The Education Center of the Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, at the intersection of Routes 102 and 183 in Stockbridge, MA. For a map of and directions to the Garden, click http://www.berkshirebotanical.org and scroll under "Visit."
The meeting begins at 10 with coffee and conversation. A brief business meeting and Show & Tell start at 10:30, followed by our programs. Bring your own lunch.
For our morning program, agricultural researcher Jay Angle will speak on “Dwarf Confers.” He collects witches brooms from all over the world and propagates many. He learned to graft from conifer expert Dennis Dodge. He will bring plants from his wholesale nursery in Watertown, CT, to sell at our meeting.
After lunch and the plant sale, BNARGS member Ernie DeMarie will present "Hardy South African Plants". His visits to South Africa inspired him to return to Cornell to study the flora and propagation methods for tuberous pelargoniums. In his own garden in Briarcliff Manor, NY, Ernie grows bulbous South African species such as Crinum, Gladiolus, Dierama, Galtonia and Crocosmia as well as Kniphofia, Delosperma, Helichrysum and more. He will share sources and best growing techniques and discuss which species are likely to be the best for prolonged cold winters.