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Why I became a rock gardener

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When I went over to the other side, joining this garden elite society, I got curious to hear others' perspectives on rock gardening.

Nancy Goodwin says:

Rock gardening is a challenge if we [in North Carolina] try to grow alpines that want cool air, constant moisture combined with excellent drainage, but if we accept those things we can't change and select plants that can tolerate our climate, it is one of the most delightful ways to garden.

There are no rules. The most important requirement for plants that grow in my rock garden is small size. This is a place for the tiniest aquilegias and other perennials, the smallest bulbs, very slow growing conifers, all plants that might be smothered in areas where larger plants grow. It is also an area which is viewed best at ground level. This garden can be in sun or shade and with or without rocks; its success depends on perspective and proportion.

I agree with her. I like to see the whole plant, on the tiniest scale. There is something very intriguing about this.

A different perspective

Bobby Ward says:

Whether growing rock garden plants in a raised bed, trough, wall, or berm, I am required to get up close and personal, thereby learning details about rock garden flowers, seed, and leaves that might otherwise go unnoticed by me.

For me, the rock garden is my favorite part of the garden because if demands focus and attention to detail that I overlook in other plants in other parts of the garden.

My calling officially came when Tim Alderton, fellow NARGS member and research technician at the JC Raulston Arboretum, spoke to my garden club, The Bloomsbury Garden Club.

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