It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Ralph Maiwaldt, our uncle and the founder of RR Irrigation. He died Wednesday, October 10th, surrounded by his family. Ralph was an avid birdwatcher, horticulturist, gardener, environmentalist, and acclaimed daylily farmer. He was 81 years old. Ralph enjoyed traveling, camping, and hiking immensely and he made many friends all around the world.
Born on March 29, 1937 in Kenilworth, NJ to German immigrants, Herbert and Hildegard (Schnabel/Snyder) Maiwaldt, Ralph founded RR Irrigation in 1971. RR Irrigation was one of New Jersey’s earliest irrigation companies installing and servicing systems throughout northern New Jersey. Ralph was an active and early member of the Irrigation Association of New Jersey and was committed to establishing professionalism in the business.
Ralph retired from RR Irrigation in 1991, leaving the business he built in the hands of his two nephews, Steve Dobossy and Paul Maiwaldt. After his retirement, he focused on creating one of the East Coast’s most expansive and unique flower farms —Robin Meadow Farms—in Ringoes, NJ. Ralph created hundreds of new varieties of Daylillies, Hostas, and other perennials. The property gardens housed 1,600 varieties of daylilies and was a beautiful respite for Ralph to take in nature surrounded by ponds with colorful fish and waterfalls. Ralph was frequently asked to speak and hold workshops at garden clubs in NJ and PA and was featured in many trade magazines and newsletters.
Ralph honorably served as a corporal in the US Army from 1955 – 1958 stationed at Ft. McClellan in Alabama. He was a life-long resident of New Jersey and also lived in Miami, FL . Ralph will be remembered by those who knew him as a spirited, passionate soul who loved nature and animals. RR Irrigation will forever be thankful for his contribution and he will be missed by his family and the friends he made everywhere.