Hale Booth Will Enlighten Us
Join us for our next SE-ARS meeting on Sunday, March 20, at 2 pm, St. John in the Wilderness Parish Hall, Flat Rock, N.C. This is a joint meeting with Vaseyi Chapter of ASA.
Hale Booth has put together a delightful program on Broadleaf Evergreens. Hale has a consuming interest in woody plants and is a knowledgeable authority on a wide variety of plants, gardening issues, and deer fence building. Although a few of the plants he will show us are rhododendrons, most of them are unusual plants that will be fascinating to many us, for example Ilex pedunculosa and Rhododendron purdomnii. Hale and his wife Susan garden on Signal Mountain near Chattanooga, Tennessee, where they maintain an ever-expanding eclectic collection of hollies, rhododendrons, azaleas, bamboos, camellias, magnolias and other interesting forms of Chlorophyll. Hale is the District 10 Director for the American Rhododendron Society, a member of both the American Conifer Society and the Holly Society of America. As a member of the Azalea Society of America, he is the Director of the Azalea Research Fund, which has a mission to foster increased knowledge and improvement of the standards of excellence with regards to azaleas by promoting and supporting research activities in the areas of classification, hybridization, culture and education. Every year he selects research grant proposals to be funded. One of the recent grants funded is to find shorter, bushier deciduous azaleas.