NARGS Traveling Speakers Tours

2023 and Early 2024 NARGS Speakers Tours

August 2023 Update

With continuing support from our generous donor, the Regional Coordinators of the NARGS Traveling Speakers Program have planned an exciting lineup for fall 2023 and spring 2024. Speaking engagements  include:


Northeast Region

Jim Jermyn, Horticultural Consultant, Scotland, UK

  • Saturday, September 30, Ithaca, NY.  Adirondack Chapter.
  • Thursday, October 5, Newbury, NH.  Fells Chapter.
  • Saturday, October 7. Littleton, MA.  New England Chapter.
  • Saturday, October 14, West Stockbridge, MA.  Berkshire Chapter.
  • Sunday, October 15, Tri-State Meeting.


Western Region

Jenny Wainwright-Kline, supervisor of the alpine propagation unit and of the Alpine Garden at Schachen Mountain, part of the Munich Botanic Garden.

  • Tuesday, September 26.  San Francisco, CA.  Western Chapter.
  • Thursday, September 28.   Sonora, CA.  Sierra Chapter.
  • Tuesday, October 3.  Durango, CO. 
  • Thursday, October 5. Vail, CO. Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.
  • Saturday, October 7.  Denver, CO.  Rocky Mountain Chapter.


Eastern and Central Canada

Oron Peri, owner of ‘Seeds of Peace,’ an Israeli nursery specializing in bulbous plants and author of “Bulbs of the Eastern Mediterranean.” 

  • Thursday, November 2. St. John’s, Newfoundland.  Newfoundland Chapter
  • Saturday, November 4. Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Nova Scotia Chapter
  • Sunday, November 5.  Montreal, Quebec.  Quebec Alpine & Rock Garden Society
  • Monday, November 6. Victoria, British Columbia. Vancouver Island Rock & Alpine Garden Society
  • Wednesday, November 8.  Vancouver, British Columbia. Alpine Garden Club of British Columbia
  • Thursday, November 9.  Calgary, Alberta.  Calgary Rock & Alpine Garden Society
  • Saturday, November 11. Ottawa, Ontario. Ottawa Valley Rock Garden & Horticultural Society
  • Sunday, November 12. Toronto, Ontario. Ontario Rock Garden & Hardy Plant Society


Southeast and Mid-Atlantic

Paul Spriggs, rock gardener, crevice garden builder, and co-author of The Crevice Garden with Kenton Seth

  • Saturday, March 16, 2024.  Raleigh, NC.  Piedmont Chapter.  A Grand Tour: Experiencing the Rock Gardens of the Czech Republic
  • Sunday, March 17, 2024.  Potomac, MD.  Potomac Valley Chapter,
  • Monday, March 18, 2024.  New York City.  Manhattan Chapter,
  • Saturday, March 23, 2024.  Philadelphia, PA.  Delaware Valley Chapter,
  • Sunday, March 24, 2024.  Pittsburgh, PA.  Allegheny Chapter,


Overall Chair of NARGS Traveling Speakers Program:

Rosemary Monahan, New England Chapter

Regional Chairs:

  • Northeast: Elisabeth Zander, Berkshire Chapter
  • Southeast/Mid-Atlantic: Cyndy Cromwell, Piedmont Chapter
  • Midwest/Central: Bonnie Ion, Great Lakes Chapter
  • West: Panayoti Kelaidis and Steve Aegerter, Rocky Mountain Chapter
  • Pacific Northwest: Claire Cockcroft and Christine Ebrahimi, Columbia-Willamette and Northwestern Chapters
  • Eastern and Central Canada: Bella Seiden and Barbara Cooper, Ontario Rock Garden & Hardy Plant Society

Contact the listed NARGS chapter or sponsoring organization for times and locations of these presentations.  Information about Traveling Speakers also will be posted on the NARGS webpage as well as in this Bulletin Board as plans are finalized.

 Rosemary Monahan, Chair  Speakers Tour

To contact Rosemary, click the "Contact Us," next to the "Log in" button and type “Speakers Tour” in the subject line.