Interested in more than just everyday plants?
Then NARGS is for you.

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
David Pulman, Jeremy Schmidt
David As my wife Clare and I were having COVID-19 catalyzed discussions about whether it made sense for us to leave North Carolina and relocate nearer to family, the subject of the garden was raised. Our Chapel Hill garden, which had undergone a five-year makeover, including the addition of two crevice gardens, was our place, important to us. A place to do satisfying work and a wonderful environment to relax and enjoy ourselves. A decision of family vs. garden didn...
Joseph Tychonievich, Ernie DeMarie
What is your background in horticulture? I have been into growing plants since I remember. I am told I followed my great-grandmother in Bluefield, West Virginia (where I was born) around her garden...
Wiert Nieuman
For a plant lover, a walk in a nature reserve is, first of all, a search for unusual plants. The Nockberge Mountains in the state of Carinthia in Austria are an ideal destination for that.
Panayoti Kelaidis
Patagonia evokes the sense of the remote to most of us in the Northern Hemisphere—the seeming ends of the earth. In this strange era of COVID-19, Argentina turned out to be a fantastic destination for...

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A Rock Garden in the South
A Rock Garden in the South
A Rock Garden in the South by Elizabeth Lawrence, edited by Nancy Goodwin and Allen Lacy. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1990. 240 pp. $39.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback. A Rock Garden in the South is not a new title and was edited


Cyclamen coum
Cyclamen coum
Cyclamen coum Description and General Information: Among the many species of Cyclamen, this species has relatively small tubers.  The foliage emerges in autumn and remains evergreen through


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
2022 NS Grant
Crevice Gardening (N.Y. Times)
Crevice garden at Juniper Level Botanic Garden in North Carolina.
Traveling Speakers Program 2022 - 2023
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Anarthrophyllum desideratum
Crevice Garden Review
Crevice Garden Review

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