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Everything you ever wanted to know about rhododendrons


Last updated 4/14/2021 at 11:33am

Photo courtesy of Evergreen Arboretum

Chimacum Woods owner Bob Zimmerman will be presenting a virtual program on rhododendrons on behalf of Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens and the Everett Public Library.

Join Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens and the Everett Public Library for a virtual class titled Rhododendrons 101 from 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 12.

Bob Zimmerman, owner of Chimacum Woods, will introduce the basics of these plants for gardeners. This program will also describe the cultures and politics associated with exploring the habitats of species rhododendrons and will consider the spirituality of these plants.

Zimmerman has been growing rhododendrons for more than 50 years, since rooting a cutting on the kitchen gas stove got him hooked. He started Chimacum Woods as a rhododendron nursery on the Olympic Peninsula in 1976 and began to concentrate on species in particular. Chimacum Woods grows most of Evergreen's plants from seed in order to keep as much of the gene pool preserved as possible. 

Zimmerman has made eight trips to Tibet, China, Japan and Arunachal Pradesh in search of rhododendrons. He enjoys making these plants available to gardeners. 

This virtual program is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens and Everett Public Library. To register, use this link:

As a companion event on Saturday, May 15, the public is invited to come to the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, 145 Alverson Blvd. in Everett at 10 a.m. to watch as Evergreen members plant several species Rhododendrons from Chimicum Woods Nursery. Masks required and social distancing will be observed.


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