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 here and scroll under "Visit."
Ed Bowen, plant breeder and horticulturist extraordinaire, specializes in "under-cultivated, garden worthy, and unusual perennials." Opus, his small Rhode Island nursery, is open only by appointment and online (www.opusplants.com/), so your best chance to hear him speak and see his offerings is at garden symposiums, events like Trade Secrets—and the August 1 meeting of the Berkshire Chapter, North American Rock Garden Society. His talk, "A Nurseryman's Miscellany", challenges us to recognize current marketplace trends and think beyond them. After lunch (bring your own) the plant sale offers members' plants plus Opus specialties. The afternoon program, Members' Potpourri, gives us a look at their gardens, special plants, and alpine travels:
Joyce Hemingson: Alpine Flora in Lauterbrunnen Valley, Kleine Scheidegg, and Schnyige Platte - hiking trip through Switzerland in mid-June 2014;
Joe Strauch: Five Favorite Hardy Ferns - what ferns to grow in the rock garden;
Elaine Chittenden: Gardens Around -here and Michigan with some great shots;
Dean Evans: In My Garden - this expert grower will open his garden for us to get a glimpse.