North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture

"Turning Rocks into a Rock Garden"
Scott Zona

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

  • Saturday, April 20, 2024 – 10:00 am11:30 am

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Scott Zona has always wanted to build a rock garden, but his botanical education and career took him in other directions around the world studying the diversity and natural history of tropical plants, resulting in the publication of over 175 technical articles, two books, and a journal editor. Retiring to Piedmont North Carolina in 2019 from Florida, the desire to build a rock garden was rekindled. At his lecture, Scott will discuss what he has learned in building his first rock garden: aggressive plants, plant size in scale with other plants, year-round interest, editing out plants, some plants just die, and learning that rock gardening is a work in progress.

With bonus short-talk by Cyndy Cromwell on "NARGS Nova Scotia Annual Meeting, June 2023".

A rock garden

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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.

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Online and in person at the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC 27606.
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