Azalea Chapter ARS 2014 Plant Sale
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.