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.
Friday to Sunday,July 6–8, 2018;
NARGS Annual Meeting 2018 "Where Alpines Meet the Sea"
in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
This ought to be a great meeting! Followed by an optional Post-conference Tour.
Newfoundland Limestone Barrens
Monday, July 9 Monday, 16, 2018
Todd Boland, Trip Leader
Saturday May 5, 2018;
Spring Meeting & Plant Sale
at Mike & Libby Greanya’s and Pat Byler’s in Jackson.
Details were in the
and the accompanying insert.
Saturday March 31, 2018;
Spring Meeting, Conifer Extravaganza! at
Matthaei Botanical Gardens Auditorium
(see the map in
11:00–ca. 1:00 tour the garden;
CATERED LUNCH: 12:30 — 1:30;
PROGRAMS: Robert Fincham
11:00 AM – Dwarf Conifers Suitable for Small Gardens
Some conifers are among the hardiest plants, and many are evergreen, offering year round color and texture. Though many are big trees, dwarf sports are not uncommon and selecting and propagating these allows a huge diversity to be utilized in even in small gardens.
1:30 PM – Colorful Conifers
Among the mutations to which conifers are prone are color mutation that provide splashes of color even in winter months. Find out what ones are best for our gardens.
Robert Fincham was a founding member and first President of the American Conifer Society, and a well-known author, nurseryman, speaker, and introducer of dwarf conifers. Popular illustrated books he has written on conifers include Small Conifers for Small Gardens, and Special Conifers For Special Gardens (3 volumes). For many years he was the owner of Coenosium Gardens, a specialty conifer nursery. See http://coenosium.com/ for more information.
Saturday January 20, 2018;
Winter Pot Luck and Janet Macunovich Lecture
at Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor
MEETING: 11:00am – ca. 3:00pm
POT LUCK LUNCH: 12:00 noon
BUSINESS MEETING: 1:00pm included a ceremony handing over the prestigious NARGS
Edgar T. Wherry Award to Tony Reznicek
PROGRAM LECTURE: 1:30pm
Janet Macunovich and Stev Nikkila talked on
Planting Well Even When Roots Aren't Right.
This was of special interest to those planting woody plants from containers. Jacques Thompson relates that Janet's presentations Giving Your Conifers a Haircut and Columbo on Conifer:Why’d it Die? ,at the National Conifer Society concerning new insights into planting techniques, caused him to change his ways. Janet is a South-East Michigan gardener, designer, author and educator [see her biographical page]. For a map and other information see the GLC Winter Newsletter or the lecture's posting at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Saturday September 23, 2017;
Fall Plant Sale and Garden visit
at the garden of Ed and Colleen Weiss in Ann Arbor,
1005 Fairmount, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 — see
11:00–ca. 1:00 tour the garden;
BAG LUNCH: While touring the garden;
PLANT SALE: 1:30 PM — See the
Plant Sale insert
(Note this meeting is the 23rd not our usual date of the third Saturday in September.)
Ed and Colleen Weiss are pleased to host. Relatively new to the world of Alpines, they have been planting these fascinating plants over the past five to six years. Their introduction to the plant world began with their collecting unique and diverse conifers. All this planting activity takes place in and around large boulder walls creating a unique back-yard environment. The Alpine garden is a work-in-progress that begs complementing the conifer slogan “I haven't met a Chamaecyparis I didn't like” with “There isn't a Saxifraga we wouldn't plant”.
Sunday September 24, 2017, at 1:00 pm;
Hypertufa Trough Workshop given by Don LaFond
at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Don LaFond will show people how he makes his wonderful troughs, and also include some tips on planting them.
Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, 2017;
Exotic Plant Show and Sales weekend
at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Saturday May 6, 2017;
Spring Plant Sale and Garden visit
at Joan Bolt's, 509 Fendale St SE, Grand Rapids –
see map insert.
MEETING: 11:00am -- ca. 3:00pm
GARDEN: 11:00-ca. 1:00 tour the garden
BAG LUNCH: While touring the garden
PLANT SALE: NOON
Changed from 1:30 pm on 3 May to allow more time for Blue Horizon excursions
-- for other details see Newsletter and map insert for details.
Due to the distance many of will be travelling we wanted to have a second venue of interest for this outing and Blue Horizon Nursery will more than fill the bill. Located about a 45-minute drive from Joan’s, this a bit-off-the-beaten-path plant destination will leave you absolutely plant drunk!
Blue Horizon Nursery
09721 59th Street Grand Junction, MI 49056. Hours: Wed – Sun 10 am till 6 pm
Saturday February 18, 2017;
Business Meeting, Talks 12:00-12:45 pm and 2:30-3:30 pm, and Membership pot-luck
at Matthaei Botanical Gardens auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI
Kenton J. Seth gave two fascinating (45-minute -- the first went rather longer to the audience's pleasure) talks. One on “Crevice Garden Construction” beginning followed by our membership’s pot-luck lunch, and the second presentation “Wildflowers of the Caucasuses”. Both lectures were well attended. In addition there was a demonstration of grafting (a peach on a cherry) by Andy Duval and an auction of some donated books and choice plants (particularly 2 Hamamelis in bloom from Duval).
Kenton Seth is a young native of Colorado. He is a plant nut and native plant hunter who has worked in public horticulture and nurseries. Kenton currently owns Paintbrush Gardens, a dual specialty landscape company which builds un-irrigated native landscapes and crevice gardens for public spaces. Kenton also documents his adventures on his blog “I Need A Cup of Tea”. In addition, you can look at a YouTube video from a crevice gardening workshop by Kenton at the J. C. Raulston Gardens in Raleigh NC
Photos: Rimmer de Vries
Tony Reznicek receives NARGS Edgar T. Wherry Award
Encomium: I would like to nominate Dr. Anton Reznicek for the Edgar T. Wherry Award.
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!