Alaska Rock Garden Society

2022 ARGS Meetings

January 15th
Virtual general meeting at 10 AM - we will hear from Zdenek Zvolanek (ZZ), the famous Czech crevice gardener, designer and builder who has been rock gardening for 40 years at the 'Beauty Slope' above village Karlik in the Czech Karst. His rock garden stretches in steep rocky terrain under a former quarry. There are alpine plants from all over the world, among which there are examples of rare plants of the Rocky Mountains, Turkey, and Balkans.

February 19th
Also a virtual meeting at 10 AM - we will hear from "our own" Ed Buyarski, who lives in Juneau where he operates a landscape business, and also runs a small home-based, plant nursery. They specialize in perennials, primroses, ornamental trees and shrubs, plus fruit trees and berry bushes. The nursery offers non-edible plants, however, he encourages lawn reduction, and food sustainability. For us he will do a presentation on primulas - growing condition and also on growing them from seeds.

March 19th
Virtual meeting at 10 AM - we will be hearing from Jane McGary. She will do a presentation on fritillaria. She worked at UAF for 12 years and is now living in Oregon.

Plant Exploration, Conservation & Study of Habitats, Growth Forms, & Geographic Distribution
Welcome to the Alaska Rock Garden Society

Welcome to the online home of the Alaska Rock Garden Society (ARGS) which is a chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS). ARGS was formed to promote the art of rock gardening in Alaska. We have four formal meetings a year which includes a business meeting, snacks, a program, botany brief and a plant profile. We meet twice a year in Anchorage and twice a year in Palmer. During the other months of the year we are have plant sales and garden tours both in Anchorage and the Valley. We have built and maintain the rock garden at the Alaska Botanical Garden (ABG) in Anchorage. Our outdoor activities include hikes, seed collecting trips and workshops (see Photo Gallery).

The chapter offers it members:

• Meetings with presentations by international, national and local speakers
• Plant sales in Anchorage and the Valley
• Garden tours
• Field Trips
• Workshops and demonstrations
• Book and plant drawings at the meetings
• Hands on learning at the ABG rock gardens

New members of all levels of experience and interests are always welcome. Our membership ranges from beginners to experts and professionals. Dues are $15 per year for ARGS and we encourage our members to also belong to NARGS and to also take advantage of their educational opportunities.

The purpose of the Alaska Rock Garden Society shall be to encourage and promote:

• Interest in design and construction of rock gardens
• Cultivation of rock garden plants
• Plant exploration, conservation and study of habitats, growth forms, and geographic distribution
• The study and sharing of information on rock gardening

ARGS History
In early 1997 Les Brake, owner of Coyote Garden in Willow, sent out questionnaires. Learn More
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Contact Information

Alaska Rock Garden Society

12001 Audubon Drive
Anchorage, AK 99516


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