NARGS Election of Three Board Members (2020)

NARGS 2020 Election of Three Board Members

From-the-Floor Nominations (Part 1)

The names of those proposed by the Nominating Committee are listed below in Part 2There is now the opportunity for members to nominate FROM THE FLOOR no later than January 31, 2020. The combined list of candidates will be published on the NARGS website by April 1 and in the spring 2020 Quarterly (dispatched in March 2020). Online election will be held April 20 to May 3, 2020.  All active members will be mailed a link shortly before the election opens.  Your email address will admit you.  If you are a member and have never verified your email address, please do so as soon as possible.  You may contact Bobby Ward ( for help.  The website will have a notice when voting begins, as well as a copy of the voting-site link on the News page.

 A from-the-floor nomination for any post may be emailed to  Marianne Kuchel,  Nominating Committee Chair:

 It may also be mailed and received no later than January 31, 2020 to:

 Marianne Kuchel

1815 Blood Brook Rd

Fairlee, VT 05045-9817

 The Nomination must include:

 1. Name , chapter (if applicable), email address, and  position for which each person is nominated. (The nominee must be a member of NARGS).    

                       2.  Bio of the nominee (100 words or less, written by  nominee)

                      3.  Picture of nominee (shoulder length)

                       4. Note of acceptance from (new) nominee indicating a  willingness to be NARGS Director (three-year  term).

All nominations and required nominee information must be received by January 31, 2020.   


NARGS 2020 Nominations for On-Line Election for Three Members of the Board of Directors:  April 20 – May 3, 2020.  (Part 2)

 The three listed below are proposed by the NARGS Nominating Committee, consisting of Marianne Kuchel, chair; Mike Bone, Judith Brown, Thelma Hewitt, Brendan Kenney, Jane McGary, Sarah Strickler, and Bobby Ward


Ed Glover:  I have been a member of NARGS and the Wisconsin-Illinois Chapter for about 35 years. After my first visit to the Rocky Mountains, I was entranced by the alpine plants I saw there and was thrilled to find a group of gardeners whose focus was growing such plants. I have served as Chapter Chair several times and was on the NARGS Board from 2000-2003. In 2003-2004 I served as vice-president of NARGS. For the past 16 years I have managed the rock garden in the Allen Centennial Garden at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and we are proud to have received the Francis Cabot Public Rock Garden Award from NARGS in 2019. I am willing to serve on the NARGS board.



Susan E. Schnare: I live and garden on my family farmstead in rural central New Hampshire, where my interests are generally in plants, animals, and architecture. I have particularly warm spots for primroses, collies, and old houses and gardens. For about 20 years I ran Mountain Brook Primroses, a tiny primrose nursery in my garden and unheated greenhouse.  After a lifetime of growing plants, I studied Plant Science at the University of New Hampshire and then at University of Connecticut, where I specialized in landscape history. After working as a gardener, designer, and consultant, I enjoyed a six-year idyll studying at the University of York (U.K.) and visiting gardens throughout Europe. My doctoral dissertation, "Sojourns in Nature: the origins of the British rock garden," resulted in work with English Heritage and the Chelsea Physic Garden. My work and studies in landscape history and on the history and conservation of rock gardens led to numerous presentations and articles, and a continuing fascination with the early botanists. I am a member of the Fells Chapter of NARGS and would be honored to be a board member.


John Willis: Although I have always been interested in various aspects of horticulture, it was not until I retired from my physicist day job, that I began to explore more esoteric aspects of gardening, including rock gardening.  I’m particularly intrigued by the challenge of persuading alpines that my Maryland hillside is an acceptable place to flourish.  I’ve been a NARGS member for ten years now and a member of the Potomac Valley Chapter. I find the seed exchange, travel programs, speakers, and the Quarterly immensely rewarding.  I’ve obtained seeds and bulbs from all over the world and I’ve shared my experience in growing them with many online postings. I would welcome the opportunity to work on resolving the issues that NARGS faces now and going into the future.