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 have planned more great programs coming up—details will be in the Spring Newsletter. At present, 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 sites recently revised Gallery page.

Matthaei-Nichols Botanical Gardens and Arboretum closed 16 March 2020 for an indeterminate period. University of Michigan has closed most of its operations until at least April 21.

National Events

CANCELLED due to COV-ID 19

Friday – Sunday, June 18 – 20, 2020: NARGS ANNUAL MEETING
On the campus of Cornell University. See also the fall issue of the Rock Garden Quarterly (if you are a NARGS member).

Previous Events

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2020

CANCELLED due to COV-ID 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.

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!