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
Ross Bayton
Heronswood is not known for rock gardening. This 15-acre botanical garden on the Kitsap Peninsula in western Washington State is more often associated with the activities of its founder, the plantsman Dan Hinkley, and the far-flung plant menagerie he built through numerous expeditions around the world. Much of the Heronswood campus is covered in a native tree canopy – Douglas fir, grand fir, western red cedar, and hemlock – creating a cool, shady environment in...
Panayoti Kelaidis
I’d never thought I’d ever go to Sikkim. I knew that to access the alpine zone in Nepal entails arduous trekking, and Bhutan bans all manner of motorized transport. I’d imagined that Sikkim would be...
Joseph Tychonievich
Two years ago, my husband and I moved from hot, humid, Williamsburg, Virginia, to snowy South Bend, Indiana. South Bend sits at the edge of USDA hardiness Zones 5 and 6 (meaning most winters...
Elin Johnson
Don and Sue Williams’ garden is located on a high bluff overlooking the Tennessee River. The property had been a rock quarry at one time, and there were many large limestone rocks visible in this...

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A Plant-Hunter in Afghanistan, The Story of an Expedition by Christopher Grey-Wilson.
A Plant-Hunter in Afghanistan, The Story of an Expedition by Christopher Grey-Wilson. Redgrave, Suffolk: The Charlotte-Louise Press, 2019. 272 pp. Would you believe me if I said that two British scientists from Kew were in Afghanistan


Penstemon serrulatus
Penstemon serrulatus
Description and General Information: Known as the Cascade penstemon or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus is native to the Pacific Northwest, from Oregon to Alaska.


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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