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Participation - how can you contribute to a successful convention?

Hi, we here in Washington State are working hard to plan and put on a convention that everyone will enjoy.  However, there are ways that you can contribute and make this an even better convention.

We are planning on the following activities in which you could be an active participant.





Poster Presentations

Poster Show

The ARS research team is planning on a poster show, where researchers, under the direction of Juliana Medeiros Ph.D., will present their projects and answer questions.  For information on offering to show a poster, follow this link:

The research team is also planning some pre-convention activities for researchers. 

For details, contact Juliana at


In addition, space should be available for anyone else who has a display that would be of interest to the attendees.  We encourage all to consider what they might contribute to this educational aspect of the convention.

Please let us know via the contact page if you plan to participate so we can make sure there is room.

Photo Show

American Rhododendron Society
2024 Convention
Photo Show


Entries for the Photo Show will be accepted at the registration table from

1:00pm to 5:00pm on Thursday, May 2, 2024 or by special arrangement.

The Photo Show will be a non-competitive celebration

of everything Rhododendron.


We encourage photographers to share their favorite photos, including those that have
been previou
sly entered in a show.


Entries limited to six (6) for ARS2024 Bellingham convention registrants only.  




Display Categories

  • Flower, truss, or spray

  • Landscape: plants in the wild or in a garden setting

  • People, insects, or animals

  • Foliage, bark, or seedpod


Entry Criteria

  • Each entrant must fill out and submit an entry form (linked below)

  • Please submit entry forms by April 20, 2024 to allow time for show preparation.

  • All entries must be picked up after the Banquet, Saturday evening May 4, 2022,
    or between 8:00am to 10:00am Sunday morning. The committee will not be responsible for photographs that are left after the convention closes.


Rules for show entries

  • Photographs must be mounted on either solid backing or foam board no thicker
    than 1/4 inch or in mat frames. The photographer‘s name and category must be affixed on the back.

  • Photographs are not to exceed 16″ by 20″ in size including mounting.

  • Frames, glass, canvas, or metal are not allowed.

  • There are no limitations on when a photograph was taken; and photographs which have won in competitions are allowed, but should be so noted on the entry form.

  • Photographs must occur naturally. Cropping and minor adjustments to exposure and
    color balance are permitted. Composites made with image editing software like
    Photoshop are not permitted.


Note: Photos will be displayed in a public area of the hotel:

entrants submit their photos at their own risk.

Submit entry forms and/or questions to photo show chairperson

Bill Heller

​Photo Show Entry-Release Form

Plant sale

Plant Sale

Plants, plants and more plants will be available for adoption.



Phyto inspection will be available.  Each phyto certificate (one per household) will cost $10+/-.

The following will be providing plants for the plant sale - come and choose your favorite. 

Rhododendron Species Botanic Garden - Federal Way WA

Chimacom Woods Species Rhododendron Nursery - Port Ludlow WA

Log Cabin Nursery - Salem OR

Briggs Nursery - Elma WA

Christenson's Nursery, Mt Vernon WA


The plant sale will be open to the Public on Sunday morning.



We will be having an auction, silent and/or live. 


120,000 "BONVOY by Sheraton" points are on the block.

(requires a Bonvoy account)

We are asking the West Coast chapters to provide a basket or item for the auction. 


You can help as individuals if you have something that you no longer use, or even something new, that someone else might like, and you would like to contribute, we will be extremely grateful.

Books on Rhododendrons and/or other horticultural topics are also being sought to add to the sale.

Please let know on the Contact Us page what you desire to contribute.

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