Wednesday, April 26th, 2017. 11am-12pm.

Location: Udall Building (Center for Museum Resources), 725 Camino Lejo in the second floor conference room.

Cost: FREE

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Santa Fe Botanical Garden and the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) Chapter of Santa Fe invites you to a special presentation on “The Inverse Texture Effect in the Dry Garden” by Robert Nold.

This lecture will be a discussion of the Inverse Texture Effect in soils and its application in a mostly un-irrigated garden, and why “drainage” is a term best reserved for plumbing. The effect of soil texture on soil oxygen, aeration, and percolation will be examined. Nold will discuss a raised bed of heavy clay for growing bulbs requiring a dry summer rest, and a raised bed of sand and gravel functioning as a “rain garden”. This will be, in other words, a talk on just about the opposite of everything you read.

Robert Nold biography, in his words:

“I was born on the banks of the Cape Fear River in 1951. I moved to southern California at an early age, where he learned gardening from his grandfather. I ate a destroying angel mushroom at age two, which possibly explains a great deal.

I was dragged to Denver, kicking and screaming, in April of 1961. There was snow on the ground. I moved to my current location, the western suburbs of Denver, in the rain shadow of Mount Evans, possibly the driest area in the Denver Metro area (average 10 inches of precipitation a year, mostly in the form of snow) in 1985. I published three books, Penstemons, Columbines, and High and Dry, which were illustrated by my late wife. All are now valuable collector’s items. Since then, my garden, which has no irrigation system and can’t be watered when the dog is around, and which has been visited by increasingly awful weather, has been mostly given over to growing bulbs, which sensibly spend most of their time underground.”


Learn more about North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS):

NARGS is for gardening enthusiasts interested in alpine, saxatile, and low-growing perennials. It encourages the study and cultivation of wildflowers that grow well among rocks, whether such plants originate above treeline or at lower elevations. Through its publications, meetings, and garden visits, NARGS provides extensive opportunities for both beginners and experts to expand their knowledge of plant cultivation and propagation, and of construction, maintenance, and design of special interest gardens. Woodland gardens, bog gardens, raised beds, planted walls, container gardens, and alpine berms are all addressed.

Toward this end NARGS offers its members the Rock Garden Quarterly, an annual seedlist, local chapter meetings, and a growing web presence.

NARGS, organized in 1934, currently has approximately 2,650 members in the US, Canada, and thirty other nations.

For more information contact: Robin Magowan at 505-983-8599 and/or or for directions call Santa Fe Botanical Garden (505) 471-9103.

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