Spring Meeting & Plant Sale Saturday, 14 May 2016
In Port Huron, MI. More details in Spring 2016 Newsletter.
Recent Local (reverse chronologically)
Thursday 7 May 2015 to Sunday 10 May 2015
NARGS AGM 2015 at Weber's in Ann Arbor
Saturday 24 January 2015
at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor.
This the traditional winter potluck with lunch. Members heard our own Jacques Thompson, speaking on Witches'-Brooms: From the Woods to the Garden
“Witches'-brooms” are naturally occurring mutations on tree branches, especially those of conifers, that show a congested or otherwise dwarfed growth and form one of the foundations of the dwarf conifer industry.
Jacques has searched extensively in Michigan and elsewhere for “Witches'-brooms,” and shared his adventures hunting them in the wild, as well as notes on propagating them and using Witches'-broom derived cultivars in the garden.
Saturday 20 September 2014
Fall Meeting & Plant Sale.
Saturday 10 May 2014
Spring Meeting & Plant Sale:
at Harry Elkins, Westchester Rd., Grosse Point Park
Harry's extraordinary small woodland garden in a charming neighborhood contains all sorts of usual plant material ranging from a giant Metasequoia, Cryptomerias and a Torreya taxifolia to many interesting spring ephemerals collected over many decades of gardening. It was a lovely day and we had a good plant sale and preceding auction.
See also the Plant Sale insert.
Saturday 22 Feb 2014
at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor.
This was the traditional meeting with two talks bracketing lunch. Over 40 members attended and heard two fascinating talks.
Louis Jordaan from South Africa spoke. Louis is a nature guide and environmental educator who runs an ecotourism enterprise and nature school, Minwater Eco Adventures, at Minwater ("Little Water"), a farm in the district of Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo ("Little Karoo"), in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. We are profiting from his longer visit with the Ontario Rock Garden & Hardy Plant Society.
The two programs were:
11:00 AM: South Africa: A Diverse Natural Environment
This explored the seven biomes of South Africa with the emphasis on plant diversity, ecology, and scenery including especially the Klein Karoo in the Western Cape Province. where he lives and several of the biomes collide.
12:30 PM Catered Lunch was much appreciated.
1:30 PM: Nature Pictures That Tell Stories
This presentation highlighted interesting facts and stories, with an ecological moral usually regarding South African plants, and the interaction between plants and other creatures.
Later Louis continued his presentations more informally: he took supper with a number of members who were able to find more time at Asia City biffet and then showed even more of his many slides at a home. He is a fountain of knowledge that he is well able to present understandably.
Saturday 18 Jan 2014
Monday 4 Jan 2014
2pm at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, Niles, MI
Panayoti Kelaidis, Curator of Plant Collections at the Denver Botanic Gardens, designer of its Rock Alpine Garden, one of the best collections of alpine plants in North America, presenting a lively lecture on rock garden plants, plant exploration, and great gardens of the world. $25 (Special: Steve Bornell, manager of plant collections at Fernwood, invited Rock Garden Society members free to this event.)
- Monday 28 Oct 2013
Ian Young talked on High Rise and Time Share
7:30pm–9:30pm at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor. [A special event arranged in cooperation with the Ontario Chapter.]
- Saturday 21 Sep 2013
Fall plant sale at Patrick & Bonnie Ion's, 1456 Kensington Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48178-4817. [September Plant Sale]
- Saturday 11 May 2013
Spring garden tour and plant sale
at Duvall Nursery, 9950 N Dixboro Rd, South Lyon, MI 48178-4817. [May Plant Sale]
- Saturday 16 March 2013
Peter George [NARGS president] gave his talk Evolution of My Gardens Or How My Gardens Prove that there is No Such Thing as Intelligent Design.
at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor. He followed it with general question and answer session about NRGS and its present role. Before lunch there was a fascinating visit to the University of Michigan Herbarium led by its Director, Tony Reznicek. The UM Herbarium has specimens from many plant collectors famous to rock gardeners, such as Farrer, Rock, Wilson, Kingdon Ward and others. [Photo by Rimmer De Vries]
- Saturday 19 January 2013
Annual winter meeting and potluck lunch at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor 12:00 noon; program at 1:30pm was several presentations by local members: Don LaFond, Tony Reznicek, Rimmer DeVries, Mike Greanya. [We hope to link to some slides from this.] Many benefitted by taking advantage of the distribution of Chadwell seeds.
- Saturday 10 November 2012
Rex Murfitt spoke on Garden Plants for Eastern North America, with an Emphasis on Saxifrages
at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor [Map].
- Saturday 15 September 2012
Fall Garden Tour & Plant Sale
At Clarence Owen's, 3390 Allston Drive, Jackson, MI 49201.
- Saturday 12 May 2012
Spring Meeting & Plant Sale
At Don LaFond's, 11836 McGregor Road, Pinckney MI.
- Sunday 22 April 2012
Fritz Kummert spoke on Searching for Plants in Albania
and Our New Alpine House & Crevice Garden.
Hamburg Senior Center, Hamburg MI [Map] 10:30—15:00.
- 1:30-3:00 pm, Saturday 21 January 2012 at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor.
Don Wild spoke on Dwarf conifers for the Rock Garden.
- 1:30-3:00 pm, Saturday 22 October 2011 at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor
Tony Reznicek spoke on Alaska Alpines: from Sea Level to the Mountain Peaks.
Slides of the talk as PDF [Big - 133.9 MB] [© Copyright Tony Reznicek 2011]
Slides of the talk as HTML [smaller but still slow] [© Copyright Tony Reznicek 2011]
Slides as an HTML list [yet smaller but clunky] [© Copyright Tony Reznicek 2011]