Tour of Dexter's Hybrids
Rhododendron 'Scintillation' (Dexter)
Picture by S & J Perkins
Rhododendron 'Scintillation', a Dexter hybrid, is a favorite among members of the Massachusetts Chapter. 'Scintillation' has been the most member requested plant from the Van Veen Order. Heritage Plantation in Sandwich Massachusetts is famous for its large collection of Dexter Rhododendrons. These gardens are open to the public for a small fee.Numerous people have been breeding rhododendrons for New England because the climate challenges many of the standard varieties of England and the Pacific Northwest. Some hybridizers have been commercial nursery operations looking for a more reliable performer in exposed locations. Some have been home gardeners with a passion to bring to New England a greater range of colors and foliage then previously thought possible.