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Welcome to

Willamette Chapter
American Rhododendron Society


All are welcome to our chapter meetings which are free and open to the public. They are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from September through May. Our meeting may be in person or via Zoom. Meeting information will be sent to members via email and newsletter and also announced on this website. In person meetings will be at the RAM Restaurant and Brewery Bearcat Room, 515 12th St. SE, Salem, OR 97301, with dinner at 5:00 p.m. and the meeting at 7:00 p.m.


Look forward to our next meeting
in the new year.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Ali Sarlak
Mushrooms You Never Thought
Existed in the Wild

Ali is a talented member of the Willamette Chapter. He emigrated from Iran (Persia) to the United States in 1977. Before coming to the U.S., Ali spent a few years in the U.K., but his sister living in Oregon drew him here. Once in Oregon, Ali studied at Linn-Benton Community College and then transferred to OSU, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in botany. In the interim, Ali began working with a landscaping firm. His interest grew so much that he formed his own company. Ali is a hard-working volunteer, always at Cecil and Molly Smith Garden work parties and readily hosting Smith Garden open days. He has served in multiple positions in the Eugene and Willamette ARS chapters and is currently on our Willamette Chapter Board of Directors.

May 2 - 5, 2024
ARS Annual Convention
in Bellingham, Washington

Rhododendrons on the 49th Parallel
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