Norman Singer Endowment Fund

Applications for grants must be received by March 1, 2023. See application form below. Recipients will be announced at the annual meeting Nova Scotia.

Norman

About Our Fund

The NARGS Endowment Fund was set up in 1983 upon the recommendation of Norman Singer, the society’s secretary, and approved by the board in 1984. The interest accruing from the funds in the endowment was restricted to special projects, rather than operations of the society.  In 1992, the NARGS board adopted guidelines for use of the funds and a committee appointed to recommend grants.


Norman held various positions in NARGS including president (1992-1994), and he received numerous awards from the society, including the Award of Merit and the Marvin Black Award.


Norman served in the U.S. Army in World War II, assigned to Bletchley Park (U.K.) as a code breaker. He became a performing arts administrator in New York City, including Lincoln Center, and the Aspen (Colorado) Music Festival. He and his long-term partner, Geoffrey Charlesworth, whom he had met at Bletchley, retired to Sandisfield, Massachusetts, in 1981.


Norman died in 2001, age 80, and the endowment fund was renamed to honor his contributions to NARGS.

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Awarded

Year
Amount
Name

2022

$7,000.
Rancho Cistus Botanic Garden. Jeremy Schmidt (North Carolina), Sean Hogan (Oregon), Kenton Seth (Colorado), and Paul Spriggs (British Columbia) installed the first public crevice garden in Portland, Oregon in June 2022 during the annual meeting of the American Public Gardens Association, whose members will visit and see the installation.

2021

$4,000.
Kenton Seth/ Paul Spriggs : A book on crevice gardening in North America.
$5,000.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Mark Richardson) Study of rock gardens
$1,600.
Scraps-to-Soil Crevice Garden, Ursula Cruzalegui

2019

$10,000.
Juniper Level Botanic Garden
$1,000.
Evergreen Arboretum
$2,000.
Laurelwood Arboretum

2018

$1,100.
Green Spring Gardens, Fairfax County Park Foundation -Renovate degraded area of the existing rock garden by creating a new crevice garden area.
$1,400.
Jasper Johns: Goal is to elucidate the gene(s) responsible for adaptive alpine dwarfism in Aquilegia jonesii and to identify the genes responsible for growing it (soil drainage, composition, pH, watering and light schedules, etc.). This will contribute to the knowledge of how alpine plants grow in the wild but how they can be optimally cultivated in our homes

2017

$5,000
Juniper Level Botanic Garden (Raleigh, North Carolina) - construction of dry crevice and lime seep garden using concrete slabs to evaluate plants that normally die in southern U.S. gardens.
$2,500
Susann Nilsson (Mariannelund, Sweden) - field work on Pulsatilla in Asia and preparation of monograph.

2016

$5,000
Vojtech Holubec (Prague, Czech Republic) - printing book on flowers of the Tian Shan region of Asia.

2015

-

2014

$1,450
Dart’s Hill Garden, BC: To purchase plants for new tufa garden.
$1,450
Yampa River Botanic Park, CO: Purchase plants for new crevice garden and educational materials.

2013

$2,000
New England Wildflower Society. Funding to cover expenses associated with the recognition of the Trillium collections with the North American Plant Collections Consortium.
$2,000
Susann Nilsson, Amateur botanist with excellent references.  Funding required to cover travel and research in order to write a monograph on the Genus Pulsatilla.

2012

$2,500
JC Raulston Arboretum.
$2,000
Oregon State University Discovery Garden.

2011

$3,000
NARGS Seed Exchange for electronic seed ordering.
$1,500
Allegheny Chapter for installation of rock garden.
$1,500
The Iowa Arboretum for installation of alpine rock garden.

2010

$1,000
Alaska Rock Garden Society, Anchorage, AK- for planting a tufa bed in the Alaska Botanical Garden.
$1,500
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI - for renovation of existing alpine garden.
$3,500
The Fells, Newbury, NH- for continued renovation of the Clarence Hay Rock Garden.

2009

$6,000
Spring Creek Gardens in Ft. Collins, CO for starting the garden.

2008

$1,500
Oregon Shool for the Blind (Salem, OR) for building rock, bog and crevice gardens. ( Note: School closed summer 2009.)
$2,000
Spencer Crest Nature Center (Corning, NY), Bill Plummer, for buiding a rock garden.
$2,000
JC Raulston Arboretum -  Support of the scree rock garden and roof-top scree garden at NC State University, Raleigh.
$2,500
Berry Botanic Garden (Portland, OR), Kris Freitag, for rock garden renovation.

2007

$1,500
Dianne Reeck for a study of Erythronium revolutum.
$2,150
University of Newfoundland in St. John's for creation of a crevice garden.
$2,875
Toronto Botanical Garden for 3 permanent troughs.
$2,250
U. Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens for rebuilding Marie Azary Rock Garden.

2006

$3,500
The Fells, Newbury, NH - continuation of the rehabilitation of Clarence Hay Garden.
$1,500
University of Wisconsin (Madison), Allen Centennial Gardens for tufa bed.
$800
John Gyer - research on soil of root zone of sessile trillumns.
$4,000
Square Park, New York City - plant propagation.

2005

$2,875
Pacifica, Southern Oregon - construction of rock garden by Josef Halda.
$2,200
Rod Haenni - seed collecting trip to the Atlas Mountains.