Speakers Tours

2023 Upcoming NARGS Speakers Tours

With continuing support from our generous donor, the Regional Coordinators of the NARGS Traveling Speakers Program have planned an exciting lineup for 2023.  Some plans are still in development, so please check the NARGS website for updates and for details.   Speaking engagements in 2023 so far include:


Southeast/Mid-Atlantic Region


Todd Boland, Research Horticulturist at Memorial University of Newfoundland

  • Saturday, March 18, Raleigh, NC.  Piedmont Chapter.  Spring Alpines of the Spanish Aragonian Pyrenees
  • Sunday, March 19, Alexandria, VA.  Potomac Valley Chapter. Spring Wildflowers of Utah’s Mighty Five Great Parks
  • Wednesday, March 22, Wheaton, MD.  Four Seasons Garden Club. Gardening for Acidic Soil
  • Saturday, March 25, Chestnut Hill, PA.  Delaware Valley Chapter. Spring Wildflowers of Utah’s Mighty Five Great Parks
  • Sunday, March 26, Pittsburgh, PA.  Allegheny Chapter.  Spring Wildflowers of Utah’s Mighty Five Great Parks

Midwest Region and Eastern Canada

Ian and Carole Bainbridge, Scottish Rock Garden Club

  • Thursday, March 30, Madison, WI.  Wisconsin-Illinois Chapter.
  • Sunday, April 2, Roseville, MN.  Minnesota Chapter.  Modern European Rock Gardening
  • Saturday, April 8, Ann Arbor, MI.  Great Lakes Chapter.  World of Bulbs and A Garden from Scratch
  • Saturday, April 15, Ottawa, ON.   Ottawa Valley Rock Garden & Horticultural Society
  • Sunday, April 16, Toronto, ON.  Ontario Rock Garden & Hardy Plant Society. A Garden from Scratch: Development of our Galloway Garden Since 2010

Pacific Northwest Region

David Charlton, co-author with Cliff Booker of “Mountain Flowers – the Dolomites” and “Mountain Flowers – Pyrenees & Picos”

  • Thursday, June 8, Bellevue, WA.  Northwestern Chapter of NARGS.
  • Tuesday, June 13, Victoria, BC.  Vancouver Island Rock & Alpine Garden Society.
  • Wednesday, June 14, Vancouver, BC.  Alpine Garden Club of British Columbia.
  • Saturday, June 17, Anchorage, AK.  Alaska Rock Garden Society of NARGS.
  • Tuesday, June 20, Portland, OR. Columbia-Willamette Chapter of NARGS.
  • Thursday, June 22, Medford, OR.  Siskiyou, Chapter of NARGS.

Northeast Region

Gerard van Buiten, Manager of Utrecht Botanical Gardens, Netherlands

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

Western Region

Plans are in the works for a fall tour by Jenny Wainwright-Kline, supervisor of the alpine propagation unit and of the Alpine Garden at Schachen Mountain, part of the Munich Botanic Garden.

Overall Chair

  • 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 Aegeter, Rocky Mountain Chapter
  • Pacific Northwest: Claire Cockroft 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

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