Hello from Utah

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Delta88
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Hello from Utah

Hello everyone,

My name is Ken and I recently purchased a home in Layton, Utah which happen to include a large rock garden in the back yard. I've been retired from active duty Air Force for about a year now, so I find I have a lot more time to spend in the garden and it's my hope that I can learn more about rock gardens and enhance the beauty of mine.

Mary Nagel Klein
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Hi Ken,

Thank you for your service - and welcome to rock gardening!

I'm new here too - and am trying to glean as much information as I can so I can establish some alpine gardens here in Tahoe. There is a mountain of information on this site dating back to the forties. I've just begun to scratch the surface but am enjoying it immensely! Other things I've done: ordered a botanical reference on my area (A Flora of the Tahoe Basin and Neighboring Areas), joined the Nevada Native Plant Society, and ordered seeds from Dianeseeds.com (which I plan to sow this coming January in cloches on the south side of my house.)

Your gardens look lovely now - and I'm sure over time you'll continue to make them even more beautiful.

Wishing you the best on your new venture,
Mary in Tahoe

The Lake Tahoe Basin - Incline Village, Nevada - Zone 6b

Delta88
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Hi Mary and thanks for the kind greeting! I was looking at the introduction threads and they seem quite neglected. I guess most folks use Facebook now.

And thanks for the wonderful tips on how to learn more, like the botanical reference guide, joining a local group, and the seed website. I'm really looking forward to learning all I can. I just planted some Milkweed and moved one of my English Lavender's that wasn't getting quite enough sun. Hopefully they'll make it through the winter.

Well, good luck with your gardening and hopefully you're far from the fire danger!

~ Ken

RickR
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Welcome Ken and Mary!
I wish you both well with your gardening endeavors. My Minnesota climate is so different from yours, and while you are getting hotter and drier due to climate change, I am getting hotter, more humid and wetter. How I miss the winters that got cold and stayed frozen until spring! We all have challenges, don't we!

I am one of the original moderators of this forum from its start in 2010. We used a different forum format at that time that wasn't so antiquated and was much more user friendly. Many years in, NARGS decided to drastically change the website workings to meet its needs, but unfortunately that meant our beloved forum had to be nixed and replaced with this clunky one. Still usable, obviously, but most everyone migrated to FB. Do check out NARGS there.

Rick

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

HeLP
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Hello Mary and Ken, seems no one uses this forum these days but if you want a bit more lively and interesting forum go to the srgc (Scottish Rock Garden Club) for more regularly postings on rock gardening. I hope you will join NARGS if for no other reason than the seed exchange and perhaps make a few contacts in your area or anywhere around the world. Having recently (4 years ago) retired to Maine I am also facing new challenges in my gardening endeavors.
Welcome!

Harold Peachey USDA Z5, Lamoine, ME

Mary Nagel Klein
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[quote=RickR]Welcome Ken and Mary!
I wish you both well with your gardening endeavors. My Minnesota climate is so different from yours, and while you are getting hotter and drier due to climate change, I am getting hotter, more humid and wetter. How I miss the winters that got cold and stayed frozen until spring! We all have challenges, don't we!

I am one of the original moderators of this forum from its start in 2010. We used a different forum format at that time that wasn't so antiquated and was much more user friendly. Many years in, NARGS decided to drastically change the website workings to meet its needs, but unfortunately that meant our beloved forum had to be nixed and replaced with this clunky one. Still usable, obviously, but most everyone migrated to FB. Do check out NARGS there.

Rick[/quote]
Thank you for the warm welcome, Rick! Where in Minnesota do you live? We recently relocated (3 months ago) out to Tahoe from Minnetonka. We had been there for 22 years - on Oakways Court just west of Ridgedale. I miss my gardens there but I'm also very excited to learn about Alpine living here up at 6,600 ft and zone 6b.

I'll check out Facebook too - thanks for the tip. I might post about my plans to "winter sow" some Alpine seeds that I ordered from Dianeseeds.com - would love to hear anyone's input on doing that.

Mary

The Lake Tahoe Basin - Incline Village, Nevada - Zone 6b

Mary Nagel Klein
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[quote=HeLP]Hello Mary and Ken, seems no one uses this forum these days but if you want a bit more lively and interesting forum go to the srgc (Scottish Rock Garden Club) for more regularly postings on rock gardening. I hope you will join NARGS if for no other reason than the seed exchange and perhaps make a few contacts in your area or anywhere around the world. Having recently (4 years ago) retired to Maine I am also facing new challenges in my gardening endeavors.
Welcome![/quote]
Thank you, Harold!

I've seen other references to SRGC here - I'll go check them out too.

I've already joined and have received two of the quarterly publications so far - very glad to be a member! I do hope I hear from someone nearby. But in the meantime, I'll read about the seed exchange and get my beds ready here for both "winter sowing" and for my first rock garden that I hope to add plants to next spring.

Thanks again,
Mary

The Lake Tahoe Basin - Incline Village, Nevada - Zone 6b

RickR
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Since I bought my house in 1991, I live and garden in St. Bonifacius, just west of Lake Minnetonka at the Hennepin/McCleod County borders. Grew up in Eagan. I also belong to the SRGC, and am active on their forum. FB and the SRGC are different flavors. Check them both out.

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

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