Over the past several years I have developed a talk to promote growing Saxifrages. It is essentially a personal appreciation of the genus and features growing Saxifrages in the garden and Saxifrages in the wild. I have given this talk to a number of garden clubs in Canada and the United States and it has been well received. The presentation was included in the program for the 2016 Saxifrage Seminar at Waterperry Gardens.

Any new Saxifrages in Prague? Of course, this traditional Czech exhibition the
first week of April 2009 was full of surprise and hot news!

France and Italy are renowned for their exquisite cuisine often based on very exclusive raw material. For saxifrage enthusiasts the Inuit kitchen must be a revelation, using the finest of raw material. If you are tempted to try any of these dishes you have to prepare yourselves to invite a big bunch of guests because
some of the ingredients come in very large units.
In 2007 the National Research Council of Canada published their “Flora Of TheCanadian Arctic Archipelago” in a CD-ROM version. In their descriptions of the species they have also included traditions indigenous people have in their use of
local flora. We find saxifrages have been used as drink, food, remedy, or have filled other purposes.

During the last couple of decades, the small, arctic-alpine Saxifraga rivularis L. (Fig. 1, 3) has been studied using molecular markers in order to learn more about its origin, genetic variation and distinctiveness. The results have indicated where it may have had its refugia during the last glaciation, and how it has reached its current distribution. Many researchers have been involved, and several international papers have been published. Here, I summarize some of what we now know about this rather anonymous, but quite remarkable little herb.

Although relatively close to the well known mountains of Greece and the Balkans, Romania has a flora that is little known outside its borders. This fact is obvious from the small number of references in literature to Romanian species and botanically rich areas. The Carpathian Mountains form a sort of fortress with Transylvania in the middle. This is not just the homeland of Dracula but also the home of 23 species of Saxifraga plus one natural hybrid. On the walls of this fortress saxifrages lead a thriving existence. If you visit this country, any of the peaks rising over 2000 m should host a good selection of the native species.