We are a group of Rock Garden enthusiasts with nearly 200 members, mostly in Michigan. We focus on plants of the Alpine regions of the world but never turn down a chance to grow any unique or interesting plant. Why not join us?

From garden tours to plant sales, our members enjoy sharing their knowledge and passion in this type of horticulture. We have speakers and programs that span the globe, with experts from as far as Europe, South Africa and New Zealand to our very own members, all united in the pursuit of rock gardening.

Future Local Events


We did plan more great programs —with details to be in the Spring Newsletter, which never appeared for obvious reasons. However, with the shutdown of so many group activities, including those of this Chapter, we have to share our enthusiasm with pictures mailed to our GLC mailing list. The resulting pictures can now be seen on our site’s revised Gallery pages.

Matthaei-Nichols Botanical Gardens and Arboretum closed 16 March 2020 for an indeterminate period. The outdoor trails are still open, however; see their web site for more details.University of Michigan closed many of its operations; consult the main site for any more details of how they are navigating the COVID times.


National Events

NARGS ANNUAL MEETING 2021 Durango, Colorado, Aug 5-8.

See the NARGS website or the Quarterly for details.

See also the NARGS Home Page (in a new pane)

Previous Chapter Events

Click a year to toggle visibility of the annual events list: [2021] [2020] [2019] [2018] [2017]


2021

Sunday, May 16, 2021: Open Gardens 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM — Ann Arbor area

PLACES: Don & Mary LaFond, 11836 McGregor Road, Pinckney, MI 48169
Holly Pilon, 1920 Dexter Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (Noon - 4:00)
Tony Reznicek, 890 Wickfield, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Jacques & Andrea Thompson, 7760 Crane Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
See the maps in the 2021 Spring Newsletter

Saturday, May 15, 2021: Spring Meeting and Plant Sale, & Open Gardens [SEE Sunday]

MEETING: Starting at 1:00 PM with a short business meeting.
PLACE: At the Byler’s: Pat & Rick Byler, 2202 Forest Park Drive, Jackson, MI 49201
Campbell's: Matt and Anne Marie Campbell, 1736 Probert Road Jackson, MI 49203
Greanya's: Libby and Michael Greanya, 2204 Vandemere Drive, Jackson, MI 49201
– These are adjacent amd mearby Properties. See the map in the 2021 Spring Newsletter
PLANT SALE: 1:00 PM — after the business meeting. Again, see the Spring Newsletter . We will have Esther and Robert Benedict, of Benedict’s Nursery (Nappanee, Indiana) selling plants the whole day as well.
OPEN GARDENS: SUNDAY

Saturday, March 20, 2021: Jenny Wainwright-Klein from Germany presented

The Schachen – a Botanic Garden high up in the Bavarian Alps
MEETING: 10:00 AM on Zoom

There will be a chance to view a recording for a limited time afterwards starting some days after the presentation. See our Videos page. There will also be a plant list there of those shown in the slides.

In 1901 the Munich Botanic Garden went up a mountain to create The Schachen Alpine Garden. [There are several dozen photos at this link.] The garden, located south of Garmisch-Partenkirchen at 1,850 metres above sea level, is open for a mere three months of the year, and is accessible by foot only after a three to four hour hike. Jenny Wainwright-Klein began work in the Rock Garden of the Munich Botanic Garden (hundreds of photos on TripAdvisor) in 1992 and developed a fascination for alpine plants. Now, 27 years later, she is the supervisor of the alpine propagation unit and of the Schachen Alpine Garden. Last summer Jenny celebrated her 26th season in this garden.

Saturday, February 20, (8:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST)
Webinar: Winter Blues and Gardens of Green

A Penn State Extension program that includes Todd Boland, horticulturist at the Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden and Chair of the Newfoundland Rock Garden Society, who will share his extensive knowledge during a Foliage, the Forgotten Friend session. Joseph Tychonievich, author of several books including Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style will end the webinar with his gardening experience along with inspiring images of easy to grow, yet beautiful plants you can add to your rock garden.

