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Azalea Society of America

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In 1979, a number of azalea collectors and hybridizers interested in sharing and improving the knowledge of azaleas founded the Azalea Society of America as a non-profit educational and scientific society. The Society goals are to:
  • promote knowledge of and interest in azaleas
  • provide a forum for the sharing of experiences and the dissemination of techniques of hybridizing, propagation and culture of azaleas
  • promote the proper description and registration of new azalea hybrids and selections
  • conduct studies and communicate with the members through publications and meetings
  • bring together all those whose interest in and appreciation of azaleas form a bond of friendship.
The Society has national officers and committees for overall structure and direction, along with a number of chapters to provide meetings, lectures, seminars, plant sales, auctions and exchanges, and fellowship at the local level. National membership includes membership in one of the local chapters, with At-Large affiliation for those members not joining a local chapter. Guests are always welcome at the local chapter meetings.

The programs of the Society are designed to meet the needs of home gardeners, collectors and horticultural students, as well as nurserymen, hybridizers and landscape architects. Our primary publication is a quarterly journal, The Azalean, which is the Society forum for members and others to share their observations on azalea culture, garden design, hybridization, propagation, new azaleas, and chapter activities.

Each spring, one of our local chapters hosts an annual convention to immerse our members and friends in a long weekend of azalea activities, including a brief national business meeting. Each convention features tours of excellent local gardens during the day, renowned speakers in the evening, and ongoing sales of azaleas and companion plants. Our next convention will be Wednesday, March 30-Sunday April 02, 2017 are the dates of our next convention:
"Down on the Bayou”
Courtyard Marriott
Hammond, Louisiana

Details are given on the Convention 2017 page.

The Society contact information is   Azalea Society of America
Leslie Nanney, Secretary   703-644-5651
8646 Tuttle Road
Springfield VA 22152

Click a chapter name for more information such as its geographical area details, its meeting dates and locations, special events, officers, etc. If it is not a link, or if its page does not answer your questions, click the name of the chapter contact person to open an e-mail addressed to them, ready for you to complete and send.

Contact PersonPresident Geographical Area Served
Alabamense Chapter
Patrick Thompson   334-332-0283
517 Dumas Drive
Auburn AL 36830

Patrick Thompson     Alabama
Ben Morrison Chapter
Bob McWhorter   410-923-6408
1666 Preakness Drive
Gambrills MD 21054

Budne Reinke Maryland, District of Columbia, Delaware, Virginia
Cape Fear Chapter
Matt Hunter   910-232-0304
4501 W. Cascade Road
Wilmington NC 28412-6824

open Eastern North and South Carolina
Central Carolinas Chapter
Chris Wetmore

Sandy Yakob Central North and South Carolina
Lake Michigan Chapter
John Migas   269-857-1505
6541 Bradley Road, PO Box 561
Saugatuck MI 49453

vacant Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin
Louisiana Chapter
Robert "Buddy" Lee   985-878-3567      
52063 Ridge Crest Road
Independence LA 70443

Allen Owings Louisiana
Northern Virginia Chapter
Rick Bauer   757 833-7737
115 Hunters Lane,
Yorktown, Virginia 23692

Barbara Kirkwood Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland
Rev John Drayton Chapter
Tom Johnson   843-296-8078
3550 Ashley River Rd
Charleston SC 29414

Tom Johnson South Carolina, primarily the Charleston area
Southern California Chapter
Gladful DerSarkisian   310-820-8181
1337 Wellesley Avenue #303
Los Angeles CA 90025

Jim Jaeger California, primarily the Los Angeles area
Texas Chapter
Mary Beth Hagood

Harold Hall Texas, with meetings in Houston, Nacogdoches and Tyler
Tri-State Chapter
Larry Miller   812-423-5167
10 Chandler Avenue
Evansville IN 47713

Beverly Knight Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky
Vaseyi Chapter
Jean Pace   828-692-7518
90 Shadow Mountain Lane
Hendersonville NC 28739

J Jackson Western North and South Carolina, Tennessee
At Large (no chapter affiliation)
Chris Wetmore

National officers and directors are elected for two year terms coincident with the national convention. Much of the business of the Society is done by the Board of Directors, composed of the national officers and directors and the chapter presidents, and by a number of national committees. The current officers are:
National Officers National Committee Chairs
PresidentJ Jackson AdvertisingVacant
Vice PresidentBarbara Stump ArchivesJeanne Hammer
SecretaryLeslie Nanney AwardsRobert "Buddy" Lee
& Barbara Stump
TreasurerPaul Beck Azalea CityRobert "Buddy" Lee
Past PresidentJohn Migas Azalea Research         Hale Booth
Editor, The Azalean Barbara Stump              Back IssuesSusan Bauer
WebmasterDave Banks By-LawsRick Bauer
2015-2017 Director          Bart Brechter Finance Paul Beck
Miles Beach Membership Chris Wetmore
Joe Coleman Nominating J Jackson
2016-2018 Director Larry Miller Save the Azaleas Aaron Cook
Jo Ann Smith Seed Exchange Lindy Johnson
Chris Wetmore

 related pages
national archives   at North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC
national awards   for service to the society and for best articles in The Azalean
bylaws   society bylaws and chapter bylaws template

Updated March 07, 2017

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