Our next meeting will be in person on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 10 am at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Our speaker will be Jeremy Schmidt of Juniper Level Botanic Garden, presenting a talk on Installing a Crevice Garden in Portland, Oregon. The meeting will also be available online.  

Three Musketeers of Crevice Gardening
Kenton Seth, Paul Spriggs and Jeremy Schmidt

Jeremy, Kenton Seth and Paul Spriggs installed the first crevice rock garden in Portland, Oregon this past June. The project, funded by the North American Rock Garden Society and private donors, was installed at Rancho Cistus Botanic Garden as a demonstration garden to coincide with the annual meeting of the American Public Gardens Association. Jeremy, who organized and coordinated the project, will describe the idea behind the project, organizing the team, selecting and installing stone and plants, as well as the response from the APGA members.


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