Native New Mexican currently based in mid-Atlantic

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Native New Mexican currently based in mid-Atlantic

Hello everyone, 

I joined NARGS about a year ago and have attended a few meetings of the Delaware Valley Chapter. 

I recently returned from three months in the UK and France, where I volunteered at RBG Edinburgh and Lautaret Alpine Botanical Garden in the French alps. It was an amazing adventure, both to experience large rock and alpine collections and the culture of the countries, as this was my first visit to Europe! I kept a blog while I was traveling:

I was very fortunate to receive a grant from the SRGC's Diana Aitchison Fund to help support my experience. While I was in Scotland, I attended the SRGC's 80th birthday celebration. Seems like a great organization as well!

I'm from New Mexico, but have done most of my horticultural training in Pennsylvania. I graduated from Longwood Garden's Professional Gardener program last December. Though I have always been fond of plants from arid regions, the beauty and adaptations of alpine plants are also captivating! 

Currently I'm looking for a horticulturist position, ideally at a public garden. I would love to work with a rock garden or alpine plants, however I am also interested in gardens with a water conservation/sustainable gardening focus. I'm flexible as far as location. Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated!

I look forward to becoming more involved with NARGS!

All the best,


Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

Hi, Mariel!  What amazing experiences you've had to date!  I hope you find a position where you can put all of that to use.  Welcome to the site!

Lori Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3 -30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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Joined: 2009-09-21

Hello Mariel!

You are certainly building a good background for future employment.  Fun, educational and exciting all at the same time!

Welcome to the forum, and I hope you plan to stop in regularly,

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

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Joined: 2010-01-31

Hello Mariel,

How nice to read hear about your good experiences with the Scottish Rock Garden Club after our email exchanges previously.

We wish you success in the future.


The Diana Aitchison Fund  is a marvelous resource and enables the SRGC to offer help to many students of horticulture,  as you have found yourself with your grant towards your placement with the RBGE.

For others interested in the Grant Aid available from the Scottish Rock Garden Club - follow this link:


Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret) Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK Zone 8a

mtribby's picture
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Joined: 2012-08-15

Thank you all for your encouraging words!

Mariel Tribby

Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO


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Joined: 2011-02-03

Welcome, Mariel! Some great background you are getting already- sounds like you will be an asset wherever you find employment!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F;

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