Sunday, August 30, 2009

Members' garden tour pictures

ACNARGS member Lynn posted more of the great pictures she took from the member garden tours earlier in the summer at her blog, Sin City to Slaterville. Check them out.

Let's visit Sycamore Hill Gardens October 12

From Donna Kraft, Vice chair/program:

Pamela Eveleigh, our speaker on Sunday, October 11, said that she would like to see our autumn colors and visit gardens. She will be in the area on Columbus Day, Monday, October 12. So I’ve made arrangements with Karen Hanford for ACNARGS access to their private Sycamore Hill Gardens in Marcellus!

Go to for an overview of these magnificent 25 acres! This is a wonderful opportunity for our membership to view these awesome gardens while extending accessibility to our speaker. We will meet at the gardens at 10:30 and take a leisurely tour. The Hanfords do request a $5 per person donation for continuing support of Baltimore Woods Centers for Nature Education. Those who wish may also join us for a quick bite to eat in Skaneateles.

Karen did ask about how many people might participate, so we will be taking a poll at the September meeting. For more information or to RSVP, contact me:, 315 696-8626. Sycamore Hill is located at 2130 Old Seneca Turnpike, Marcellus, NY 13108-9760.

NARGS 2010 Annual Meeting

Mark your calendars for the 2010 NARGS annual meeting: Romancing the Rockies - The Marriage of Plant and Stone, July 11-14, 2010, Denver & Salida, Colorado

Join the Rocky Mountain Chapter of NARGS for a trip to the undiscovered Colorado that is every bit as beautiful as—but somehow more pristine and authentic—than the famous resorts that grab headlines. The meeting is scheduled to coincide with the peak of the alpine season: come dance with Eritrichium and primulas on the very backbone of America! Information at and more to follow.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Cornell Plantations fall lecture series starts Sept. 2

Here's the fall line up. For more information, visit the Plantations' website.

September 2, 5:30 p.m., Warren Hall B45
Reconfiguring Nature after Darwin: Skepticism and Sexuality in High Modernist Literature
Daniel Schwarz, Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English Literature & Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow

September 16, 7:30 p.m., Statler Hall Auditorium
Conservation of an Urban Oasis: Managing Species of Greatest Conservation Need in the Albany Pine Bush.
Neil Gifford, Conservation Director of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve

September 30 7:30 p.m., Statler Hall Auditorium
The Fruit Hunters
Adam Gollner, author

October 14, 7:30 p.m., Statler Hall Auditorium
The Authentic Garden: Five Principles for Cultivating a Sense of Place.
Claire Sawyers, author and director, Scott Arboretum

October 28, 7:30 p.m., Statler Hall Auditorium
Chinese Herbs and Health
Jean Giblette, owner, High Falls Gardens

November 11, 7:30 p.m., Statler Hall Auditorium
Farming in Iroquoia: Surprising Comparisons with European Agriculture
Jane Mt. Pleasant, Associate Professor of Horticulture, Cornell University

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Contribute to NARGS Image Library

From John Serowicz, NARGS Image Library

This is an open call for photos and to introduce you to the NARGS Image Library. I have been assigned the duties of image archivist.

The Image Library was created to archive images used by our members. The first project will be to scan the 35mm slides from the NARGS Slide Library. This will be done for two reasons. First to save these images in a format that will not be degrading over time. The second is to be able to offer the images to our members in a format readily usable with today's technology. All images will be saved in a nondegrading format then transferred to discs. Duplicates will be kept in two separate locations.

Please notify all your members that we need their photos. All photos will be accepted. If they are in a non-digital format (35mm or negatives) contact me to schedule a time when they can be scanned. Each image should have as much identification information included as possible.

If you know of an older member, past or present, that may have a collection of slides please ask them to join this project so their photos are not lost. All originals will be returned with a copy of the digital format.

All images will only be used by NARGS. You still have copyright privileges for your work. I realize some people get worried about the use or loss of control of their photos. Truth is almost all major nations follow the Berne copyright convention. So almost everything after April 1, 1989 is copyrighted and protected whether it has a notice or not.

What kinds of images are we looking for? Everything! Garden plants, plants in the wild, expedition photos, troughs, seedling, plants with diseases or insects on them, rock garden styles, etc. One project that needs photos is for the Seed Exchange Database. We need photos of seed, seed pods, seedlings, flowering plants in the garden. One important reason for this is to help identify mislabeled seed that is being passed around.

Send all images or questions to Also anyone interested in helping with the scanning please contact me.