Rhododendron line art ©Mary Ahern 2003     New York Chapter

    

     American Rhododendron Society

     President & Newsletter Editor: Jim Fry, e-mail: JimsCreatures@Verizon.net , tel 631-495-6531

       Chapter Website: NYRHODODENDRON.ORG 

       ARS Website:      http://www.rhododendron.org

 

 

 

 

 

Early Flower Show and Elections

 

                       Saturday, April 21, 2018 – Conference Center – Planting Fields Arboretum

 

Flower Show Chair, Bruce Feller, urges everyone to participate in the Early Flower Show.  Please bring your entries between 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM and arrive on the early side if you intend to complete Entry Cards at Planting Fields.

 

REMEMBER:  TO SIMPLIFY AND EXPEDITE THE CLASSIFICATION AND ACCEPTANCE OF THE VAST MAJORITY OF ENTRIES FOR THE SHOW, SHOW STAFF WILL ENTER THE CLASS ON THE ENTRY CARD (EXCEPT FOR CLASS 33, THE HYBRIDIZERS CUP).  EXHIBITORS SHOULD ONLY INDICATE THE NAME OR PARENTAGE OF THE ENTRY AND HIS OR HER NAME AND ADDRESS, EACH OF WHICH MUST BE ENTERED TWICE ON THE ENTRY CARD, ONCE AT THE TOP AND AGAIN AT THE BOTTOM.  PENCIL SHOULD BE USED.   IF THE NAME OF THE ENTRY IS NOT KNOWN, ENTER “UNKNOWN” ON THE ENTRY CARD.  FOLLOWING THESE SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS WILL FACILITATE THE PROCESS.

   

You may find all the Flower Show Entry Rules on the Chapter Website, nyrhododendron.org

 

After dropping off your trusses, sprays and completed Entry Cards, you may relax with your associates or take some time to stroll the Arboretum grounds.  We shall be serving a brunch/lunch menu this year at 1:00 PM.  Accordingly, all members are requested to bring an appropriate dish to share – brunch casserole, lunch entrée, platter of finger- food , salad or dessert.  Please let Rosemary Mauro (ramauro@yahoo.com) know of your selection.  Beverages will be furnished by the Chapter.      

 

Flower Show will be open to the public from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.     

 

President’s Message

It’s been a particularly difficult spring this year.  The weather was reasonably nice in February, so I thought I would get a head start of cleaning up the garden.  I was making pretty good progress until March popped in with snow storms and nor’easters making my earlier clean-up efforts null and void.  Plus, the fact that I couldn’t clean-up the new mess until the snow melted.  That didn’t happen once but several times making this Spring very frustrating.  Now that the weather seems to be getting nicer, I’m experiencing what one of my old cars suffered from-a busted transmission.  Both the car and I can’t seem to get out of first gear.

 

New Member

Carolyn Summers, Tarrytown, NY

 

Board of Elections

The tentative slate for the upcoming elections for officers and committee positions are as follows:

President-Bruce Feller

1st Vice President- Marvin Fisher

Treasurer-Dennis Stallone

Membership-Marianne Feller

Flower Shows- The Fellers

Hospitality-Rose Mauro

Newsletter & Website-Jim Fry

Current Board Members: Hanna Kennedy, Rose Mauro, Mike Esemplare, Tom Appell, Rosemarie Esemplare, Linda Fisher.  There are openings for three more people.

 

Ruth Gehnrich (11/12/1931-2/16/2018)

This past February we said our last good-byes to Ruth Gehnrich, longtime member of the New York Chapter.  A consistent attendee at our chapter meetings with her husband, Bud, she cherished the many friendships she had with rhododendron people all over the country.  For many years she willingly hosted the many speakers that spoke at the NY Chapter meetings.  During the chapter’s social events, Ruth was always willing to pitch-in and help with the hospitality issues.  Her last contribution, even while battling illness, was to spearhead the chapter’s first December holiday season social which was a big hit.

