Rhododendron (laetum x lowii)by Eric Hunt.
Is there anyone who doesn’t love Rhododendrons?Â ThisGardenLady certainly finds them beautiful. The word Rhododendron, which includes the azalea in the family, comes from the Greek meaning Rose Tree. It is the national flower of Nepal which must make the country look like Shangri-La when they are in bloom.
One of the breeders of rhododendrons was Hank Schannen. Mr. Schannen had been a recipient of the Gold Medal of the American Rhododendron Society and a former board member of the Rhododendron Species Foundation.Â He started a nursery to showcase and sell his Rhododendrons called Rare FindÂ Nursery in Jackson, NJ.Â Though Hank Schannen had passed away a few years ago, we are fortunate that his partner and associates have kept the Rare Find Nursery going.Â And though they sell excellent other plants, the Rhododendron is still the star of the nursery.
TheGardenLady went to Rare Find Nursery recently with some friends. The Rhododendrons were in magnificent bloom and she was taken on a tour of the 11 acres of Rhododendrons.Â To see some of what I saw on the tour look at this video:
For information about Rhododendrons you can check out and perhaps join the American Rhododendron Society. “Rhododendron species are found in the wild from the arctic regions to the tropics, spanning a wide range of climates.“Â Â Their website tells you which are the best rhododendrons for your area.