I missed out on the ORGS (Ontario Rock Garden Society) seeds this year and with the restrictions on seeds being sent into and out of the USA, I don't bother with NARGS anymore. However, by working at a botanical garden, we get accesss to the seed exchnages of other botanical gardens via their 'Index Seminum'. Essentially it is only the European BG's that do this, but they send out their seedex to many BG's, including mine. Normally, our BG didn't bother but with our large rockery and need for some new plant material, I have taken upon myself to avail of these free seeds. I think I applied for seeds from 7 BG's, but so far have only gotten 4. Here they are:
Those that may be direct sown were sown this past week. The others are now undergoing moist stratification and will be sown in mid-April. I'm sure only a handful of these will come to anything, but there is some really nice potential here. Many of these plants I've never heard of! Extra seedlings will go our local Rock Garden Society for their plant sale. Our members will be VERY happy!