Saturday, January 23, 2021: 1pm EST
GLC NARGS Business Meeting

MEETING: 1:00 PM on Zoom
DETAILS: Access details were sent to the member mailing list.
AGENDA: Our seed exchange participation; Treasurer's report.
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Saturday, December 12, 2020: 2pm EST
Anne Spiegel of Massachussets on "Gardening On Rock"

MEETING: 2:00 PM on Zoom
DETAILS: Access details were sent to the member mailing list.

Anne says she is a "self-taught dirt gardener", but one who had the good fortune to have fabulous mentors who were the leading rock gardeners at that time. She is the owner/designer/builder/planter/maintainer/constant expander of large rock garden built on a very challeging site. The site is steep, windy, cold (or used to be), with stepped ledges ending in a small cliff. The garden faces WNW and is subject to winter winds. It is watered only by Nature due to a too-finite well. Deer are co-gardeners, unfortunately. The garden won the "Millstream Award" in 2011. Anne remarks "This was very special to me because Linc Foster was my first mentor and was the one who persuaded me to join NARGS."

The title of her talk was "Gardening On Rock", and it was about building her garden and, of course, the plants in it. She had been successfully gardening her hillside property including cliffs for two decades when a tornado struck destroying over 30 trees on her property including a a 300-year-old oak that dug her rock gardens up. The subsequent rebuilding and expansions of her gardens in the next couple of decades only make her garden more impressive. She gave accounts of how her garden grew as she evolved as a gardener, and could offer tips and evaluations of the many of her plants she featured.

Anne graciously provided a Plant List, giving the names of some of the beautiful and often rare plants she has been growing. It is available as a web page or as a PDF for printing.


Saturday, November 7, 2020: Paul Spriggs of Vancouver BC, Lecture

MEETING: 2:00 PM on Zoom
DETAILS: Access details will be sent later to the member mailing list.

A video of the lecture was available for a limited time starting some days after the presentation. See our Videos page.


Saturday, October 17, 2020: Fall Meeting, Plant Sale, & Garden Tour

MEETING: Noon – ca. 3:00 PM
PLACE: Andy Duvall’s Nursery at 9950 Dixboro Rd., South Lyon, MI – See the map in the Plant Sale insert
BAG LUNCH: If desired, and while touring the Nursery while wearing masks and socially distancing.
PLANT SALE: 1:30 PM – See the Plant Sale insert for important details, and the Fall Newsletter .


CANCELLED due to COVID 19

Saturday, April 18, 2020: Jenny Wainwright-Klein from Germany presenting

1. The Schachen – a Botanic Garden high up in the Bavarian Alps
2. Alpine Plants of the Drakensberg Mountains of Lesotho and adjacent South Africa


Saturday, March 7, 2020: Winter Meeting: Focus on Steppe Plants For Rock Gardens!

MEETING: 10:00 AM – ca. 1:30 PM
PLACE: Matthaei Botanical Gardens Auditorium – see the map in Newsletter
PROGRAMS: Mike Bone
10:00 AM – Steppe Plants for Rock Gardens
Steppes are semi-arid biomes dominated by forbs, grasses, and grass-like species, and characterized by extremes of cold and heat. Sounds just like Michigan!
11:30 AM – Middle Asian Steppe and its Mountainous Regions
Plant from steppe regions have the advantage for us of being more heat tolerant that standard alpines, so offer some untapped beauty for rock gardeners. This is a great opportunity to see the diversity of the central Asian steppe, a region of great beauty, with massive mountain ranges, but rarely visited by people from North America.
CATERED LUNCH: 12:15 PM

Mike Bone is the Curator of Steppe Collections at the Denver Botanical Gardens, one of the finest gardens for Botanical Diversity in North America. Mike has worked at the Gardens since 2002 and for the majority of his tenure has been in propagation and production. Mike has a passion for cultivating plants from and appropriate for the steppes of North America, and has traveled widely studying the flora of North America and Central Asia. He is involved in many aspects of their Plant Select program.

Mike is also the author, with Dan Johnson, Panayoti Kelaidis, Mike Kintgen, and Larry G. Vickerman of a new (2015) book: Steppes: The Plants and Ecology of the World’s Semi-arid Regions, published by the Denver Botanical Gardens.


Saturday, February 22, 2020: Our Annual Winter Potluck!

