Virtual: Rhododendrons for Northeast Ohio

January 19, 2021

Tuesday, 1/19/21
12:00 am - 3:00 pm

From breeding and nursery production to the landscape by Connor Ryan, Rhododendron Collections Manager for Holden Forests and Gardens, Holden Arboretum

The diversity of forms, flowering times, fragrance, and site preferences offered toy genus Rhododendron makes for exciting opportunities in landscapes. While rhododendrons can be tricky to please, a well-grown, mature Rhododendron rivals any other flowering shrub for flower power and seasonal Interest. Connor Ryan, Rhododendron Collections Manager at Holden Forests and Gardens, will present on Rhododendrons for Northeast Ohio, touching on recommended selections, breeding, nursery production, and landscape success. Growers and nurseries looking to diversify their current catalog and landscapers seeking greater success with rhododendrons will benefit from this program

As Rhododendron Collections Manager for Holden Forests and Gardens, Connor’s primary responsibilities are curating the HF&G Rhododendron collection and continuing HF&G’s Rhododendron breeding program based at the David G. Leach Research Station. He has broad interests in woody ornamental plant breeding and evaluation, plant propagation, and ex-situ conservation. Before coming to Holden, Connor earned a bachelor’s degree in Plant Science from Auburn University and a master’s degree in Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics from the University of Georgia.

To register, send an email to Cathee at It will be confirmed by return email and you will receive a Zoom link to enter the program the morning of the presentation day. Each program runs for about 60 minutes followed by Q&A, and will be begin promptly at 1:30 p.m.

Watch on YouTube: Rhododendrons of Ohio Leach Research Station Holden Arboretum