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Annual Meeting Tours

North Willamette Experiment Station of Oregon State University specializes in the study of horticultural crops under the direction of Dr. Robert Ticknor, past president of the ARS. Experiments controlling rhododendron growth are continuing at the Station. The results of these experiments and others will be seen as well as a labeled collection of rhododendrons.

Klupenger's Nursery is one of the largest in the West with most of the popular varieties commonly used there included in the 90,000 field plants. The nursery has the largest covered area on the coast for the forcing of greenhouse azaleas.

Cecil and Molly Smith's Garden is described in more detail in an article following. Their two-acre garden is one of the best known in this country, partly due to Cecil's untiring and excellent efforts to photograph rhododendrons in black and white (as well as color) for use in the Bulletin and other Society publications.

Portland Chapter Rhododendron Show on Crystal Springs Island Rhododendron Garden will be visited shortly after judging is completed Saturday noon. The first rhododendron show was held in Portland in 1945 and has been an annual event since then. After seeing the Show and Garden, visitors will take shuttle buses to George Clarke's Nursery to see a retail nursery operation growing about 500 varieties. Many of these are container grown.

Mt. Hood Loop is an extra optional tour for those staying over Sunday who are not attending the Breeder's Roundtable. The nine-hour loop takes the scenic highway to Crown Point and Multnomah Falls, second highest in the United States; tours the fish hatchery, fish ladders and facilities at Bonneville Dam; continues through the Hood River Valley fruit orchards to Timberline Lodge at the 6000 foot level on Mt. Hood. Return to Portland is by way of the Mt. Hood Highway.

"City of Roses" Tour is a second optional extra tour taking five hours on Sunday. Highlights of the trip are the Pittock Mansion, the Japanese Garden, and the International Rose Test Gardens. Rhododendron occidentale Tour is a post-meeting tour being led by Dr. Frank Mossman to the California-Oregon border area he has explored extensively in recent years looking for variations in this species. Details of this tour are in an article in this issue.

