I’ve BEEN A gardener my whole life, but only became interested in rock gardening after relocating from Connecticut, where it’s possible to grow a wide variety of alpines, to the challenging conditions of Raleigh, North Carolina. Here, summers are hot and humid and winters are mild, with little snow. In Raleigh, I began attending NARGS Piedmont Chapter meetings at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Then as now, Bobby Ward, our chapter’s Program Chair as well as NARGS Executive Secretary, was bringing the very best speakers on horticulture to our area. Hearing talks by Panayoti Kelaidis, Ian Young, Mike Kintgen, and others, I became more and more interested in rock gardening.