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The Rhododendron Society Notes
The Rhododendron Society was the forerunner of the Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia Group. Formed in 1915 by Charles Eley, J G Millais and PD Williams, one of the conditions of membership was the requirement to contribute occasional notes about the burgeoning number of new species of rhododendrons and the developing skills required to grow them successfully. These offerings were collated and published in fifteen parts – three volumes of five parts each – between 1917 and 1931.
Only published for the Society’s limited membership, original copies are scarce and expensive but they contain much of interest for current growers and students of rhododendron history alike. Fortunately, this continuing value was recognised in 1976 by the Pacific Rhododendron Society, based in Tacoma, Washington, USA, which produced a facsimile copy of each part.
The Group has been given permission to scan and publish the facsimile edition online by Fred Whitney – the last remaining officer of the Pacific Rhododendron Society. Without this it is unlikely that the project would have come to fruition as the inevitable damage to original bound copies in the scanning process would have been unthinkable.
These Notes will be published online on an occasional basis as the work to scan them is completed. Your patience whilst this process is taking place is requested.
Until now these works have only been accessible to the lucky few; the various permissions that the Group has received make this online publication freely available to all.
You may download the Notes by clicking on the approprate PDF icon below.
The Rhododendron Story
200 Years of Plant Hunting and Garden Cultivation Edited by Cynthia Postan
Published in 1996 to celebrate half a century of the Rhododendron Yearbook, this publication gives a marvellous insight into the world of rhododendrons and the people who helped create it. 224pp.
It is now out of print but we are fortunate to have been given permission to make it freely available to our members in PDF form.
|Chapter 1: Habitat and Ecology: Changes over 200 years |
|Chapter 2: The Taxonomy of the Genus: a History |
WILLIAM and MELVA PHILIPSON
|Chapter 3: The Importance of the Herbarium |
|Chapter 4: Nomenclature: an Ordered Universe |
|Chapter 5: Hooker’s Rhododendrons: Their Distribution and Survival |
|Chapter 6: The Irresistible Spread of the Rhododendron in British Gardens |
|Chapter 7: The Vireya Story |
|Chapter 8: Collector’s Techniques: Then and Now |
|Chapter 9: Hybrids for a Cold Climate: the Seidels |
|Chapter 10: Hybrids in the British Isles: the Nineteenth Century |
LIONEL DE ROTHSCHILD
|Chapter 11: Hybrids in the United States of America |
|Chapter 12: Deciduous Azaleas: the Hybrids |
RENAUD de KERCHOVE
|Chapter 13: Evergreen Azaleas: the Hybrids |
|Chapter 14: Rhododendrons in British Gardens: a Short History |
|Chapter 15: Rhododendron Lovers in the British Isles |
|Chapter 16: Rhododendron Lovers Around the World |