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The 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) will be in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina and is being hosted by the Piedmont Chapter. The AGM will explore the past, present, and future of rock gardening in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S.

The meeting is being held in November to see the amazing drifts of fall-blooming snowdrops (Galanthus elwesii var. monostictus) and other bulbs at Nancy Goodwin’s garden at Montrose; to see Tony Avent’s Juniper Level Botanic Garden (and its recently installed crevice garden) and to shop at Plant Delights Nursery; and to see the plants and gardens at the JC Raulston Arboretum. It will be an opportunity to learn about and see other outstanding gardens. The Triangle Area (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill), North Carolina, has a rich history of outstanding gardeners, including Tony Avent, Nancy Goodwin, Elizabeth Lawrence, William Lanier Hunt, and J. C. Raulston.

The conference includes outstanding speakers as well as visits to some of the area’s best gardens. In designing the meeting, we have minimized the hassle and expense associated with renting a car or hiring a taxi. The host hotel - the Sheraton Imperial near the Raleigh-Durham (RDU) airport -- will provide free shuttle service between the airport and the hotel. In addition, transportation will be provided for the garden tours.

The AGM will include a welcome reception and presentation on Friday evening, November 17; a full day of presentations on Saturday, November 18; and tours to three gardens in the Triangle area on Sunday (November 19). Additional activities include an optional pre-conference, two-day guided tour of botanically interesting natural areas in North Carolina's Coastal Plain on November 15 and 16, and optional visits to public and private gardens in the Triangle area on November 17.

Please use the Menu bar on the left side of this page to explore the website . It will be updated as details are finalized. To register for the conference, go to the Registration page. Registration will be limited to 120 participants. We hope you will join us!