1998 Rhododendron Exhibit
The Massachusetts Chapter in the true manner of volunteerism put together an award winning educational garden display in 1998.
Designer: Sally Perkins
Show Coordinator: CJ Patterson
Flower Show Committee: Betty Carlhian, George Silverman, Charlie & Constance Keegan, Fred Knippel, Janet Killeen, John Coppinger, Lorry & Mary Roeder, Charlie Patterson, John Perkins, Jim Aplin, George Hibben, Joan Ferguson, Louise Forrest, Barbara Wrightington, Lewie Tuzzolo, and Dick Brooks.
The Massachusetts Chapter exhibits annually at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Spring Flower Show.
Statement of Intent
Title: Lifestyles in the Rhododendron Garden
What is the design concept of your exhibit?
A suburban Boston garden featuring high interest rhododendrons and azaleas. An attractive garden retreat is contrasted with the ardent gardener's work area. Low maintenance plantings are contrasted with higher maintenance potted material. Allow natural boulder features to remain in the garden and incorporate them into the design.
Describe the horticultural/ education concept of your exhibit?
Use rhododendrons in New England for a low maintenance garden. (In an actual garden situation, plants would be sited to allow for growth). Create more space with curved paths. Visually isolate work areas from restful areas. Invite wildlife into the garden. Potted material can be easily exchanged for a new look.
What impression or feeling do you want the viewer to experience from your exhibit?
An attractive place for a gardener's hobby or a tranquil place to rest. A garden you can relax and enjoy or a garden you can create and enjoy.
Hardiness zone: zone 6 for all landscaped materials. Tender rhododendrons in pots.
Date of garden: May 16
Did you force your plant material? yes all