American Rhododendron Society
Vol. 28 JANUARY 1974 No. 1
May 3rd to May 13th, 1974
A unique opportunity is offered to explore the Pacific Northwest in the peak of spring at the time of the celebration of the 30th Anniversary and Annual Meeting of the American Rhododendron Society in Portland, Oregon. Preceding this major event is the Annual Show of the Seattle Rhododendron Society which will also be included during this itinerary.  Although the schedule accents the broad subject of rhododendrons in shows, gardens, parks, nurseries and test gardens, other prominent features of this fascinating part of the country will be covered. The following itinerary only covers the highlights of the plans.  Please note that subscriptions to this unusual tour will be limited to the capacity of one bus so that if you are interested in joining reservations should be mailed promptly in accordance with the instructions on the last page of this brochure.
May 3rd - Fri.
Flight from home airport to Seattle for afternoon arrival. Independent transfer to Thunderbird Motel (for three nights) in nearby Bellevue. The 24th Annual Show by the Seattle Rhododendron Society opens today at nearby Bellevue Square, and will be open on Saturday and Sunday. An evening dinner (at extra cost) and program is being planned by the Seattle Chapter.
May 4th - Sat.
Full day of visits to prominent gardens in the area including the spectacular and mature garden of Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence J. Pierce (President of the Seattle Rhododendron Society). After lunch (which is included) to the spacious garden of Mrs. Corydon Wagner in Tacoma. Time permitting another garden will be visited. Return to hotel for independent dinner.
May 5th - Sun.
Morning visit to the distinctive garden of Mr. & Mrs. Pendleton Miller which has an extraordinary collection of rare plants including rhododendrons. After Lunch (which is included) drive to the nearby gardens of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks which were developed by Mr. Carl S. English. Then to the University of Washington Arboretum which has an extensive collection of rhododendron. Return to hotel for independent dinner.
May 6th - Mon.
Leave Seattle by bus crossing Puget Sound by ferry to Winslow, continuing by road to Port Angeles. Register at the Bay Shore Inn and after lunch (included) drive to Olympic National Park Museum and then to Hurricane Ridge at 5,200 foot elevation for dramatic views of the Olympic Mountains and beyond. Fields of wild flowers en route are dependent upon the melting snow. Return to Port Angeles for night and independent dinner.
May 7th - Tues.
Drive around the Olympic Peninsula and up the Hoh River road to visit the rain forest. Box lunch will be provided. Continue south on Route 101 to Ocean Shores for the night and independent dinner.
May 8th - Wed.
In the morning drive to Aberdeen and visit garden of Mrs. Robert Berry (Director of the ARS Seed Exchange) and others in that area. After lunch (included) continue drive to Portland. Other visits may be included dependent upon available time. In Portland register at the official ARS hotel,- the Sheraton Motor.
Inn for five nights. (Dinner independent.)
May 9th - Thur.
Explore City of Portland and its complex of parks, visiting the excellent Japanese Garden, Western Forestry center, Zoo Railway, Pittlock Park and Mansion, etc. Luncheon included. Return to hotel for independent dinner. At 8:00 PM the Society has planned a Panel Discussion which will be participated in by several members.
May 10th - Fri. Morning program of lectures:
- Dr. Frank D. Mossman of Vancouver, Washington - Variations in Rhododendron occidentale.
- Dr. Gustav A. L. Mehlquist of Connecticut - Interspecific Hybridization.
- Mr. A. Hadley Osborn of California - Color Inheritance.
Lunch is included
Afternoon program:
Bus trip to Willamette Valley visiting the following:
- North Willamette Experiment Station of Oregon State University under the direction of Dr. Robert Ticknor,
- Klupenger Nursery of 96 acres specializing in a great variety of rhododendrons.
- Mr. Cecil Smith's beautiful two acre garden containing a large selection of species and hybrids.
Return to hotel for the A.R.S. dinner (included) followed by lecture by
Dr. Gerd Krussmann on "German Rhododendron Breeding in the Past and Today".
Dr. Krussman is Director of the Dortmund Botanic Garden in Germany.
May 11th - Sat. Morning program of lectures:
- Mrs. Ruth Wood of Oregon - Rhododendrons for the Small Garden.
- Dr. R. C. Raabe of Oregon - Prevention and Control of Rhododendron Diseases.
- Dr. Roy Taylor of Vancouver, Canada - The Rhododendron Collection of the University of British Columbia.
Afternoon Program (after included lunch):
- Visit the Annual Portland Chapter Rhododendron Show at the Crystal Springs Island Rhododendron Garden.
This seven acre garden and cool greenhouse with hundreds of species and hybrids should be at peak bloom.
- Optional visit to the extensive rhododendron nursery of Mr. George W. Clarke.
Return to hotel and evening A.R.S. program: (all included)
6:30 PM - Rhodyo Hour - 7:30 PM Banquet followed by lecture by Mr. & Mrs. Peter Cox on Rhododendron
Collecting in the Wild and Dwarf Rhododendron at Glendoick, Scotland.
May 12th - Sun. Following the success of the Rhododendron Breeders' Roundtable Discussion,
Dr. August Kehr of Maryland again plans a similar discussion for this day.
Lunch and dinner independent.
As an alternative for this program members may join a Mount Hood Loop Bus trip for the entire day at a supplemental cost of $12.50 not including lunch.
May 13th - Mon. Independent departure to airport for return flight, OR the following option:
Subscribe to Extension Tour for three days via bus south along Pacific coast as far as Crescent City in northern California for two nights. Cost for three days transportation and two nights lodging approximately $50. All meals extra. Details as outlined by Dr. Frank D. Mossman, Vancouver, Washington
Return to Portland Hotel for night of May 15th - hotel not included.
Per person rate for sharing twin rooms and bath $ 318.
Per person rate for single room and bath $ 386.
AIR FARE - Extra Cost
The following are sample air fares in effect on December 1st, 1973 and include Federal Transportation Tax and the extra fuel charges imposed on that date. They are necessarily subject to any later adjustment. These fares are applicable to subscribers to this tour and are much more economical than regular economy coach rates.
Departure city to Seattle
Return from Portland Round Trip Tour Basing Fare
New York $ 246   Boston $ 257   Hartford $ 249
Philadelphia $ 241   Pittsburgh $ 218   Cleveland $ 209
Washington $ 234   Chicago $ 183   Detroit $ 204
The above rates are applicable for extensions up to thirty days from date of departure. The rates are also applicable for return from San Francisco or Los Angeles without any other intervening flights.
HOTELS - accommodations are included from night of May 3rd in Bellevue to departure on
the morning of May 13th from Portland.
MEALS - Realizing that selection of food is a personal matter and in order to offer maximum choice the meals that are included are:

Breakfasts - none are included.

Lunch - eight included as specified.
Dinner - two in Portland as specified.
REGISTRATION FEES AND A.R.S. PROGRAM IN PORTLAND - all costs are included plus $25 donation
to the American Rhododendron Society.
LAND TRAVEL - Via chartered modern highway bus as specified in itinerary.
TIPS and TAXES - included for luggage handling, and taxes on hotel accommodations and meals included. Tips to bus drivers are optional.
SUBSCRIPTION - Complete form and forward with accompanying payment for the Land Subscription to Flora and Travel, Ltd. New York. Air tickets will be mailed later with bill.
CANCELLATION - Full refund if cancellation is received before March 15th, 1974. A service charge of $25 will apply for later cancellation if space is not sold.
RESPONSIBILITY - Flora and Travel, Ltd. and/or the American Rhododendron Society act only as agents for transportation companies and other principals. The right is reserved to alter or cancel any part of the itinerary as conditions require. Rates are based upon costs as currently quoted and subject to later revision.