NARGS Home - Quarterlies and Bulletins

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Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14
NARGS Home - Quarterlies and Bulletins

With so much focus on issues around NARGS Forum functionality, as there needs to be, I'd like to point out one of the real achievements in the NARGS online presence, that is the scanning and posting of all ARGS / NARGS bulletins and quarterlies from 1938 to present day.  Go to the NARGS Home page, you can't miss it.  The current three years of NARGS Quarterlies are available to members-only, all other quarterlies and bulletins are available free online.

 

So, I started with the Bulletin of the American Rock Garden Society, Vol.1, No1, Jan-Feb 1943, fascinating, lots of good information.  When reading some of the articles, I'm struck but the number and variety of fine plants mentioned.  I also wonder about named cultivars and selected forms of plants, what ever became of them through the years.

 

A dwarf form (a micro-dwarf form, relatively speaking) of Magnolia virginiana is shown and discussed, I would love to have such a creature in my garden. Visiting the botanic display beds at Smith College in Central Massachusetts last weekend, the beautiful fragrant blooms of our native Sweetbay Magnolia were present, but one needs room when growing Magnolia, wouldn't a truly dwarf form be a treat for the garden, wonder if such a form still exists.

And then three cultivars of Iris verna are discussed, where are they now? Here's a B&W photo Iris verna 'Vernal Snow' and the text describing it and two other named forms.

  

 

And there is fun stuff to see, such as the nursery listings.  Here's one (on the left) that gives some prices, what a different word it was back then.  On the right is an custom binding offering, bind 2 years of bulletins for $1  :-)

  

 

There's a wealth of history and information in these bulletins and Quarterlies, previously locked up, now unleashed for all to enjoy. Congratulations to all those involved for accomplishing this task.

Longma
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Joined: 2012-11-19

What an amazing resource. I'd like to add my thanks to those involved, for what must have been many months, if not years work. Invaluable.

53.69° N, Dedicated to West Coast Fritillaria, plus three other members of the subgenus Liliorhiza. I grow other Genera, as time permits !

IMYoung
Title: Member
Joined: 2010-01-31

You are right to bring attention to this marvelous  innovation in the NARGS site, Mark .

It is quite some years ago now that the SRGC  provided all our  Journals to that time (Issue 13) on a CD for members and these have been  freely available online on the SRGC Site for quite some time now - and have proved a popular resource. Now all SRGC Journals are available online -  only the most recent are restricted to  holders of an  Electronic Subscription  but the others are there for all to consult.
 

This type of information sharing online can only be helpful.

Congratulations to  NARGS on this advance.

 

Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

www.srgc.net

RickR
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-09-21

Even for those of us who have extensive libraries of past NARGS publications, we are always missing a few in the line up.  (And why is it that it is usually that missing one we want to look back on?)  The archive is truly invaluable. 

Whom do we have to thank for this?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Ben Burr
Title: Admin
Joined: 2010-12-18

Thanks for drawing attention to this remarkable, new resource, Mark.

I am currently working on a new version of the index which should take the reader directly to the issue in which an item appears.  We hope to have this posted shortly.

 

Ben

Ben Burr

Longma
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Joined: 2012-11-19

A interactive index, to issue level , ( if I've understood correctly?).  WOW!, now that is innovative, and for us 'newbies' amazingly useful.

Obviously a huge amount of work involved? Looking forward to seeing, and using,  the results of your work Ben. Thank you.

53.69° N, Dedicated to West Coast Fritillaria, plus three other members of the subgenus Liliorhiza. I grow other Genera, as time permits !

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