Update! 2020 Seed lists now available online:

On December 9 and 10, Piedmont Chapter members from Raleigh, Cary, Hillsborough and elsewhere in the Triangle area of North Carolina gathered at the JC Raulston Arboretum to package seeds for the North American Rock Garden Society’s Annual Seed Exchange. Seeds collected from gardens and from the wild, including species of Crocus, Cyclamen, Digitalis, Dierama, Dodecatheon and Douglasia, were carefully processed and will be sent out in January to NARGS members all over the world.

Bobby Ward, Bob Wilder, Marlyn Miller, Neil Sasser, John Barnes and Amelia Lane

Enormous thanks to organizers Bobby Ward and Bobby Wilder, and to all the wonderful volunteers who packaged 200 taxa of seeds, large, small, and invisible, for the NARGS 2020 Seed Exchange!
We finished early, so not everyone who signed up was able to work. You are all appreciated though, for being available and working as needed at this very busy time of year!

Special thanks to everyone who signed up: Tim Alderton, John Barnes, Gail Beasley, Cyndy Cromwell, Nancy Doubrava, Suzanne Edney, Tom Harville, Mitzi Hole, Sandy Horn, Jim Hollister, Amelia Lane, Elsa Liner, Ruth Little, Val and Bill Lorenz, Marlyn Miller, Anne Porter, Graham Ray, Neil Sasser, Wayne Stephens, Jane Sundin, Janice Swab, Charlotte Thomann, Bobby Ward, David White, Bobby Wilder and Scott Zona.

Graham Ray, Mitzi Hole and Nancy Doubrava

Seed ordering is open to NARGS members beginning December 15, with the seed lists going up a couple of days in advance. You may join NARGS online if you would like to order seeds and have not yet become a member – just click “join” on the home page.
Also on the home page, please consider clicking on the “Amazon” link before starting your online holiday shopping. It’s a great way to support NARGS for free!
Link to Seedex information:
Link to NARGS home page:


Chris Glenn and Nancy Doubrava take a break with a chunk of holiday chocolate


Several members of the Piedmont Chapter were on the recent NARGS “Fall Bulbs of Greece” tour with Lefteri Dariotis, aka Liberto Dario. Here are a few photos, much more to come at the April 18 meeting.

In his home garden, Lefteri discusses his bulb collections with David White, Nancy Doubrava and other tour members
Extension tour leader Dr. Stavros Oikonomidis
Photo by Gloria Jahnke


Cat overlooking Temple of Apollo, Delphi
Photo by Gloria Jahnke

Theater of Epidaurus
Photo: Amelia Lane
Amelia and Richard Lane pause for a selfie
Nancy Doubrava and driver Vasilios confer with a local sheep rancher on the problem of wolves
Elsa Liner and Carolyn White, Cape Tainaro, Mani Peninsula
Elsa Liner, Richard Lane, David and Carolyn White with tour group visiting the home garden of Lefteri’s friend, Katerina Georgi


More photos from Green Swamp, taken by Jim Phillips, October 13, 2019. Thanks Jim!

Photos from the day trip to Green Swamp Nature Preserve, October 13, 2019