Saturday 19th, 9:00 AM with a meeting at 11:00AM

Allen Centennial Gardens

520 Babcock Dr, Madison WI

Rock Garden Work Party

bring a bag lunch

We will adjourn to Babcock Hall for ice cream afterwards

The WI-IL NARGS chapter supports area rock gardens by providing volunteer work parties to tackle labor intensive tasks. No experience is necessary. Come, get dirty, socialize, and learn a bit about the plants.


Recently the pond at the Allen Gardens was completley refubished. This necessitated temporairily removing a major section of the tufa beds in the rock garden. The new pond is a great imporvement but now it's time to put back all the rocks, soil, and the plants. Come help replant.


A map is located on our map page



Saturday 20th, 10:00AM

Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

Visitors Center

W4279 Headquaters Road, Mayville WI


Annual Chapter Plant Sale

Dave and Joy Collura's cottage

23mi east of Horicon

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1941 to provide an undisturbed sanctuary for a number of migratory birds and waterfowl including the redhead duck as well as to provide opportunities for people to connect with nature through many wildlife dependent recreational activities such as wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and interpretation, fishing and hunting.


The Annual Fall Member Plant Sale is one of the highlights of the year. Members provide the plants so you know that the plants offered are not only tried-and true but all proceeds go to the chapter.


Wednesday 15th, 7:00PM

Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Visitors Center

3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison WI

joint meeting with WI Hardy Plant Society

Mark Kintgen, Senior Horticulturalist

Denver Botanic Gardens

topic to be announced

Mike Kintgen oversees the Alpine Collection and nine gardens including the Rock Alpine Garden, and South African Plaza at the Denver Botanic Gardens. He currently gardens in both Denver and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The two different climates allow him to experiment with a wide range of plant material. Mike is a popular speaker in areas around Colorado on the topic of rock gardening, and botanic travel. He has lectured as far away as Sweden and Argentina on Denver Botanic Gardens and its current focus on steppe and high elevation floras found in semi-arid regions around the world.


Saturday 15th, 1:00PM

Dane County Extension

1 Fen Court, Monona WI

Annual Chapter Meeting

Travels with Steve

Steve Lesch, owner Landscape Design

Each year the chapter gathers in November to review the previous year, elect new officers, plan of the following year, and socialize while sharing a potluck lunch.


Following the business, Steve Lesch shares a presentation about the travels his extended family make each year. These are always unusual places that contain interesting plants and geography. Always fun.


Saturday 6th, 9AM to 4PM

Dane County Extension

1 Fen Court, Monona WI

Annual Seed Sorting & Packing for NARGS

pizza lunch and beverages

The gathering of the chapter to help the NARGS sort, package, and distribute seeds of plants both wild and cultivated, both common and rare. And pizza too.