Welcome to the online home of the Wisconsin-Illinois Chapter [WI-IL Rock] of the North American Rock Garden Society [NARGS]. Founded in 1968 our non-profit society promotes alpine gardening and encourages rock gardeners in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. The upper Midwest can be a challenging environment for rock gardens and it is our mission to share our experience and expertise for the benefits of regional rock gardeners.

WI-IL Rock generally meets monthly year-round generally on the 3rd Saturday in the afternoon. During the fall and winter meetings are held in Madison at the Dane County Extension Center or in Milwaukee at the Boerner Botanical Garden. During the summer gardeing season meetings include garden tours and workshops at various locations throughout the region. Check the “Meetings” page for more specific information.

The chapter offers its members:

  • monthly meetings with presentations by local, national and international speakers
  • 4 newsletters
  • fall members only plant sale each year, periodic spring sales
  • garden tours and field trips
  • workshops and demonstrations
  • volunteer opportunities at public gardens & WHA Garden Expo


New members of all levels of experience and interests are always welcome. Our membership ranges from beginners to experts & professionals. 
To join the chapter and learn about an interesting type of garden click on Membership Information. Membership dues are just $10 a year.