| Mike VanDeWalker of Springfield, Oreg., shot these rhododendrons
at the botanical gardens in Eugene, Oreg. There are about 900 species
found throughout the world ranging in size from 80-foot trees to
low-growing plants that creep along the ground. Most have truly
spectacular blossoms. They grow at sea level and in high altitudes,
in rain forests, mild maritime climates and even in alpine tundra.
The one thing most have in common is their love for a good acidic
and organic soil — a tendency that causes problems where the soils