MEETING: 11:30 AM – ca. 3:00 PM
PLACE: Matthaei Botanical Gardens Auditorium – see the map in Newsletter
Potluck Lunch: 12:00 NOON Beverages provided. Please bring a dish to pass!
Brief business Meeting: 1:00 PM
[MOVED from 18 January DUE TO WEATHER]

Program 1:30 PM:
Mike Palmer – History of the Marie Azary Rock garden with updates on the current renovation

Mike has been a long time GLC member, and is the Greenhouse Research Coordinator and Collections Horticulturist at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. He has been overseeing the renovation of the Azary Rock garden, and filled us in on all the happenings and how we may help further.


Saturday, January 18, 2020: Our Annual Winter Potluck!

[CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER - MOVED to 22 February]
MEETING: 11:30 AM – ca. 3:00 PM
PLACE: Matthaei Botanical Gardens Auditorium – see the map in Newsletter
Potluck Lunch: ....

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Photos: Jacques Thompson (03 Mar 2020)

  • Eranthis a wood lot full

    Eranthis hyemalis: wood lot full

  • Eranthis in a wood lot

    Eranthis hyemalis:

  • Eranthis in a wood lot seen by Jacques Thompson and Don Lafond

    Eranthis hyemalis: seen by Jacques Thompson and Don Lafond

  • Eranthis in a wood lot seen by Jacques Thompson and Don Lafond

    Eranthis hyemalis: seen by Jacques Thompson and Don Lafond

  • Eranthis in a wood lot seen by Jacques Thompson and Don Lafond

    Eranthis hyemalis: seen by Jacques Thompson and Don Lafond

  • Eranthis in a wood lot seen by Jacques Thompson and Don Lafond

    Eranthis hyemalis: seen by Jacques Thompson and Don Lafond

  • Eranthis hyemalis: an almost white form

    Eranthis hyemalis: an almost white form

  • Eranthis hyemalis: in the Ions' garden Mar 08

    Eranthis hyemalis: in the Ions' garden Mar 08

  • The same space in the Ions' garden 16 Mar 2015

    The same space in the Ions' garden 16 Mar 2015

  • Eranthis hyemalis: a green one, from a GLC sale, in the Ions' garden

    Eranthis hyemalis: a green one, from a GLC sale, in the Ions' garden, 12 Mar 2020

  • A green Trillium in Northern Michigan 10 May 2015

    A green Trillium in Northern Michigan 10 May 2015.

  • Eranthis hyemalis: the green one two back, from a GLC sale, in the Ions' garden, 19 Mar 2021;noe 'Peony Envy'

    The green one two back, from a GLC sale, in the Ions' garden, 20 Mar 2021; now Eranthis hyemalis 'Peony Envy'.

News

Tony Reznicek received 2017 NARGS Edgar T. Wherry Award

Encomium: There is no doubt that Tony fulfills the requirements for the Edgar T. Wherry Award. I have known Tony for at least 25 years and read many newsletters and NARGS Quarterly articles he has written, as well as several talks. Tony has served as the GLC newsletter editor for over 30 years. He has been a past director of NARGS and a past president for GLC. Tony is the Curator of the University of Michigan Herbarium. His knowledge of plants is second to none. Tony leads countless plant tours for the GLC and many other organizations, and, as some have experienced a tour of the UP of Michigan for the post-conference trip of the past National Meeting in 2015. As the Wherry Award concerns the dissemination of botanical and/or horticultural information, I did some research on what else he has spoken or written about. I counted over 300 scientfic papers, magazine articles, and books that Tony has co-authored or authored outright. I believe all, or at least most, of his writing subjects consisted of native plants around the Great Lakes and Canada and high-elevation plants of Mexico, with some very interesting work on plant hunters, with a big interest in Reginald Farrer, and Joseph Rock. His big plant focus is, but certainly not limited to, Carex, on which he literally wrote the book. I also roughly counted 300 speaking engagements on numerous scientific and horticultural subjects, all this dissemination of botanical and horticultural information spread over 50 years. Tony is a tireless proponent of rock gardening, horticulture, environmental concerns and a mentor of countless people (me included). We here at the Great Lakes Chapter of NARGS would love to see Dr. Anton (Tony) Reznicek receive the Edgar T. Wherry Award for a simply amazing career, so far!