This past May, rhododendron and azalea enthusiasts from across the globe traveled to Philadelphia for the American Rhododendron Society convention. This annual convention featured many of the country’s great gardens including Longwood Gardens, Mt. Cuba Center, Chanticleer, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Tyler Arboretum, Morris Arboretum, and others, including several significant private gardens. Of course, with one of the most extensive collections of azaleas and rhododendrons in the country, Jenkins hosted an evening of wining, dining, and strolling through the gardens.
The Horticulture team at Jenkins had been hard at work to prepare for the spotlight during the convention. They began prepping three years ago by rejuvenated much of the evergreen azalea collection. In the years following, they have fertilized, mulched, pruned, and planted, and planted, and planted. In fact, of the 3,000+ plants added to the gardens in 2018, nearly 400 were rhododendrons and azaleas, further bolstering Jenkins’ nationally accredited collection.
It was an honor to host such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable crowd for a wonderful night of strolling, sipping, and enjoying the gardens. To learn more about the American Rhododendron Society, visit www. rhododendron.org.