BNARGS meeting POSTPONED with John Lonsdale

Sun, 2020-02-23 08:05 -- Pondhick
Saturday March 14, 2020 - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Education Center of the Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, at the intersection of Routes 102 and 183 in Stockbridge, MA.

Event type:
Guest speaker
Local Chapter
Plant Sale

As of March 12, this meeting has been postponed due to concerns about potential spread of the coronovirus. 

Our March speaker is John Lonsdale. He became interested in gardening in England when, after obtaining a PhD in Microbiology, he bought a small house with a small garden. He was interested in alpines and became an active member of the Alpine Garden Society, entering his plants in local and national shows and winning the AGS Gold Merit Medal in 1995. In that year he moved to the US and purchased a parcel of a little over 1.5 acres in Exton, PA, west of Philadelphia. The garden, known as Edgewood Gardens, has a wonderful climate for growing in-character hardy plants, especially bulbs, and many other flowering trees and shrubs. The only plants grown in pots in the two greenhouses are seedlings and a few tender plants such as certain Cyclamen species. Many choice plants have settled in and made an impact, including numerous trees and shrubs. Cyclamen, Corydalis, Narcissus, Crocus, Fritillaria, Iris and Erythronium are favorite bulbs, together with extensive plantings of woodlanders, especially Helleborus, Cypripedium, Hepatica, Epimedium and Trillium. There is also a large and actively propagated collection of Daphne. Propagation is vital to the well-being of any successful garden and John sows in the order of 450 pots of seed each year, mainly from bulbs. John is an active member of a number of horticultural groups, including the Daphne Society, Alpine Garden Society, Cyclamen Society, North American Rock Garden Society, Scottish Rock Garden Club, AGS Fritillaria Group, The Crocus Group, Aril Society International, the Species Iris Group of North America and several internet-based discussion groups such as Alpine-L. He has contributed articles to the publications of a number of these Societies and also lectured widely about many of the plants mentioned above. More information about Mr. Lonsdale and Edgewood Gardens is available at

His topics for our presentation are Woodland Treasures and Unusual Bulbs for the Garden. John Lonsdale is well-known in rock gardening circles for pushing the accepted hardiness boundaries of many choice plants-- particularly bulbs-- in his Exton, Pennsylvania garden. He succeeds in growing many improbable candidates outdoors without protection. He will share with us some of his secrets for doing this, and also have many choice plants for sale. There will be both a morning and afternoon presentation.

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