North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture

"Conifers for Rock Gardens"
Sandy Horn

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

  • Saturday, October 21, 2023 – 10:00 am11:30 am

Sandy Horn lives in Cary, N.C. Her rock garden contains many miniature and dwarf conifers that add texture, color, and year-round interest, particularly when perennial and annual rock plants are dormant. A rock garden provides the perfect environment for conifers because many forms thrive in the sharply-drained soils required of rock garden plants. Most of all, rock gardens offer the opportunity to display to best advantage small conifers that might otherwise go unnoticed. Sandy will show examples of how to display underutilized conifers in rock garden settings.

A rock garden planting

Plus bonus 15-minute talk by Tim Alderton, research technician, at the Raulston Arboretum, on hardy and semi-hardy gesneriads, such as forms of Sinningia, Gloxinia, Titanotrichum, and others, grown at the JCRA.

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