Mark McDonough: "Garden Lab: Seedy Experiments- Part 1" and "Iris gracilipes: brief slides + hand's on potting up"

Mon, 2017-02-06 18:01 -- 61494
Saturday August 5, 2017 - 10:00 am


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 and scroll under "Visit."

Event type:
Guest speaker
Local Chapter
Plant Sale

The AM presentation weaves together several themes: propagation, benefits of "low effort - high yield" sowing techniques with unexpected returns, and focus on selected "high attribute" plants.

PM  Mark will show some slides describing why Iris gracilipes needs to be grown from seed, then a hands-on where we divide up 2 flats of seedlings

Bio:     |          Among gardening circles Mark is perhaps best known for decades long devotion to the genus Allium, exploring the ornamental potential of the single largest genus of bulbs (Allium), garnering him the nickname of "the Onion Man". However Mark's gardening interests reach well beyond that of Allium, his horticultural passion include plants and gardens of all types, including alpines & rock gardening, hardy succulents, wildflowers and North American native flora, with particular emphasis on woodland gardening. Mark's latest area of serious study is Epimedium, building an extensive collection and developing his own hybridization program.

Mark recently retired from a 40 year career in Architecture, his last 4 years as CAD/BIM Manager (BIM = Building Information Modeling, e.g. designing buildings in 3D) for a hi-tech Cloud Computing company servicing North American architectural & engineering firms.

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