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NARGS ROCKS: Troughs Coast to Coast: a follow-up

Submitted by IMYoung on Sun, 11/15/2020 - 08:24
NARGS ROCKS: Troughs Coast to Coast: Celebrating Gardens with Rock Plants in Containers, a Virtual Study Day. The North American Rock Garden Society [NARGS] will present Troughs Coast to Coast: Celebrating Gardens with Rock Plants in Containers, a virtual International Study Day, on November 14th A pleasant evening spent in the company of over 240 plant lovers!

Polygala Calcarea Lillet

Submitted by Shepard on Tue, 09/08/2020 - 09:53
Does anybody have this plant for sale in Canada or U.S.? We have been so hot here in California, that, I have lost a lot of alpines. This was especially sad, because, it was sent to me by Tony Hale, and he had to really search this out to sent a suitable plant. I did have cuttings, but, the heat this summer was really bad, I had to keep this moist, and, I suspect its demise was that it was too moist and rotted. Any and all help would be appreciated. I have tried to grow this seed, and, have been unsuccessful. Thank you, Cecile

International Rock Garden Conference 2021

Submitted by IMYoung on Mon, 02/10/2020 - 05:30

An International Rock Garden Conference takes place every 10 years. The 9th conference will be held in Perth, Scotland, starting on Friday 7 May and finishing on Tuesday 11 May 2021.

The Venue for the conference is the prestigious Perth Concert Hall.  Further details can be found on the Perth Concert Hall website

Gardening books and SRGC Journals available in Bellevue, WA, USA.

Submitted by IMYoung on Wed, 12/05/2018 - 14:05

Bev Miller, in Bellevue WA, USA  has been in touch with me to see if any SRGC  Member  is interested in  collecting  some/all of the collection of  books  on gardening  and plants and  SRGC journals  she has had  for some years, after  clearing a house. I have posted this message in the  SRGC Forum, but it  seemed to me that NARGS members might also be interested and  Bev has given me her permission to post this here, too.

Seedex AGS

Submitted by Whyer on Wed, 11/28/2018 - 03:35

Nargs members who are also AGS members; I know there are a lot of us ;-) May like to know that the current AGS seedex is live now on the new AGS website. It had a hiccup on the first live day  but like the previous version it saves your selections as you go along and you loose nothing, if you have a break yourself or something else does it for you. Just go back where you left off and carry on.

Bulb Log Diary on SRGC website

Submitted by IMYoung on Thu, 05/17/2018 - 11:13

In 2003 Ian Young began to write a weekly diary for the  SRGC website  to share his experiences  with growing bulbs and  the continuing story of our garden.  Some years later, he has just published  the 800th Bulb Log Diary. All these are available  free on the  SRGC website.  Many will be aware of the  SRGC  aim of sharing information and encouraging  interest in  alpine, woodland plants and bulbs  as freely as possible, as with the  International Rock Gardener e-magazine and much more on the SRGC Site. 

Paronychia kapela in eastern US?

Submitted by Novak on Wed, 01/31/2018 - 19:41

Hi all,

Has anyone in eastern US (or similar climates) grown Paronychia kapela? I have fond memories of seeing this plant in the Apennines, and the variety 'Binstead Gold' looks so tempting in the Edelweiss Perennials catalog. But I haven't ever seen it in gardens in my region, so I'm wondering whether it is growable here.

Thanks for any info!


Plants good for growing in tufa

Submitted by Leonard Lehman on Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:18


Len Lehman Here

1. Does anyone have any suggestions as to some specific shade loving alpines that would be good to grow in shadw. We have a beautiful pot with a nice tufa stone in at our Nation aviary rock garden. Because it is in shade , we have had difficulty in growing things on it(semps, ferns(roots to big), saxifrages(too shady). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks


2.Any suggestions for good fall blooming alpines for garden (we have several reblooming iris and