About Us

Purpose

Organized in December 1984, our aim is to promote, on a non-profit basis, the study of alpine plants, related hardy perennials and the creation of rock gardens and suitable habitats for all hardy plants. We encourage an exchange of ideas and activities with other plant societies and promote and support the planting and care of rock and hardy plants in botanic and public gardens. Membership varies between 400-500/year and includes individuals from across Canada, many parts of the United States and overseas.

Meetings

We usually meet on the second Sunday of the month at the Toronto Botanical Garden at the SW corner of Leslie and Lawrence, Toronto. Speakers are selected from internationally know experts as well as local members. Our speakers begin at 1:30 p.m. Subjects include landscaping techniques, site locations for rock garden and hardy plants, plant selection and the occasional travelogue. Coffee break is followed by a short program called "Members' Showcase" and auctions whenever suitable material is made available.

Plant Sales

In the spring and fall we have several seedling and plant sales to raise funds for ORG&HPS. There are a great number of unusual and choice plants available at very reasonable prices. Many plants would never be found in commercial nurseries.

Seed Exchange

Each year we operate a seed exchange. Our members collect seed in their own gardens. Some members go on botanizing trips to different corners of the world, bringing back wild collected seed not only from the mountains of North America, but also from Europe, Asia Minor, Central Asia and points further East. Up to 60 packets may be obtained by each member at a nominal cost, chosen from a list of more than 1,000 selections.

Newsletter

We publish the "Journal" ten times a year. Articles may be about a particular genus of plants, write-ups of our speakers' talks, descriptions of gardens, book reviews and correspondence. The articles are illustrated by drawings or photographs.

Miscellaneous

In the summer we have garden tours and occasional picnics at the gardens of various members.
Our Handbook, published annually, contains a calendar of events, and lists of our library collection, members' gardens open for visits and businesses and services which are popular with our members. Contact information is included for each member.
We have a considerable collection of books in our library, which may be borrowed by our members. As well, newsletters from other chapters of NARGS are available.