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We have some very sad news, Alan Clark has passed away

Alan in the middle judging at one of the SRS shows, with David Chamberlain and Richard Baines.

It is with great regret and sadness that we have heard of the passing of Alan Clark, one of the worlds leading rhododendron experts. Alan has been on many rhododendron exploration trips to all parts of Asia over the years. Collecting and seeing many new species as well as the old favourites. His contributions to the many society seed lists will testify to his achievements. Most of us will have grown plants with and AC collectors number, I am sure.
He also was a prolific propagator with a passion for grafting and successfully ran his nursery business over many years. He had close links with Muncaster gardens and it is here that you can see a great part of his legacy. All our thoughts go out to his family at this sad time. Please look for a full account in our next publication.

SCOTTISH RHODODENDRON SOCIETY Show on Saturday 27th April 2024 at GIBSON HALL, GARELOCHHEAD, Argyll (AGM on Friday 26th 2024)

The SRS was set up to promote a wider interest in the genus Rhododendron (Rhododendron ponticum Statement). We are a Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society.

This is a vast genus of woody plants with possibly a thousand species and still more being discovered. The geographic range and variety of habitat-from tropical to alpine, the size, from small leaved shrubs to forest trees, the varieties of bark, foliage and flowers make this group of plants an  immense subject for study. Rhododendrons generate great passion and enthusiasm in those who seek to find new species, identify and conserve existing ones or simply grow and propagate them.

There are many specialists in our society but the majority are keen amateur growers with an interest in all types of plants

Every garden, even the smallest, can house a few rhododendrons and SRS can introduce you to the delight of growing this beautiful group of plants in the company of other like minded gardeners .

We hold seminars, study days and tours of gardens seldom open to the general public. Events page

The Society organises an annual show at the end of April where competitors show their best blooms from every rhododendron section, including species and hybrids. Anyone may enter and a novice cup is awarded to the first time exhibitor who wins this class. A visit to the show will provide an excellent introduction to our society and you will receive a warm welcome.

Some recent health and safety updates for Gardeners to be aware of.


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