Berkshire Botanic Garden
Garden guru Panayoti Kelaidis, holder of the prestigious American Horticultural Society's Liberty Hyde Bailey award, presents two programs at the October 4 meeting of the Berkshire Chapter, North American Rock Garden Society (BNARGS). His morning talk, "Ironclad Succulents," is based on plant hunting trips from the Drakensburg of South Africa to the Steppes of Asia and hands-on experimentation in the Denver Botanic Garden, where he is senior curator. There, he also oversees experimental trials for the Plant Select (http://plantselect.org/) program to promote new and underused plants.
After lunch (bring your own), Kelaidis presents "Alpine Dark Horses: Front Runners of the Second String"— lesser known rock plants that perform well in northeast gardens. These "dark horse" genera include Campanula, Geranium, Iris, Eriogonum, Penstemon and Phlox.