Our next meeting will be in person on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 10 am at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Our speaker will be Dr. Patrick McMillan of Juniper Level Botanic Garden, presenting a talk on Creating a Natural Community Garden with Southeastern Native Plants. The meeting will also be available online. 

Liatric spicata, photo by Patrick McMillan

Decades of experience documenting the composition and functioning of natural communities across the Southeast and around the globe combined with a passion for gardening, education, and conservation to create the massive Natural Heritage Garden at the South Carolina Botanical Garden. This garden started the journey I took into unraveling the importance of ecological function to garden health and supporting regional biodiversity. The results on the faunal diversity and support of ecological webs at the SCBG are dramatic. Join me as we take the journey together and see the dramatic difference planting spaces as “natural community gardens” has on life in your neighborhood. We will unravel some of the “mythology” surrounding “native” plants and delve into the impacts that planting in a model of ecological function has regardless of the origin of the plants you utilize in your own backyard paradise.


Chapter members are off on their travels this summer – send your photos of destinations near and far!

Spiraea splendens
Mount Baker, WA
photo: Cyndy Cromwell
Wave Hill
Bronx, NY
photo: David White

Wave Hill received the Francis Cabot Award this year. For more photos and a description of this garden, please see the Awards section of the NARGS Quarterly, Summer 2022.

Trillium erectum
Smoky Mountains National Park
photo: David White
Asclepias variegata
Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve
photo: David White
Palermo Botanic Garden
photo: Ann Swallow
View from hotel in Wengen on NARGS Swiss tour
photo: Amelia Lane
New crevice garden under construction by Sean Hogan, Jeremy Schmidt, Kenton Seth and Paul Spriggs
Cistus Nursery, Portland, Oregon
photo: Jeremy Schmidt
Lake Cayuga, taken during the NARGS AGM in Ithaca, NY
photo: Bobby Ward
Paul Spriggs and Kenton Seth selling out copies of their book, The Crevice Garden, NARGS AGM 2022
photo: Bobby Ward


Rain threatened, but save for a 5 minute drizzle, we had a beautiful day on Saturday, May 14 for a picnic at the home garden of Jim and Anita Hollister.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed touring the gardens, meeting Scout and spending a relaxing time together. Here are a few photos, lots more to come in the next Trillium newsletter. 

Our wonderful hosts
Photo by Sandy Harwood
Crevice garden detail            Photo by Bobby Ward
Richard and Amelia Lane, Bobby Ward and Suzanne Edney 
Photo by Nancy Doubrava
Photo by Anita Hollister

We really had a great time touring the Gardens and Caine Conservatory at High Point University with Patrick Moore and Jason Lattier on September 11. The weather, gardens and conservatory were all stunning – it was a great opportunity to see amazing plants in a beautiful setting.  Thanks to Patrick, Jason and High Point University for a fantastic day!

HPU Welcome Garden
The Caine Conservatory houses numerous aroid species from the collection of the late Alan Galloway
Typhonium trilobatum ‘Giant Form’ in bloom
from the Alan Galloway collection
Bobby Ward and Roy Dicks in the conservatory
The Welcome Garden
Chapter member Scott Zona presents a rare Aristolochia to Jason