Manhattan Content

About Us

THE MANHATTAN CHAPTER of the North American Rock Garden Society, founded in 1987, is a group of gardening enthusiasts who are dedicated to the propagation and promotion of an eclectic range of plants, with emphasis on alpine and rock gardening selections. Our Chapter Programs, designed for a sophisticated mix of professionals and amateurs, cover a broad spectrum of special interests such as rock and alpine, woodland, bog, raised bed, planted walls as well as trough and container gardening.


Meeting Site

The Manhattan Chapter of NARGS meets about eight times a year and frequently at the New York Botanical Garden's Midtown Education Center, 20 W. 44th Street, Room D - Quince, New York, NY 10036, between 5th and 6th Avenues. Meetings are generally from 6 to 8 pm on the second or third Monday of each month, excluding July and August. 



Annual dues for the Manhattan Chapter are $20 per year, check payable to Manhattan Chapter/NARGS, and mailed to:
    Gelene Scarborough
    103 West 105th Street #5B
    New York NY 10025
This entitles members to engage in all Chapter activities and receive five newsletters each year.

For additional information about joining the Chapter, send an e-Mail message to Gelene Scarborough


Past Events

Kirsten McCullin, Monday May 18, “Trilliums - Spring Emergence” - See more at:

Wendy Lingquist & Kate Jamison: "Making the Most of Gardening in Small Spaces"
Christine Datz-Romero, "Composting in NYC"
Lola Horwitz, "Senescent Beauty"

Ruth Clausen, "Appropriate and Essential Perennials for Rock Gardens"
Tri-State Meeting, October 11, 2015.  Peter Korn: "Rock Gardens" and "Woodland Gardens"
Marta McDowell, Monday September 21, 2015. "The Little Blue Bulbs"
North fork Garden Tours, Saturday 19, 2015
Somerset, NJ Garden Tours, June 14
Kirsten McCullin, Monday May 18, “Trilliums - Spring Emergence”

MCNARGS Annual Plant Sale, Saturday May 2, “Uncommon Plants for City Folk”
The 2nd Annual MCNARGS Pecha Kucha Night, Monday April 20
South Fork Garden and Museum Visit, Sunday March 29
Heather Liljengren, Monday March 23,  "NYC Natives: The Right Plants for the Right Urban Habitat"
Michael Jones & Lisabeth Willey, Monday February 23, "Amazing Alpine Communities of the Northeast"
Frances Palmer, Monday December 15 - Terra Cotta Inspired by the History of Gardens
Andrea Filippone, Monday, November 17th - "Ins/Outs of Boxwood in a Sustainable Landscape"
Mike Kintgen, Sunday October 26, 2014 - Tri-State Meeting
Patricia Highberg, Monday September 22, 2014 - A Vermont Garden

Field Trip: Anne Spiegel's Garden, Sunday, June 8, 2014
Field Trip: Paul Dambrosi's Garden, Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Monday May 19, 2014 - PechaKucha
Ben and Frances Burr, Monday April 21, 2014 - Midsummer East Side of the Sierra Nevada
Ernest Cavallo, Monday March 24, 2014 - Galanthophilia, A Good Kind of Love
Vincent Covello, Monday, February 24, 2014 - "Rocks in the Garden"
Charles Dean, Monday, January 27, 2014 - "Into the Garden with Skip"
Dennis Schrader, Monday, December 16, 2013 - "A Garden's Evolution:  From an Abandoned Farm Field to Shangri-La"
Andy Young, Monday, November 18, 2013 - "Cool & Unusual Plants for the Rock Garden"
Ian Young,  Sunday, October 26, 2013 - Tri-State Meeting: "Bulbs in the Garden" and "Nature, the Gardener's Tutor"
Joann Knapp, September 13, 2013  -  "Remembering Rock Gardens"
Field Trip, July 31, 2013 - "Field trip to the gardens of Silas Mountsier and Graeme Hardie"