Olympic Peninsula Chapter 
of the 
Rhododendron Society (OPARS)

Meeting and Contact Information

Meeting Information:

April 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Tri-Area Community Center
All meetings are Free and everyone is welcome
A combined lecture:
1) Papua New Guinea featuring vireya
rhododendrons, and
2) Spring in south-central China, featuring
lots of plants, native people and fantastic

Steve Hootman is one of the foremost contemporary plant
explorers, lecturer, author of many articles and Executive
Director and Curator of the Rhododendron Species
Foundation and the Rhododendron Species Botanical

The program precedes our business meeting

 Information/Fun Facts: 

•In 1959, the Legislature designated the 
native species, Rhododendron
macrophyllum, as the official flower of
the state of Washington. 

•For the fundamentals of Rhododendron and Azalea care see Plant Care

•What is the difference between Rhododendrons and
Azaleas?  Check out the answer from the New York
Chapter Rhodies and Azaleas

Sites of Interest:
Rhododendron Species Foundation
American Rhododendron Society

Far Reaches Farm 

Whitney Gardens and Nursery

Gardens at Four Corners 

Chimacum Woods 


Membership - Join Us!

About Us:  The Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society is a non-profit organization that offers information and programs that can help you learn about the planting and care of rhododendrons. There are many varieties to choose from with unique characteristics; both species and hybrids. Rhododendrons also include the azalea family.

OPARS can offer you assistance in choosing the right plants for your garden.

One of our primary functions is to have knowledgeable speakers at our meetings. They help present the advantages of planting rhododendrons. OPARS also helps maintain the Centennial Rhododendron Garden next to the chapel at Fort Worden State Park. 

The Centennial Rhododendron Garden originated in 1986 and was named to honor 100 years of Washington statehood. It began by cleaning up the overgrown area next to the chapel at Fort Worden with the help of many OPARS members and others. A large number of plants were donated by local nurseries and private gardeners. Other businesses in the Port Townsend area also made contributions to this garden. 

There are approximately 1‚200 rhododendron plants in over an acre in this wonderful landscape. We encourage volunteers to tend to the plants on Tuesday mornings from 9 until Noon (with a coffee break in between).

OPARS meets on the first Thursday of September, October, November, March, April and May at 7pm.  Please see specifics of each meeting at the left, above.

We welcome you to join us to learn about or share your expertise of rhododendrons!