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."
Morning: Hitch Lyman - A Strange Topic for July: Snowdrops. Mr. Lyman has sold Galanthus mail order for 23 years "in the green" and has possibly the largest collection of them in North America. He will present a short history of his collection, featuring some classic varieties as well as many of the newest selections; he will also discuss best cultural methods for them. Mr. Lyman studied Horticulture at Cornell as well as Fine Art, and chose to become a water-color painter of ruins. He has designed gardens across the Northeast U.S. as well as in Venice, Seville, Athens, Turkey, France and England. He continues to consult at the only Long Island Gold Coast Estate still in private hands.
Afternoon: Paul Held - Japanese Primula. Since 1979, when he first saw Primula sieboldii in a New Hampshire garden, Paul has studied and collected over 650 different named varieties in his own 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. Coffee and tea available.