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Rhodos Down East: Exploring the Atlantic Region – ARS 2021 Virtual & Live Spring Convention.

June 3 - June 6

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June 3-6, 2021

Virtual Convention and onsite events at the Old Orchard Inn, Wolfville, Nova Scotia 


Take advantage of an exciting opportunity to learn about growing, breeding and gardening with Rhododendrons. 

Due to the travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 American Rhododendron Society Convention will be offering all the presentations, garden tours and networking opportunities available on line, to anyone who can access the internet! 

For those who can travel to Nova Scotia (see latest travel restrictions here) there will also be in-person sessions and garden tours as well as a plant sale featuring rare and unusual Rhododendrons propagated especially for this event.

We are extremely fortunate to be able to bring some very celebrated speakers to the convention, who will be addressing different aspects of our theme: Rhodos Down East: Exploring the North Atlantic Region. These will include Ken Cox,  rhodo breeder and seasoned plant explorer from Glendoick Nursery, Scotland; Joe Bruso, veteran rhodo breeder from Massachusetts; and Todd Boland, author, educator and all-around horticultural expert, from Newfoundland’s Memorial University Botanical Garden.  Well-known plant experts Christina Woodward and Nick Yarmoshuk from Ontario, Philip McDougall an ex-pat Nova Scotian now living in B.C., and Kristian Theqvist of Finland, will also be active participants. As well, there will be many knowledgeable, local plantspeople on hand for stimulating, informal discussions.

Some very special tours, both virtual and in-person, will include the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens and Peggy’s Cove barrens, as well as a number of remarkable private gardens that should be at the height of spring bloom for many rhododendrons and companion plants. The winter so far has been mild and the bud set excellent in many places, so we are hoping for a really good show!

Networking opportunities will include the Breeder’s Roundtable where you can hear about the latest trends in Rhodo breeding,  the ARS Next Generation Project which will show how to involve the next generation in your local ARS club, as well as social events that feature the seafood, cider and wine from our local producers.

Deadline to register for live conference is May 15. 

Registration for the on-site convention is open.  Our event is dependent on Public Health restrictions. 

Canadian Registration Link

To register for the virtual conference

Canadian Registration Link

US and International Registration Link

Visit the convention website for full details on programming, deadlines and cost:

The convention will be based at the Old Orchard Inn next to the charming university town of Wolfville, with panoramic views of apple orchards, Cape Blomidon, and the Bay of Fundy’s sweeping tides.

The Atlantic Rhododendron & Horticultural Society has a block of rooms.  Our rate is $139 plus tax, with breakfast included.   This rate can be extended before or after the conference for those planning additional sightseeing and excursions.   To book your accommodation, please call: 902 – 542 – 5751, Toll Free: 800 – 561 – 8090 or for reservation inquiries, contact




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Jim Sharpe


Old Orchard Inn
153 Grenwich Road South
Grenwich, NS B4P 2R2 Canada
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