Rutgers University, represented by a loose collection of horticulturists, alumni and students affiliated with Rutgers—all flower enthusiasts—bearing the name Rutgers Alumni Growers and Exhibitors (RAGE), had tremendous success on the flower show and sale circuit this year.
Of the three shows in which RAGE competed this season—North Jersey Orchid Society Show, Philadelphia Flower Show and Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchid Society (SEPOS) Show—it walked away with first place finishes in each event.
North Jersey Orchid Society Show, January 13-15, 2017:
RAGE won show trophy for “Most Outstanding Orchid” exhibit at the North Jersey Orchid Society Show, which was held at the Douglass Student Center at Rutgers-New Brunswick.
Philadelphia Flower Show, run by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, March 11-19, 2017:
The coveted “Best Orchid in the Show” at the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show went to Laeiocattleya Trick or Treat “Ty’s Rutgers Triumph.” Blue ribbon honors also went to the orchid, Laelia undulata, a joint entry by RAGE & Fishing Creek Orchid, PA, as well as the succulent, Anacampseros Alstonii.
2017 Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchid Society (SEPOS) Flower Show, March 24-26:
Two exhibits that won top honors at the Philadelphia Flower Show also scored three big wins at SEPOS this year. The showy Laeiocattleya Trick or Treat “Ty’s Rutgers Triumph” won “Best in Show.” Taking home both “First Place” as well as the “Best of Blues” prizes was Laelia undulata, the joint orchid exhibit by RAGE & Fishing Creek Orchid, PA.
RAGE consisted of Nicoletta Graf (CC’77), manager of Rutgers Floriculture Greenhouse; alumnus Michael Bowell (CC’78) and proprietor of Create a Scene, Inc., which specializes in garden design, installation and maintenance in the Philadelphia area; Ty Triplett (SEBS’10, GSNB’16) for whom one of the winning entries was named; Rodrigo Jordy (SEBS’16); another graduate Chris Satch; and Helen Misiewicz of Rutgers University Housing, a dedicated Rutgers Floriculture Greenhouse volunteer. Among the members of RAGE was a mixture of Rutgers students that included Tiffany Causing, Michaela Kramer, Thyra Kelly, Jacob Ledden, Sarah Pfaff, Lester Sabo, Allison Severino and Ariane Vasilatis.