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AGM Program

The AGM program includes a welcome reception and introductory presentation on Friday night; followed by five presentations during the day on Saturday; and a dinner, awards ceremony, and presentation on Saturday night. On Sunday, participants will visit Montrose, Juniper Level Botanic Garden and Plant Delights Nursery, and the JC Raulston Arboretum. During the visits to Montrose and Plant Delights Nursery, participants will have the opportunity to purchase plants.


Tim Alderton – Horticulturist at the JC Raulston Arboretum

Tony Avent – Internationally known plant explorer, hybridizer, and speaker; owner of Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden

John Grimshaw – Internationally known plantsman, author of Snowdrops: A Monograph of Cultivated Galanthus, and director of the Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard, England

Larry Mellichamp – Author of Native Plants of the Southeast, former Director of the UNC-Charlotte Botanical Garden, and Immediate Past President of the North Carolina Native Plant Society

Jeremy Schmidt – Grounds and research staff, Juniper Level Botanic Garden

Andrea Sprott – Curator of the Elizabeth Lawrence Garden in Charlotte, NC

Joseph Tychonievich – Author of Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style, editor of NARGS Rock Garden Quarterly

Bobby Ward – Author of multiple books, including Chlorophyll in His Veins: J. C. Raulston, Horticultural Ambassador


Montrose is nationally known for the multiple woodland and sunny gardens that Nancy Goodwin has developed at this historic site. The mail-order nursery operated by Nancy that specialized in hardy cyclamen and other unusual perennials closed in 1993 so she could spend more time working in the garden, but she still propagates plants for sale to garden visitors. Of special note for AGM participants is the collection of fall-blooming bulbs and perennials, especially the large drifts of Galanthus elwesii var. monostictus (the bloom time varies depending on the weather).

Plant Delights Nursery is one of the best known mail-order nurseries in the U.S. Critical to PDN’s success are the plant research and propagation activities at Juniper Level Botanic Garden, where over 22,000 plant taxa are being evaluated for garden worthiness. Many of these taxa are the result of Tony Avent’s numerous collecting trips and plant hybridizing activities, and include almost 500 taxa suitable for rock gardens (the plant photos in the scrolling banner at the top of this page are examples of these plants and have been used with permission from PDN). Of specific interest to NARGS members are the multiple display gardens, one of which is a recently installed 250-foot-long crevice garden.

JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University is nationally acclaimed for its large and diverse collections of plants that are suitable for landscape use, primarily in the southeastern U.S. The mission of the arboretum is to introduce, display, and promote plants that diversify the American landscape. Of specific interest to NARGS attendees is the crevice garden and troughs that are part of the roof-top garden and the xeric scree garden funded partially by NARGS’s Norman Singer Endowment Fund.

Sales and Raffles

Plant sales: There will be no plant sales at the Sheraton. However, participants will be able to purchase plants at Plant Delights Nursery and Montrose during the tours on Sunday. Plant Delights will also be open for sales on Friday morning.

Books and Signings: There have been a number of books written on the flora of the southeastern U.S. that are of interest to attendees. The authors of several of these books will be available during the meeting to sell and sign their books.

Raffle and/or Silent Auction: On Friday and Saturday evening we will raffle plants, books, and other garden related gems.

Schedule Overview

Friday, November 17

10:00 am NARGS AdCom Meeting

12:30 pm Registration desk opens

1:00 pm NARGS Board of Directors Meeting

3:00 pm Chapter Chairs Meeting

7:00 pm Reception and Book Signing (heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar)

8:00 pm Welcoming Remarks and Presentation

Early arrivers can go on your own to any of the public gardens listed on the Public Gardens page of the website or make a shopping visit to Plant Delights Nursery on Friday morning. Rather than arranging your own transportation and tours, you may want to sign up for the shuttle bus described on the Pre-Conference Activities page of the website.

Saturday, November 18

7:30 am Continental Breakfast (coffee, tea, morning breads and pastries)

8:15 am to 4:30 pm Speaker Presentations (break for included lunch)

6:00 pm Reception and Book Signing (cash bar)

7:00 pm Dinner

8:15 pm NARGS Announcements and Awards

8:30 pm Presentation

Sunday, November 19

7:30 am Coffee and Tea

8:10 am Depart for Garden Tours (breakfast included)

12:00 am Lunch (lunch included)

4:00 pm Return to hotel (transport to airport provided)

More detailed schedule information will be provided to attendees by early September.