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 Annual Luncheon follows the morning program and will be held at the Aegean Breeze Restaurant in Great Barrington (https://www.aegeanbreezeonline.com/).
The meeting begins at 10 with coffee and conversation. A brief business meeting and Show & Tell start at 10:30, followed by our guest speaker, Mark Wilson, who will present "Steele & Sterling: the building and restoration of the celebrated gardens at Naumkeag". Lunch at the Aegean Breeze Restaurant will follow the morning presentation. There will not be an afternoon program or plant sale.
Mark Wilson is the Curator of Collections for The Trustees of Reservations. He has 28 years experience in the museum profession, which includes positions at The Trustees of Reservations, the Nantucket Historical Association and the Clara Barton Birthplace Museum. Mark holds a Master's Degree from Brown University in the History of Art and Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology from Connecticut College. His most recent endeavor was the management and oversight of the Naumkeag Garden Restoration Project, a multiyear, multi million dollar, and multiphase effort to restore the entire Fletcher Steele design at Naumkeag to its original appearance, including infrastructure, plants, hardscape, and water features.
Naumkeag is located at 5 Prospect Hill Road in Stockbridge and is less than two miles from the Berkshire Botanical Garden. The 44 room shingled mansion designed by Stanford White in 1886 is sited on 48 acres with breathtaking views of the Berkshire Hills and over eight acres of gardens. The property was inherited by the Choate's daughter, Mabel, in 1929. She and Fletcher Steele collaborated on the garden designs over a thirty year period. (https://savingplaces.org/stories/living-history-gardens-naumkeag#.We_mbp...)
Tom Flanigan is accepting reservations for the Annual Luncheon at the Aegean Breeze Restaurant in Great Barrington, MA. Send a $10 check payable to Aegean Breeze to Tom Flanigan at his address below. That amount will be subtracted from your individual bill at the restaurant.
Call Tom at (860) 286-0128 if you have any questions.
12 Overbrook Farm Road
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Deadline for lunch reservations is October 30.