Interested in more than just everyday plants?
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Our members care about studying, conserving, and cultivating some of our planet's most interesting plants, many of which are only found in our most at-risk environments. We focus on plants from many ecosystems, ranging from those found on high alpine peaks down to bogs, woodlands, and deserts.


Selected Articles From Our Quarterly Publications
Excitement builds every winter as I plan my annual natural history foray to a part of the county where I’ve never been before. This terra incognita of mine gradually fills in as I delve into plant notes that I’ve accumulated over the decades along with the wealth of online photos and information (usually accurate but often wanting) about the region’s vegetation, geology, and climate.
The Alps consist of different rocks. The south, north, and western Alps are calcareous, while the central Alps are acidic rock. From a botanical point of view, the northern Limestone Alps, located...
This past November, NARGS received a donation from the North American Heather Society. While it was unexpected and much appreciated, its reason was rather sad: it was due to the dissolution of the...
Introduction I can’t speak for others, but I’ve had a lifetime of grappling emotionally and intellectually with the Victorian era, and have had to personally confront my inner Victorian in recent...

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Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest
Wildflowwrs of the Pacific Northwrst
Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest by Mark Turner and Phyllis Gustafson by Mark Turner and Phyllis Gustafson Portland: Timber Press, 2006. $29.95 list, $18.99 Amazon Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest is a Timber Press Field Guide


Saxifraga oppositifolia
Saxifraga oppositifolia
Description and General Information: Purple mountain saxifrage, S. oppositifolia, has a holarctic distribution, found on high-alpine mountaintops as well as the high Arctic tundra.


NARGS connects like-minded people in many ways, from our publications to exclusive events, local and national meetings, and workshops where you can learn how to cultivate these plants in unique gardens, containers and how to propagate them. NARGS lectures bring many of the world's leading botanical specialists to our members and our annual seed exchange is world renown. NARGS Tours offers extraordinary opportunities for botanizing trips lead by expert guides bringing our members face to face with the world's rarest flora and the most exotic of cultures. Our exploration and study trips have opened doors to hard-to-access botanical hotspots such as Western China, the Himalaya, and the Patagonian Andes.

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Report on Norman Singer Grant 2022
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Anarthrophyllum desideratum
Crevice Garden Review
Crevice Garden Review

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