Speakers Tours

2019 - 2020 Upcoming NARGS Speakers Tours



Northeastern Chapters Tour:  David Charlton

David Charlton has been a member of the Alpine Garden Society since 1986, Derby Local Group Annual Show Secretary since 1990, and Local Group Secretary since 2010. He is an occasional exhibitor at AGS shows and has managed over the years to accumulate a Gold Medal  and one bar. He is a solicitor and has worked as a part-time Consultant for an East Midlands law firm since retiring from a senior position in the Legal Department of Alliance Boots in Nottingham. Escape from full-time work has given him time to fulfill his love for wildlife and the natural environment. He is a Trustee of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and every summer leads mountain flower walks in the Dolomites for a specialist mountain holiday company (Collett's). He is co-author of Mountain Flowers the Dolomites (with Cliff Booker), a great guide to the flowers of those wonderful mountains.

David's lectures will be selected from the following:

  • Flowers of the Picos de Europa.  This is an unspoiled small mountain range on the north coast of Spain where the flowers of northern Europe meet those of the Mediterranean  The talk ends with an Orchid Extravaganza.
  • Flowers of the Pyrenees.  These mountains divide France and Spain and the north and south sides have a different climate and flora growing so close to each other.
  • Flowers of the Dolomites.  This mountain range in north Italy has been described as the world's most beautiful.  Superb flowers combined with interesting history.  I often combine a shorter version of this talk with a second half - how to grow these flowers in your own garden (in the UK that is) taking each habitat from meadow to woodland to high mountain pasture and scree.  This could be combined with either of the Spanish talks or be a free standing talk.
  • Mats, carpets and cushions in Svalbard and New Zealand.  We took two 'holidays of a lifetime' within the space of 5 months.  I compare and contrast the habitats in which similar plants grow at opposite ends of the globe and how that compares with the ways in which we try to cultivate them.

October 5, 2019, Berkshire Chapter, West Stockbridge, MA

October 6, 2019, Adirondack Chapter, Ithaca, NY

October 10, 2019, Fells Chapter, NH 

October 12, 2019, Curious Gardeners, Boston, MA

October 13, 2019, Tri-State Meeting, Bronx, NY

Contact your local NARGS chapter leaders for times of the events.


Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Tour:  Todd Boland

Thursday, March 19, 2020: arrive in Raleigh
Saturday, March 21, Piedmont chapter presentation, drive to DC area that afternoon
Sunday, March 22, Potomac chapter 
Monday, March 23, Four Seasons Garden Club
Saturday, March 28, Delaware Valley chapter(Philadelphia area)
Sunday, March 29, Allegheny chapter(Pittsburgh area)
Monday, March 30 depart from Pittsburgh
Contact your local NARGS chapter or club leaders for times of the events.
Northwest Chapters Tour:  Cliff Booker
May 2020 Schedule to be announced

Rosemary Monahan, Chair NARGS Traveling Speakers Program

Email: rosemonahan@comcast.net