Autumn in the Garden - A Time for Troughs

October 12-14, 2012

NARGS 2012 Eastern Study Weekend

Allegheny Chapter


Hotel Field Trips Trough Show Contact Information Workshops Directions Speakers Vendors

Registration Form

Contact Information

Karen Schmidt (Registrar)

111 North Benbrook Road

Butler, PA   16001





Len Lehman (Chair)

362 Vermont Avenue

Clairton, PA  15025




 Registration Form


The deadline for reduced rate

is now October 1

Workshop Schedule


Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North

910 Sheraton Drive

Mars, PA  16046

Telephone (724) 776-6900 or 1-800-368-7764

Fax: (724) 776-1115




Mention Rock Garden Eastern Study Weekend for discounted room fees.









Field Trips


McConnells Mill State Park - a natural gorge with many fall blooming flowers and ferns (Site of endangered Laurentian, Bladder Fern and Herald of Spring).


The Prairie at Jennings Environmental Education Center - a remnant tall grass prairie noted for Liatris Lygostylis and other fall blooming asters.


 Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens/Allegheny Chapter Rock Garden at the National Aviary.



McConnells Mill


Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Garden














Gwen Moore - The Rock Garden in Autumn - Gwen is well-known to NARGS members as former editor of the Quarterly (for 11 years) and former co-owner of Rocky Mountain Rare Plants.


Catherine Renzi - Fall Blooming Native Plants  - Cathy is proprietor of the Yellow Springs Farm Native Plant Nursery.


Mike Szesze - Carnivorous Plants in the Rock Garden - a different type of color  - Mike is owner/propagator of Carnivorous Plants Nursery in Maryland and a retired educator.


Dr. Tom Lord - Manageable Ferns for the Rock Garden - Dr. Lord is professor of biology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and author of the book "The Ferns and Fern Allies of Pennsylvania."


Matt Mattus - Fall Blooming Bulbs for Garden and Greenhouse - Matt is a writer and gardener from Massachusetts whose gardening columns are widely published in magazines and journals.


Gary Whittenbaugh - Crevice Gardens in a Trough - The Role of Dwarf Conifers - Gary is Past President of the Conifer Society.


Rex Murfitt - Saxifrages in Troughs - Rex is a noted author, lecturer and authority on Saxifrages.


Martha Oliver - Heuchera, Heucherellas and Tiarellas - Bold Leaf and Color for the Fall Garden - Martha and Charles Oliver have introduced several award-winning plants of this group and operate The Primrose Path Nursery - a wholesale supplier of heuchera, etc.




















DJ’s Greenhouse

Transfer, Pennsylvania

Annuals, perennials

Yellow Springs Farms Native Plant Nursery

Chester Springs, PA 

Yellow Springs Farm cultivates native plants grown on our Pennsylvania farm.

Carnivorous Plant Nursery

Derwood, MD

Our mission is to provide environmental stewardship by providing engaging educational materials, and low-cost, high-quality carnivorous plants.

Arrowhead Alpines

 Fowlerville, Michigan

Arrowhead’s new Nursery Manager! Joseph Tychoniviech has an all-consuming love and enthusiasm for plants and a horticulture degree from Ohio State. He spent a summer working for the great Akira Shibamichi in Japan, and has a book, Creating New Heirlooms: A Gardener's Guide to Breeding Plants, being published in the spring of 2013. Joseph has also been a repeat guest on Public Radio's show The Splendid Table!  ,


Mulberry Creek Herb Farm

Huron, OH

We provide the largest selection of quality, well rooted, certified organic herbs and miniature perennials,

Oriental Gardens Supply

 Pittsford, New York 

Unusual plant materials includes Japanese maples, dwarf conifers, bamboo and more. 

Betsy Knapp

 Rochester, New York 

Hypertufa troughs 


Evergreen Gardens - Pam Maurer 

Ames, Iowa

Dwarf conifers and planted troughs 

Allegheny Chapter – NARGS 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania







From I 80 - South on I 79 to Cranberry Exit - Left at Light to US 19 - 2 blocks to light at Sunoco - Left turn and then right onto Sheraton Drive.


From I 79 - North - take I 79 south to Cranberry Exit - then as above.


 From I 79 (southern approach) - take I 79 north to Route 228 (Mars) - turn left onto Route 228 - then as above.


From Greater Pitt Airport - Parkway east to I 79 north - then as above.


From I 76 (PA Turnpike) - travel west to US 19 exit (this is next to last exit on turnpike before Ohio turnpike) at light - turn right to light at Sunoco station - then as above.













   Workshops will include:

(1) Construction of Pop Bottle Troughs.

(2) A demonstration on making Papercrete Troughs.

(3) A Photo Workshop in two parts.  Participants can come to one or both sessions. 

(4) Tips for Novice Photographers: Improving your Garden and Wildflower Photos.

(5) Organizing and Editing Your Digital Photos for Novice Computer Users.










Trough Show


By Len Lehman

Study Weekend Chair

It is our pleasure as members of the Alleghany Chapter of the National Rock garden society to announce that we will sponsor a trough show at the Eastern Study Weekend on Oct. 12 – 14th, 2012. This trough show will honor the achievements of Carl Gehennio, one of our local founders of the chapter and an excellent plants man who was extremely knowledgeable in growing alpine plants in troughs and various conditions. We hope that attendees will bring troughs to the study weekend to make this show an outstanding part of the program. Rules for the show are as follows:

1.      A person may exhibit as many troughs as he or she wants. However only one prize will be given per person.

2.       Class 1 – troughs containing no less than 3 different species.

3.      Entries to the show may be entered starting at 12:00 noon on Friday Oct. 12 and must be in place by 10:00 Sat. Oct. 13, 2012.

4.      The show will be closed to the public during judging which will take place from 10:00 to 12:00 on Sat.

5.      Troughs must remain in place until Sunday, Oct. 14th unless in case of extreme emergency.

6.      A popularity voting will take place when show opens.

7.      Prizes:

Judged show

1st - a plaque and a $30.00 nursery certificate

2nd - $25.00 nursery certificate

3rd -   a $20.00 nursery certificate

Popularity voting

1st - $30.00 nursery certificate

2nd - $25.00 nursery certificate

3rd - $20.00 nursery certificate

8.      Prizes will be awarded at the annual banquet