The Piedmont Chapter May picnic, originally scheduled for May 31, 2020 has been postponed to May 22, 2021. Piedmont Chapter member Gail Norwood will be hosting.

Garden of Gail Norwood

Photos from the March 21 garden tour by Tony Avent, proprietor of Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden. In addition to the gardens, members visited the research greenhouse and Epimedium house.

Crevice garden overview
Woodland garden
An enormous Asian mayapple, to be released next year
Delosperma x ‘Mountain Dew’
A vigorusly flowering selection of Erythronium americanum harperi
Epimedium house
Epimedium ‘Ninja Stars’
Research greenhouse
Richard and Amelia Lane receive the NARGS Service Award, photo by Bobby Ward

This trip has been canceled, and will be rescheduled for spring of 2021.

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Registration is full for Appalachian Spring Fling, a botanizing trip to western North Carolina, May 15-17. We are keeping an eye on the current COVID-19 situation. If we need to cancel, payments will be fully refunded to those who have registered. 

Accompanied by plant experts and chapter members Tim Alderton and Zac Hill, we’ll be exploring the hills of western North Carolina in pursuit of a variety of wildflowers, peaking in mid-May. This is an active botanizing trip, so you should be comfortable hiking for most of the day, with some short, steep grades and occasional uneven footing. Our base will be The Providence Lodge and Gallery in Lake Junalaska. Registration is limited to 16. Cost is $100 per participant for two nights. The Lodge has 15 bedrooms and 13 baths, so most people will have their own bedroom and bath. Not included: food, costs of carpooling, other incidentals. This trip is open to Piedmont Chapter members and spouses/partners only. 

Courtesy of Tim Alderton, photos of some plants we may see on the trip

Trillium grandiflorum
Dodecatheon media
Galearis spectabilis
Members of the Watnong (New Jersey) Chapter of NARGS take a break from shipping seeds to members here in North Carolina and worldwide. Photo by chapter member Hilary, via Bobby Ward

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!
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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