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
Saturday, June 8, 2019: Spring Meeting with Marcela Ferreyra
Friday – Sunday, May 3–5, 2019:
NARGS ANNUAL MEETING:"Rooted in Diversity”
At the Sheraton Great Valley in Frazer (a suburb of Philadelphia). Hosted by Delaware Valley Chapter.
Contact: Jerry Rifkin (jerryr95 AT comcast.net). See also the fall issue of the
Rock Garden Quarterly (if you are a NARGS member).
Spring Gala, Plant Sale & Garden Tours.
Friday May 17: starting at 6 PM Meet and greet at Tony & Susan Reznicek's garden, 890 Wickfield Court, Ann Arbor, Park on the street (parking is a bit limited, so carpooling would be great)
GLC spring plant sale was there; many participated. Along with plants donated by GLC members we have procured plants from Wrightman Alpines and Sunscapes Nursery. Also Esther Benedict (Benedict’s Nursery: directions and description ) sold her rock garden plants. GLC Chapter members donated many plants to be distributed to other rock gardeners.
Saturday May 18: 9 AM - 4 PM Garden Visits. for garden details see the flyer. 6 PM Dinner at Weber's in the Atrium Ballroom, 8 PM Vojtech Holubec: Happy in the Wild, Happy in the Garden
Sunday May 19: 9 AM - 1 PM garden visits. General Ann Arbor area map for planning – see also inside the flyer. Also significant and worth seeing are Matthaei Botanical Gardens and the Nichols Arboretum with its striking Peony Garden.
Saturday and Sunday May 11th & 12th, from 10 am
until 3 p.m., 2019:
Andrea & Jacques Thompson opened their garden again on
Mother’s Day weekend, The weather of late has been cooler, and
a lot wetter than is usual for our area in May, The Spring garden
was just about at peak over the weekend.
Saturday, April 6, 2019: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Spring Meeting with Ger van den Beuken
Matthaei Botanical Gardens 1800 N. Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
Two programs were presented by Ger van den Beuken, one of Europe’s most eminent experts on the cultivation of choice alpine plants.
- Program I (11-12:30): The Cultivation and Propagation of the Genus Saxifraga (includes Porphyrion, Saxifraga and Ligulatae Saxifrages).
- Break (12:30-1:30)
- Program II (1:30-3): Cushion and Mat-forming species.
A communal lunch was enjoyed by all participants between the two excellent talks which showed an enormous variety of beautiful plants in cultivation and in the wild. Ger has seen and grown dozens of different species of the more than 440 known in Saxifraga; the list of those he discussed was a large extension of those listed on Wikipedia. Unfortunately, the wilds are places most of us will never reach (such as high Patagonia or the far Caucasus), and those plants that are in cultivation somewhere often cannot take Michigan conditions (such as our summer heat or highly variable winter cold). However, Ger did provide practical tips on doing the best one can, drawn from observation in the wild and 35 years as a grower, and gave much encouragement to those willing to try.
Member Joan Bolt, whose jewel of a garden GLC visited in May last year, brought a trove of valuable gardening books. She had decided these were surplus to her present requirements, and to give them away free to 'good homes', as she put it. Many members left very happy with their new treasures.
In addition, a Business Meeting of GLC adopted the motion that the Chapter incorporate. The Chapter Chair, Holly Pilon, will submit Articles of Incorporation to the State of Michigan. Incorporation differs from the legal status following from the previous Articles of Association, dating from 25 October 2010, to be seen from the GLC Governance page. Incorporation protects individual members from personal liability and will simplify obtaining liability insurance for for events that GLC runs, like the upcoming Gala, on May 17-19, and garden visits. It does not affect GLC's charitable or tax situations.
Saturday, January 19, 2019: [NOTE: changed from Jan. 26]
The Annual Winter Potluck took place at Matthaei Gardens in Ann Arbor. The new
Bylaws were discussed at the business part of this meeting, and the GLC Board
continues their refinement and deliberations over legal correctness.
Photos: Rimmer de Vries
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!