Rock garden quarterly

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Foresight 2020: NARGS Annual General Meeting

THE ADIRONDACK CHAPTER invites you to attend NARGS’ Annual General Meeting whether you are a return attendee or are considering attending for the first time. We promise an action-packed few days that include visiting the Cornell Botanic Gardens and some very special private gardens. We are eager to...

Pre-Conference Garden Tour: Preview in Words and Pictures

I’ve tried to describe the three outstanding gardens featured in our pre-conference day trip. And where words may fail, the photos will serve to illustrate and hopefully pique your interest enough to join us on this bonus excursion on Thursday, June 18th.

Gardening with Glaciers

MARY AND I garden on the edge of a glacier-cut canyon that’s over a thousand feet (300 m) deep. Over the thousands of years since the last glacier retreated from upstate New York, the canyon has filled with sediment and a trillion gallons of water to form Cayuga Lake. Ithaca and Cornell University...

Geology of the Finger Lakes

THE 2020 NARGS Annual General Meeting will take place in Ithaca, which is at the head of Cayuga Lake, the second largest of New York’s Finger Lakes. The Finger Lakes are a group of 11 long, narrow lakes created by glaciation, and they are a geologically unique area. This area is also noted for...

Monitoring Alpine Plants in the High Peaks

NEW YORK STATE’S rarest ecosystem coexists with some of the greatest recreational opportunities in the state atop the Adirondack High Peaks. These peaks have been experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of hikers over the past seven years. Adirondack High Peaks summit stewards have been...

Adirondack Chapter Builds a Public Rock Garden

As I look upon our Adirondack Chapter’s public rock garden, the Al Wurster Memorial Rock Garden built in 2000 and 2001, I’m still in awe of this monumental project that we undertook 20 years ago. The garden continues to be a showpiece today. Based on our experience, I believe your chapter could...

Rock Gardening in a Sauna

TWO AND A half years ago, after a lifetime of gardening in the Great Lakes Region, I moved with my husband down to Williamsburg, Virginia. I went from Zone 5 to Zone 7, almost Zone 8. The average year down here has about three times as many days with highs over 90°F (32°C) as what I was used to in...

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Latest Plant of the Month

Iris graminea

Description and General Information:

Iris graminea is widespread across southern Europe east into the Caucasus region.  In the wild it grows in scrubby areas, meadows and gravelly areas.  Plants form tufts of narrow, shiny leaves 30-60 cm long.  The flower stems are generally shorter than the leaves so that the flowers are partly hidden.  Each flower stem produces one or two flowers.  Each blossom is 6-8 cm across and highly fragrant.  Flower colour varies from reddish-purple to...

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Linum elegans
Linum elegans
Iris reichenbachii
Iris reichenbachii
Iris reichenbachii
Iris reichenbachii
Crocus veluchensis
Crocus veluchensis
Anemone caucasica
Anemone caucasica
Rhododendron 'Wren'
Rhododendron 'Wren'
Rhododendron 'Wren'
Rhododendron 'Wren'
Clematis marmoraria
Clematis marmoraria
Polygala calcarea
Polygala calcarea
Narrow leaf segments of Delphinium qinghaiense; Calgary, AB.
Delphinium qinghaiense
Delphinium qinghaiense; Calgary, AB.
Delphinium qinghaiense
Delphinium beesianum; Calgary, AB.
Delphinium beesianum; Calgary, AB.
Delphinium vestitum; Calgary, AB.
Unusual rounded and hairy leaves of Delphinium vestitum.
Delphinium vestitum; Calgary, AB.
Unusual rounded and hairy leaves of Delphinium vestitum.
Delphinium vestitum
Aconitum sp. ex. DaXue Shan
Pulsatilla patens subsp. flavescens
Pulsatilla patens subsp. flavescens
Pulsatilla patens subsp. flavescens