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



                              Sunday – January 8, 2017 – 2:00 PM – Main Greenhouse Classroom

                                                               Speaker: Mary Ahern

Mary Ahern, a former board member of the NY ARS will present “From the Garden to the Wall”, a program which describes the process of creating Art, whether in a painting on canvas or as a garden and planting design.


As an Artist with a degree in Fine Art with a focus on Painting, one in Ornamental Horticulture with a specialty in Landscape Design and a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from the New York Botanical Gardens, Mary brings decades of experience to her field.


Mary’s paintings reflect her passion for gardens. The colors, the textures, the lighting and the pathways tell stories of personal creative visions. She is inspired by her own extensive woodland garden in Northport as well as the many public and private gardens around Long Island.


Please visit her website to see her work at: www.MaryAhernArtist.com


Refreshments for this meeting R-E

It would be greatly appreciated if members with last names beginning with the above letters provide the refreshments for this meeting.


President’s Message

Although it isn’t officially winter (Dec.21), I see that it has reared its cold and windy head.  Over the years I’ve had to cut up trees that have been blown down or they just died and I had to have them taken down.  Tonight, as I’m writing this part of the newsletter, the wind is really whistling through the very tall oak trees that surround my house and I wonder when one of those giants is going to come crashing down onto my roof.  And people wonder why I have occasional fits of paranoia! 


No one has called me to tell me that our website has been down for about a week now.  Thank you for not noticing!  I have been aware of it.  I originally thought those pesky Russians hacked into the site, but no, it was caused by the host changing “platforms” and I needed to get in touch with someone to update the servers.  I wish I knew what all that means but fortunately the tech people did and the site is up and running again.


Sad news- Our chapter membership is now down to 54 members.  That’s very depressing when I remember the membership was between 300 and 400 people back in 1995.  Oh well, I have to stop living in the past.


My final note to you in 2016 is I would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season.  See you next year!


                                                                       2017 March Luncheon


The March Membership Meeting will be held at the Irish Coffee Pub, located at 131 Carleton Avenue, East Islip on Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 12:30 PM until 3:30 PM.  A sit down formal lunch will be served at a cost of $37 per person, which will include an appetizer, salad, choice of three entrees, dessert, coffee and soft drinks.  Based on recent attendance numbers we are compelled to use a smaller private dining room - the Dublin Court.  Right outside the Dublin Court is the bar room, where you may purchase alcoholic beverages or wine of your choice on a cash basis. 


Maximum capacity in the Dublin Court is 25 persons.  We will not be able to accommodate any additional guests.  So join your friends by reserving a spot at the table early.  Please send your check, payable to “ARS – New York Chapter”, before March 4th to Marianne Feller, 88 Old Field Road, Old Field, NY 11733. 


Looking forward to seeing you there and hope we do not have to turn anyone away due to a late reservation.  –Bruce & Marianne Feller


Hybridizers’ Meeting

We will be meeting on Sunday, March 26, 2017, this year at the Holly House at Rutgers University. Specific directions for driving there will be sent out soon but the House is near the New Jersey Turnpike and Route 1, very convenient.


We plan to gather at 10:00AM and once everyone is settled in with coffee have a one hour session featuring several participants discussing some aspect of rhododendron culture based on Hybridizing. With all the posts about large leaf plants lately on the Yahoo site, Perhaps "Hybridizing Large Leafed Rhododendrons for the NE” will be a good topic. Will several of those who have participated in that forum volunteer?


At noon we can break for lunch (you will have to brown bag it) and some friendly talk among the group.


After lunch we will have an opportunity for everyone to show photos and talk a bit about their hybridizing efforts. Don’t plan to spend more than fifteen minutes so everyone will get a chance.


This should get us finished up by four o’clock so we can get on the road.


I look forward to ideas or comments about this get together so please email me your ideas and suggestions.                    –Bud Gehnrich


Holly Society Meeting

Because many members of the NY Chapter are also members or just interested parties of the Holly Society I’ve included this meeting notification: 

Holly Soc. Meeting: 11AM, Jan. 21st, 2017, Upper Carriage House, Bayard Cutting Arboretum


In Memorium

Ted Stecki passed away on Nov.16.

Lou Seeds of Lehigh Valley Chapter passed away on Nov 27.

Our condolences are extended to both their families.




Meeting Schedule for the coming months:

Jan. 8. Mary Ahern

Feb. 19. Holger Hachmann, famed German Hybridizer and Nurseryman at Old Westbury Gardens

Mar. 25, Luncheon at the Irish Coffee Pub 12:30-3:30   

Mar. 26, Hybridizers’ Meeting, Rutgers University, 10AM-4PM




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