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Date: April 5th
Location: Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur, GA.
Time: 8:00am – 4:00 p.m., or until all plants are sold
Plants: Deciduous & Evergreen Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Mountain Laurel, Camellias and Other Companion Plants
Payment: Cash, Check or Debit/Credit Card
Weather: Rain or Shine
Discount: Members receive a 25% discount. Join today.
The Azalea Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society is a non-profit organization chartered in 1967 and has members who live throughout the southeastern United States. The Azalea Chapter is one of 66 chapters of the American Rhododendron Society (ARS). The Azalea Chapter members promote awareness of deciduous native azaleas, evergreen azaleas, other rhododendrons, mountain laurel and companion plants. We have a membership base of 88 members.
Plants offered for sale are high quality cultivars and species not typically available at retail establishments.
NATIVE AZALEAS (WILD AZALEAS)
The native azalea, the Georgia State Wildflower, is the most unique plant available at the sale. The “Wild Azalea,” as it is commonly called, has found a thriving home in the southeastern United States. These azaleas lose their leaves in the winter while offering spectacular colors of yellow, orange, white, pink and red blossoms. We will have many selections from which to choose your next “Wild Azalea”.
In addition to native azaleas, we will have over 300 evergreen azaleas in various color and size combinations. Evergreen Azaleas maintain some of their leaves even through cold weather like we had in February. Evergreen Azaleas, native to Japan and eastern Asia, have found a comfortable home in the southeastern United States. Our cultivated varieties will not normally be found in local stores.
While the name Rhododendron is the genus that includes azaleas, rhododendrons range in size from small to larger trees. What we think of as rhododendrons are typically evergreen with large leaves and offer a splendid array of blossoms, colors and sizes. Several hard-to-find varieties are offered at our sale. And we will tell you how to properly plant them.
Mountain laurel is the common name for the species Kalmia latifolia. Mountain laurel is a slow-growing, evergreen shrub, ranging in height from 3’ to 9’ tall. Its flowers are round, typically ranging from light pink to white and occurring in large clusters. There are several cultivars today that have darker shades of pink, near red and maroon pigments. Mountain laurel generally bloom in May and early June in Georgia.
While not native, camellias are beautiful, easy to care for, landscape shrubs with attractive evergreen foliage that form a perfect compliment with azaleas and other rhododendrons. By planting cultivars with different blooming times, it is possible to have flowers from September through March. The most popular, hardy species for the Georgia region are Camellia japonica and C. sasanqua.
OTHER COMPANION PLANTS
We will be offering other companion plants for sale, including plants grown by our members.
Ernest Koone of Lazy K Nursery in Pine Mountain, GA will be our speaker for the March Meeting. Lazy K is a wholesale nursery, and Garden Delights in downtown Pine Mountain is his retail outlet.
The Koones were long-time friends of the Colemans, Callaways, and Varnadoes, all well-known names associated with native azaleas.
Lazy K Nursery was begun in 1958 by Ernest's father and specializes in native azaleas. In fact, the nursery is the largest grower of deciduous azaleas in the world.The nursery also grows an extensive variety of native plants, wildflowers, and woody ornamentals.
Ernest, a member of our Azalea Chapter, will speak to us about the popularity of these wonderful plants. Ernest knows native azaleas, how to grow them, who grows them commercially, and what are the difficulties in getting them to market. Ernest supplies the majority of the plants for our annual plant sale.
Come hear Ernest and bring your questions about obtaining native azaleas.
The meeting is March 16 at 2:30 p.m., Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075.
One of the pleasures of Spring is to visit gardens in bloom. Several of our members have graciously invited us to visit their gardens. Specific dates will be announced as estimated bloom times become more apparent.
- Joan Adcock, Newnan, GA
- Charlie and Mardi Andrews, Cumming, GA
- Joe and Donna Coleman, Lithonia, GA
- Doug and Christine Davis, Tucker, GA
- John and Teddy Kohli, Dahlonega, GA
- Ted Meredith, Clermont, GA
- Frank and Anne Tanner, Rex, GA