 

Not really a rhododendron grower for she left that up to Bud, her interests were knitting and quilting.  Shortly after I joined the society in 1996 she confessed to me that she was more of a “weeder” than gardener.  That task alone merits high praise for not too many people in or out of the Society like doing that job. 

 

Ever the supportive wife, Ruth was so concerned with her husband’s hillside physical gardening demands, that she bought him an all-terrain vehicle, so he could easily move and tend his plants.

 

She grew up in Cambria Heights, Queens, NY and lived in Greenville, NY with her first husband until his passing in the 1980s.  At about the same time Bud lost his first wife, Anita.  The two couples had been friends since their teenage years and soon Bud and Ruth married.  Their marriage lasted 31 years and, according to Bud, they never, ever had a fight!

 

Her friends of the ARS including the NY Chapter who knew her will miss her very much.

 

Jim Fry, President-NY Chapter

 

A $250 contribution to the ARS Endowment Fund has been made by the chapter in memory of Ruth Gehnrich.

 

Tentative Garden Tours

You’ll note that some of the information is either missing or confusing.  When all the participants have finally gotten back to me about if and when they are going to show their gardens, I’ll publish another newsletter prior to the May Flower Show (May 19th).

 

May6th, Sunday, 11AM-4PM, Marianne & Bruce Feller, 88 Old Field Road, Old Field NY 11733, 631-689-9498, Directions:          Rt. 25A from Smithtown to Stoneybrook RR Station.  Turn left onto Quaker Path North to Old Field Road.  Turn left and go approx. 1/4 mile.  Park on the lawn or as directed.  Do not park along the road!  (Please note: this is a Garden Conservancy charity event.  There will be a charge of $7 to attend.)

 

May 12th, Saturday, 2-5 PM Ralph Potente, 4 Nichols Court, Glen Head, NY 11545  (516) 626-3147 Directions:  Route 106 North or South to Brookville Road.  Turn onto Brookville Road and travel North to Dorchester Drive.  Turn right onto Dorchester Drive to Chelmsford Drive.  Turn left onto Chelmsford Drive to Nichols Court.  Turn left onto Nichols Court to # 4. 

May12th, Saturday, 2-5 PM, Dick Murcott, Linden Lane, East Norwich, NY 11732

Directions: Route 106 North to Northern Blvd. Make left turn and head west on Northern Blvd (Rt. 25A).  Linden Lane is on the north side of Rt. 25A just a little east of Martin Viette Nurseries. 

 

May 12th, Saturday, ???  , Betty & Jim Schmale, 25 Picardy Lane, Laurel Hollow, NY 11791

Directions: Take Rt. 25A by Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery east to traffic light.  Turn right onto Harbor Road South for approx. 1.25 miles to Stillwell Lane.  Right turn onto Stillwell and travel 0.5 miles to Picardy Lane on right side.

 

May 20th, Sunday, 2-5 PM, Rosemarie & David Papayanopulos, 27 Brookhill Lane, Huntington, NY 11743,

  Directions: Jericho Turnpike to Elwood Road. Elwood Road North to 2nd traffic light. Turn left on to Cuba Hill Road. Pass chicken farm (Makinachian) - bear left at traffic light. Turn left at first road (Greenhill Lane). Go all the way to end of block. We are last house on the left at the corner of Brookhill and Greenhill Lanes. (Blue picket fence) 631-368-1877

 

 

Laurelwood Arboretum

725 Pines Lake Drive

West Wayne, NJ 07470

Laurelwood Arboretum is sponsoring a rhododendron festival the weekend of May 19-20 (1PM).  Further information is available at info@laurelwoodarboretum.org

 

 

Join the NY Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society:  Become a member of the ARS. On a piece of paper put your name, address with zip code, phone number, e-mail if you have it, and name of spouse. Send it with a check for $40 made out to ARS-NY Chapter to Marianne Feller, 88 Old Field Road, Old Field, NY 11733-1646