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Susie’s Favorite National & International Gardening & Horticultural Associations

(Listed in alphabetical order)

Alpine Garden Society
For those interested in alpine and other small hardy plants suitable for cultivation in rock gardens.*


American Horticultural Society
Started in 1922, it is one of the oldest gardening organizations in America and a trusted source of high quality gardening and horticultural information.

Hardy Fern Foundation
For those who love hardy ferns; it provides education, helps establish fern display gardens as well as introduces more hardy ferns into cultivation.

North American Rock Garden Society
An organization of people interested in smaller perennial plants that grow well in rock gardens.*

Scottish Rock Garden Society
An international society for those interested in promoting the cultivation of alpine and rock garden plants.*

* Rock gardening is a style of gardening that first came into fashion in England in the 1800’s and continues to this day.  Rock gardens feature prized alpine plants in a naturalistic setting using rocks and stones to mimic their natural rocky or alpine environments.


Susie’s Favorite Northwest Gardening Associations

(Listed in alphabetical order)

Arboretum Foundation
A non-profit organization including a large volunteer membership that raises funds to help support the Washington Park Arboretum.

Northwest American Rock Garden Society – Northwestern Chapter
The Seattle area chapter of the American Rock Garden Society.

Northwest Horticultural Society
Provides a forum for northwest gardeners to share their interests and learn about horticulture  by offering  gardening lectures, classes, symposiums and plant sales; they also help fund the Elisabeth C. Miller Library and offer scholarships to UW horticulture students.

Northwest Perennial Alliance
A gardening community passionate about perennials and the Pacific Northwest environment; they offer gardening lectures, classes, newsletters, plant sales and garden tours of members gardens.


Pacific Bulb Society
For people who love gardening with bulbs; they have a quarterly newsletter, bulb/Seed Exchange; an e-mail discussion list; maintains the Pacific Bulb Society Wiki, an ever-expanding educational online resource with pictures of plants photographed by our members in their gardens and in nature.

Washington Native Plant Society – Central Puget Sound Chapter
An organization for those interested in Washington’s unique flora offering educational programs, field trips, native plant and seed sales, native plant salvage events, plant ID workshops, and grant funding for education, conservation, and research projects. (statewide website)  (Central Puget Sound Chapter website)

Washington State University (WSU) Extension Master Gardener Program
A component of WSU Extension program comprised of 4,000+ volunteers statewide who complete a training program and then staff “plant clinics” in their communities offering free science-based advice promoting environmentally and economically sustainable gardening practices that protect our natural resources and support community food systems.  Master gardeners also work in demonstration gardens that donate produce to local food banks.

More links will be added every week.

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