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It's show time for rhododendrons.

The six chapters forming District V (California) of the American Rhododendron Society will be holding shows in April and May. If you're a prospective rhododendron buyer, these shows will give you an opportunity to evaluate the better-known varieties sold in retail nurseries. If you're already a fancier, you'll be able to see the new varieties and learn where to get them. Here are dates and places for the shows (all are free):

San Francisco. April 14, 15. California Chapter. Place: Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, Ninth Ave. and Lincoln Way. Hours: 1 to 4 Saturday, 10 to 4 Sunday.

Santa Rosa. April 28. Redwood Empire Chapter. Place: Santa Rosa Plaza. Hours: 10 to 6.

Cupertino. May 5, 6. De Anza Chapter. Place: Cupertino Nursery, 10431 N. De Anza Blvd. Hours: noon to 5 Saturday, 10 to 4 Sunday.

Fort Bragg. May 5, 6. Noyo Chapter. Place: Veterans Hall, E. Laurel and N. Harrison streets. Hours: noon to 5 Saturday, 9 to 5 Sunday.

San Mateo. May 12, 13. San Mateo Chapter. Place: San Mateo Garden Center, Parkside Way off Alameda de las Pulgas. Hours: noon to 5 Saturday, noon to 4 Sunday.

Santa Cruz. May 12, 13. Monterey Chapter. Place: Antonelli Brothers Begonia Gardens, 2545 Capitola Rd. Hours: noon to 5 Saturday, 10 to 4 Sunday. What to look for

The most conspicuous flowers are the big red, pink, or white garden hybrids. But you'll notice rhododendron connoisseurs looking at the smaller-flowered species that may show unusual yellow, blue, orange, or bicolored blossoms, or at the powerfully fragrant Maddenii hybrids ('Fragrantissimum' is the best known of these) with trumpet-shaped or lily-shaped flowers. These hybrids perform especially well in coastal northern California.
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