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Calgary Rock & Alpine Garden Society
Calgary Alberta Canada

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Calgary Rock & Alpine Garden Society

Welcome to the Internet home of the Calgary Rock & Alpine Garden Society (CRAGS). CRAGS is a group interested in growing alpine plants in Calgary's challenging climate. Alpine plants are perennials found near or above the tree line in mountainous areas.

The Calgary Rock & Alpine Garden Society (CRAGS) is a non-profit society formed in 1994, from its origin as the Alpine Study Group, formed in 1991. CRAGS is the Alberta chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS), an associate member of the Calgary Horticultural Society, and an associate member of Friends of Reader Rock Garden Society.

Calgary is a city in Alberta Canada with a population of over 1 million, close to the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies. Calgary's average elevation is 1128m (3700 feet), making it prime alpine plant country: Situated in hilly terrain, the difference in elevation between the lowest and highest places is over 268m (879 feet) resulting in numerous micro-climates throughout the City; zone 3a at the lower elevations and zone 2b at higher elevations. We experience late spring and early fall snow storms, hot dry summers with cool evenings, and winters alternating between extreme cold and thawing spells caused by dry Chinook (Foehn) winds.

CRAGS members cultivate and showcase alpine plants in rock or container gardens. The society caters to beginners and experts alike, in various aspects of rock and alpine gardening including: alpine plant education, propagation techniques, rock garden and container design and construction.

We have monthly meetings, workshops, and garden tours. Come to our plant sale, everyone is welcome!

Membership fees are CDN$30 for individuals and CDN$35 for families. Our membership year runs from October 1 to September 30. You can use a credit card to pay your membership fee online. See the membership page for details on becoming a CRAGS member, or renewing your membership.

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