Norfolk Show Promises Wealth of Bloom For
Eastern Regional Meeting May 8-9-10
Talks by nine nationally recognized speakers, an all-day tour of private gardens in Suffolk and Williamsburg, and a rhododendron and azalea show which promises to be the largest and most comprehensive ever staged on the East Coast will highlight the Eastern Regional meeting of American Rhododendron Society Chapters to be held at Lake Wright Motel and the Norfolk Botanical Garden on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 8-9-10. The meeting is co-sponsored by the Tidewater and the Mid Atlantic Chapters
The prospects for a successful spring meeting seem unusually good with Norfolk a central geographical location for the 18 ARS Chapters East of the Mississippi and the Norfolk Botanical Garden and the associated Gardens-By-The-Sea providing an unsurpassed setting for beauty, scenic and horticultural interest. Actually a series of gardens, the Gardens-By-The-Sea encompass some 175 acres, with major blooming 12 months of the year. Azaleas and rhododendrons provide abundant spring color and the Eastern Regional ARS meeting will follow closely Norfolk's International Azalea Festival so that the gardens should be at or near the peak of the bloom. The gardens' auditorium is air conditioned and provides unexcelled facilities for staging a show. The Lake Wright Motel, offering 238 rooms, has an 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, putting greens, tennis courts, dinner theatre, and other superior convention facilities, all advantageously located with reference to the gardens and with convenient highway and air transportation.
Full information will be mailed to each member of the Eastern Chapters shortly. This will include registration fees, motel rates, program of Rhododendron Show and other essential instructions.
The program highlights, as arranged by the program committee headed by Alfred S. Martin, a director of ARS include:
PROGRAM Friday Morning, May 8 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Registration, Lake Wright Motel (Lobby) 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All-Day Bus Tour-Gardens in Suffolk Dr. and Mrs. R. Townsend Artman Mr. and Mrs. Jack McN. Baird Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd March By Ferry via Jamestown to Williamsburg Lunch at the Cascades-Williamsburg, Visit Williamsburg Garden. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Armstrong Friday Evening, May 8 6:30 p.m. Social Hour-Lake Wright Motel 7:30 p.m. Banquet Presiding - Alfred S. Martin, Director, American Rhododendron Society Welcome to Norfolk - George W. Baker, Curator, Norfolk Botanical Garden 8:30 p.m. Speakers-Mark M. Holeman, "Photographing Your Plants" Joann Knapp, "A Technical Look at Plant Photography" Saturday Morning, May 9 Presiding - Dr. Thomas F. Wheeldon, Director, American Rhododendron Society 9:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m. - Gordon Jones, Director, Planting Fields Arboretum, "A Garden For All Seasons" 9:45 a.m.-10:30 a.m. - Fred Galle, Director, Horticultural Department, Callaway Gardens, "The Bear Facts of Gregory Bald" 10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Break 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - P. H. Brydon, Editor, Quarterly Bulletin, American Rhododendron Society - "Malaysian Rhododendrons" Saturday Afternoon, May 9 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch-Lake Wright Motel 1:00 p.m. - 2:00p.m. - Special Preview Rhododendron Show (Shuttle Bus Available) Presiding - Harry Nash, President, Middle Atlantic Chapter, American Rhododendron Society 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Alfred Fordham, Propagator, Arnold Arboretum "Abnormal Conifers and How They Originate" 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Dr. Gustav Mehlquist, University of Connecticut "Rhododendron Breeding" 3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Break 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Dr. Robert Ticknor, Aurora, Oregon "Nutritional Factors in Rhododendron Culture" Saturday Evening, May 9 6:30 p.m. - Social Hour - Lake Wright Motel 7:30 p.m.-Banquet Presiding - Capt. James A. Wright, USN (ret.), President, Tidewater Chapter, A.R.S. 8:30 p.m. - Speaker Introduction Alfred S. Martin Speaker-Dr. Charles E. Hess, Rutgers University - "Propagation - Past, Present and Future" Sunday Morning, May 10 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Sightseeing Tour - Norfolk Botanical Garden (Shuttle Bus Available) 11:30 a.m. - Brunch - Lake Wright Motel - Annual Business Meeting - Middle Atlantic Chapter, American Rhododendron Society 12:30 p.m. - Adjournment - Independent side trips. Norfolk Tour Information Williamsburg Information