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."
For our morning program, Rod Zander, master designer and builder of one-of-a-kind soapstone and masonry heaters, will speak on "Rocks in the Garden: moving, breaking, building". He and our program chair, Elisabeth Zander, collaborate in building rock gardens at their home in Goshen, CT. Rod generously provided equipment and technical support for our tufa crevice and trough-building workshop last year.
For our afternoon program following lunch and the plant sale, George Newman will speak on arctic flora and native orchids. In September, we heard about his 2-acre garden in Bedford, New Hampshire, where he grows pitcher plants and has become an expert on raising native New England plants, many from seed. George won the Linc & Timmy Foster Millstream Garden award for 2015.
"High Arctic Flora"
This talk evolved after a cruise to Svalbard and Greenland some years ago. About 40 species of arctic flora will be covered including Saxifraga, Draba and Silene.
"Native Orchids of the Northeast US and Canada"
Almost 50 orchid species will be depicted in their native habitat. A few species will be shown in the garden.
The meeting begins at 10 with coffee and conversation. A brief business meeting and show & tell start at 10:30, followed by our program. Bring your own lunch.
Please bring donations from your gardens for our Plant Sale as well. This is an important source of income for our chapter.