North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture

Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum

“Creating a Natural Community Garden with Southeastern Native Plants”
Patrick McMillan, Juniper Level Botanic Garden

  • Saturday, October 15, 2022 – 10:00 am11:30 am

"Decades of experience documenting the composition and functioning of natural communities across the Southeast and around the globe combined with a passion for gardening, education, and conservation to create the massive Natural Heritage Garden at the South Carolina Botanical Garden. This garden started the journey I took into unraveling the importance of ecological function to garden health and supporting regional biodiversity. The results on the faunal diversity and support of ecological webs at the SCBG are dramatic. Join me as we take the journey together and see the dramatic difference planting spaces as "natural community gardens" has on life in your neighborhood. We will unravel some of the "mythology" surrounding "native" plants and delve into the impacts that planting in a model of ecological function has regardless of the origin of the plants you utilize in your own backyard paradise." - Dr. Patrick McMillan 

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Joining the Online Presentation

This program is being offered in person as well as online. If you want to join us online, visit the URL below to register:

In case there are any last-minute changes, please check your e-mail for any updates. Last-minute changes will be sent to Cuttings from the JCRA subscribers and to NARGS members directly.

Free for North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) members, Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, NC State University students, and online participants; otherwise $5.00.
Advance registration is not available for in-person participants. Check-in available at the door. Registration for online participants available at
JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC 27606 and online.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
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