Norman Singer Endowment Fund

Applications for grants must be received by March 1, 2022. See application form below. Recipients will be announced at the annual mg in Ithaca, New York, June 17 - 20, 2022.

Norman

About Our Fund

The NARGS Endowment Fund was set up in 1983 upon the recommendation of Norman Singer, the society’s secretary, and approved by the board in 1984. The interest accruing from the funds in the endowment was restricted to special projects, rather than operations of the society.  In 1992, the NARGS board adopted guidelines for use of the funds and a committee appointed to recommend grants.


Norman held various positions in NARGS including president (1992-1994), and he received numerous awards from the society, including the Award of Merit and the Marvin Black Award.


Norman served in the U.S. Army in World War II, assigned to Bletchley Park (U.K.) as a code breaker. He became a performing arts administrator in New York City, including Lincoln Center, and the Aspen (Colorado) Music Festival. He and his long-term partner, Geoffrey Charlesworth, whom he had met at Bletchley, retired to Sandisfield, Massachusetts, in 1981.


Norman died in 2001, age 80, and the endowment fund was renamed to honor his contributions to NARGS.

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Awarded

Year
Amount
Name

2019

$3000.
test 1 addition
$5000.
test second addition

2017

$5,000
Juniper Level Botanic Garden (Raleigh, North Carolina) - construction of dry crevice and lime seep garden using concrete slabs to evaluate plants that normally die in southern U.S. gardens.
$2,500
Susann Nilsson (Mariannelund, Sweden) - field work on Pulsatilla in Asia and preparation of monograph.

2016

$5,000
Vojtech Holubec (Prague, Czech Republic) - printing book on flowers of the Tian Shan region of Asia.

2015

-

2014

$1,450
Dart’s Hill Garden, BC: To purchase plants for new tufa garden.
$1,450
Yampa River Botanic Park, CO: Purchase plants for new crevice garden and educational materials.

2013

$2,000
New England Wildflower Society. Funding to cover expenses associated with the recognition of the Trillium collections with the North American Plant Collections Consortium.
$2,000
Susann Nilsson, Amateur botanist with excellent references.  Funding required to cover travel and research in order to write a monograph on the Genus Pulsatilla.

2012

$2,000
Oregon State University Discovery Garden.
$2,500
JC Raulston Arboretum.

2011

$1,500
Allegheny Chapter for installation of rock garden.
$1,500
The Iowa Arboretum for installation of alpine rock garden.
$3,000
NARGS Seed Exchange for electronic seed ordering.

2010

$3,500
The Fells, Newbury, NH- for continued renovation of the Clarence Hay Rock Garden.
$1,500
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI - for renovation of existing alpine garden.
$1,000
Alaska Rock Garden Society, Anchorage, AK- for planting a tufa bed in the Alaska Botanical Garden.

2009

$6,000
Spring Creek Gardens in Ft. Collins, CO for starting the garden.

2008

$2,000
JC Raulston Arboretum -  Support of the scree rock garden and roof-top scree garden at NC State University, Raleigh.