Awards from Washington State Centennial Commission to Two ARS Members
The 1989 Washington Centennial Commission endorsed the selection committee's choice of Dr. Frank Mossman's deciduous azalea (Portland Chapter) and Mr. Fred Peste's rhododendron (Shelton Chapter) as unusual, beautiful and suitable for use as a part of their state's centennial celebration in 1989.
Frank's azalea will be known as "Centennial" and Fred's rhododendron will be known as "Centennial Celebration." The committee will seek registration of these names with the American Rhododendron Society. At the appropriate time, these plants will also be planted in a ceremony on the state capitol campus.
The committee is now working to develop the required contracts to allow for speedy propagation and the introduction of the plants in time for the 1989 celebration.