azalea buds are biding their time till warmer weather arrives. When the dogwood blossoms are full, our native wild honeysuckle bursts forth. Are you excited about the coming of spring?


Charlie Andrews

We have just added a new website feature for our Azalea Chapter members: a discussion forum. This forum is limited to members of our chapter and our close friends.

Create an Account

You must first create an account to use the forum, and your user account must be approved by the site administrator before you can access the forum.

The reason is two-fold: Public forum sites get all sorts of spam and worse. We are not interested in how to make an extra $2,000 a month from our home with almost no effort. In just a few days of creating the forum, we received several requests to join from foreign addresses with unintelligible names. How they found us so quickly I do not know. Secondly, our intention is to have a small group where one will feel able to ask questions without being intimidated. You will be among friends here, with novices and experts both, ready to learn, share experiences, and tell stories of what we have seen in the woods or in our gardens.

Access the Forum

To join the forum, click on the Forums tab at the top of the page and create a new account. we will need your name, a short user name, and email address. You will also choose a password to secure you account. Your account must be approved by the website administrator. Once approved, to access the forum topics, just login with your user name and password and click on the topics you want to see or enter a new one.

Start Discussing

It is easy to add a new topic yourself or reply to one already posted. Click on the appropriate button and start typing. When finished, click on Preview and finally click Submit.


If you have any questions after signing up, just ask in the General Topics category. We'll try to get you an answer. We are just learning ourselves.

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If you are not yet a member of our chapter, join us. We like to share information on azaleas and other rhododendrons.

Our poster has all the details of our April 20-21 plant sale. The selection, particularly of native azaleas, is huge. The prices are outstanding. We are trying to make azalea friends, not money. Please share this information with your friends.