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R. Taurus

This picture was submitted by Gus Cerini. It is a truss from the hybrid rhododendron, Taurus. Taurus is a cross between the hybrid seed parent, The Honourable Jean Marie de Montague and the species pollen parent, Rhododendron strigillosum. While R. strigillosum is relatively hardy, Taurus has inherited Jean Marie’s low tolerance to cold and is hardy to only -5° Fahrenheit and must be positioned in a well protected spot.

The large growing Taurus, with it’s hot red flowers and broad foliage is a favorite of many members in the Chapter, who at the beginning of each season compare how many buds have bloomed. One of the very attractive features of the plant are the deep red winter buds, particularly striking against snow covered lawns:

Meetings and Activities


2016-2017 was a meaningful year even while  working with a depleted treasury. We started with Marc Zukovich who presented a timely talk, “The Fall Garden”. This was followed by Veronica Dengler’s informative lecture on New Jersey deer. We had the Director of Rutgers Gardens, Bruce Crawford speak on native wildflowers, and our Annual Luncheon speaker was George Woodard, the superintendent of the Phipps estate, who gave a beautifully illustrated presentation on the hybrids he has developed at the estate, as well as those developed by other hybridizers.

For the first time we hosted a photo contest. There were 24 entries. Prizes were won by Inge Langer (1st), Arnold Card (2nd), and Gus Cerini (3rd).

This year’s plant sale was marred by a steady rainfall resulting in selling only half of our plants. All but 2 of the remaining plants were sold during the next two months.

This year’s picnic saw 17 members bring plates to Shirley and Allan Anderson’s house for a great get together. Shirley’s plants were in magnificent full bloom.

I Look forward to seeing everyone at our September meeting on Saturday the 16th.

Regular Memberships: Both spouses are included in a regular membership for $40.

Associate Memberships: Anyone interested in joining neighboring chapters as an Associate Member for a very reasonable $10.00 please contact:

For Princeton: Lester Martin, 52 Glenwood Rd. Colts Neck, NJ  07722 LesterRMartin@gmail.com

For New York: Marianne Feller, 88 Old Field Road, Old Field, NY 11733-1646 thefellers@verizon.net

For TZ memberships, directions or any other inquiries call Lydia or Gus Cerini at 845-735-3475


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