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Rhododendron George's Delight - a nice flower with a mix of colours - yellow, pink and orange.

Rhododendron 'Double Winner' a strigilosum hybrid with hairy leaves and stems - has bright red flowers

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My (ex)-gardens 'Park der Gärten' Germany ASA Convention 2003 Flowershow ARS Dutch Rhodo. Society
Kalmia latifolia "Indian Summer" in Maine wildflowers Costa Blanca Bernhard Knorr rhodo's Hans Hachmann Rhodo's Joe Klimavic azaleas
one of my many crosses


Extra information

a cross with a deciduous azalea

the thick and very informative azalea book of Fred C. Galle

          Sometimes I get advices for a good website. One of them is, not to put too many links to other websites on my own one. . I think this is a good advice. Visitors will see the links and the temptation might be big to go to other websites. There is so much information on the internet. But I think, that reading this English version, you get quite some useful Information. That's at least my intention!! What to do?
Well, I will mention a few websites with a world on information about Societies and their Chapters etc. If you want to know more, especially from your own country, you have to search on the internet. I just 'googled' with the word 'rhododendron' and got more than 2.000.000 items of sites or parts of them....
I can't guarantee that all the information is always correct. It is inpossible to check it all the time. 
           And if you can find more or better information elsewhere, just go for it. But I hope that my website is useful for you.

the 2nd ecition is sold out, just try to find it or buy the 3rd edition on CD


'Rhododendron Atlas in Dutch AND English

1. “Rhododendron Atlas” by D.M. van Gelderen and J.R.P. van Hoey Smit. Published by Timber Press in cooperation with the “Koninklijke Vereniging van Boskoopse Culturen" in Holland. Descriptions of species and a collection of 1144. Dutch and English
2. “Rhododendron Hybrids” second edition; by Homer E. Salley and Harold Greer. A comprehensive survey of the parentage ofmore than 5.000 hybrids of rhododendrons,  (no azaleas). Timber Press; ISBN 0-88192-184-x   English. Sold out - 3rd edition on CD.
3. “Azaleas” – ‘Revised and enlarged edition', by Fred C. Galle. A thick book about the origin and hybrids of evergreen AND deciduous azaleas. Hundreds of photos. Timber Press: ISBN 0-88192-091-6. English.
4. "Hybrids and Hybridizers"
edited by Philip A. Livingston and Franklin H. West. About hybridizers on the eastern coast of the USA. Like Dexter, Gable, Nearing ant others. ISBN 0-915180-04-9 
5. "Kalmia, Mountain Laurel and Related Species", by Richard A. Jaynes. English. Interesting book about the genus kalmia, written by THE expert. Timber press ISBN 0-88192-367-2 See my page
Kalmia latifolia. 
6. "The Encyclopedia of Rhododendron Species", by  Peter & Kenneth Cox. 2nd Edition. A wonderful book about the species in the world with more than 1.500 photographs.Search on the internet for 'Glendoick Gardens'. 
7. "Sichuan Rhododendron of China", edited by Prof. Fang Wenpei, Sichuan University, China. A magnificent book with impressive photographs about he species in the Sichuna  province in China. Very recommendable, but may be sold out. Science Press Book No. 4865-57.

the famous book about the genus Kalmia

       This is my list of 7. Of course I have many more books, in German, Dutch and English. As soon as I have time I will make a list of more publications. Many books in English can be obtained with the ARS. See their website. Members get reduced prices. In your own country you can find books on the internet, f.i. from 'Amazon'.

Societies, websites, CD's, buying plants etc.

        You want to know more about rhododendrons and azaleas? The best ways are to become a member of societies, visiting gardens, parks and nurseries and reading books. And on the internet!


1. The ARS, the 'American Rhododendron Society'. With about 5.000 members worldwide. Also Chapters in Canada, Holland, Denmark, northern India (!), Scotland  and Sweden.
     see  their website 

2. The ASA, the Azalea Society of America' for all the lovers of azaleas. See their website  They publish their quarterly The "AZALEAN".

3. The Australian Rhododendron Society Inc. They publish their Annual Journal, "The Rhododendron". Website  email:

4. The "New Zeeland Rhododendron Association". Their motto:"Rhododendrons in the Land of the Long White Cloud". Website  

5. The English  “The Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia Group”. Publishes their bulletin and the yearbook. Website 

6. The Dutch "Nederlandse Rhododendron Vereniging", the NRV, 'Dutch Chapter' of the ARS.  Quarterly bulletins. Website  

7.  The "Scottish Rhododendron Society". They publish  2  Newsletters  and a Yearbook. Website 

8. The German  ”Deutsche Rhododendron Gesellschaft” in Bremen, Germany. 'Rhododendron Jahrbuch', 'Yearbook' and 'Immergrüne Blätter'.  Website

9. The "Danish Rhododendron Societey". It is also a Chapter of the American ARS. Of course in Danish.  


May be that in the future more books will be put onto a CD. The 3rd ecition of  “Rhododendron Hybrids” is only available on CD, more may follow, though I prefere 'oldfashioned' books. You can order htis CD with actually 1880 pages and about 1.400 photographs with: Greer Gardens, 1280 Goodpasture Island Road – Eugene – Oregon, USA

Also in French “Société Bretonne du Rhododendron, a CD with general information and pictures of 400 plants. 
Ordering:  Kerneostic – Menez-Rohou – 29170 Fouesnant, France.          


« Guide to Rhododendrons and Azaleas »   
In 90 minutes a lot of practical information. From the well-known  Christopher Fairweather  

"The Realm of the rhododendron"
Playes in New Zeeland, practice and garden visits. In 3 parts of half an hour.  
Ordering:  Wild South – PO Box 474 – Dunedin – New Zealand.  

Websites on the internet

           As said before, there are so many (new) websites about rhododendrons and azaleas on the internet,  really staggering!  of the famous nursery of  Hachmann in Germany. They publish a thick catalogue, actually a book about rhododendrons with most their own new hybrids! In German.   The website of the nursery and gardencenter in Westerstede in Germany. a website of the Frenchman Marc Colombel about rhododendrons and its hybridizers  the website of the famous nursery and rhododendron park at Westerstede-Petersfeld.

It is impossible to mention all the countless nurseries all over the world. May be I will make a list with quite a few in the UK and north America with their websites. Please take a look on the internet for nurseries, websites, also for books etc.

Buying plants  

          Of course you must pay attention to the quality of the rhododendrons and azaleas you want to buy. There are nurseries and garden centers that are quite indifferent to it. They water badly or just too heavily, with all the consequenties. Also some just sell the plants they did not sell the year before, without replanting them in bigger pots with fresh good soil. Then you have a quite large plant in a relatively too small rootball. Don't buy them. Also some have labels of  2 or 3 years old and you can't see the colour of the flowers, because the labels have faded. The best thing is to make a list of what you want. Then make your choice at the garden center. The plants must look healthy with dark green leaves, enough flower buds and well branched.
If you ask a garden architect to lay out your garden, demand not to choose always the same well-known varieties, but also newer hybrids. Quite a few architects don't know the rich variety of hybrids.

Many nurseries don't sell to private people, they are wholesalers. But if you want to buy quite a large number of plants, you can contact them. Anyway, my tip is not to demand a lot of time for buying just some plants. Make your choice before.  

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