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."
The October meeting of the Berkshire Chapter, North American Rock Garden Society (BNARGS) features noted Swedish horticulturist and author Peter Korn. Peter's specialty is natural-looking landscapes, from gardens to natural plant habitats to urban projects that include public rooftop gardens. At Eskilsby, his 5-acre private garden east of Gothenburg, Sweden, he has created despite the ever-present cold, wet climate distinct bioscapes—deserts, bogs, steppes, and woodland and rock gardens. Peter's studies in the wild have taken him to places like Armenia, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, New Zealand, and the US. He has recreated their ecologies in his own garden and describes them in Peter Korn's Garden, Giving Plants What They Want (self published and available for $50 at lectures).
"Rock Gardens", Peter's morning talk, covers the design and construction of rock gardens as well as the culture of their plants. Rockeries can be built in almost any environment, he says—it’s just a matter of selecting the right plants. After lunch (bring your own) and the member plant sale, his subject is "Alpine Gardens". Alpine plants often grow under extreme conditions. By attempting to recreate these conditions, it is possible to grow many alpine species normally considered hard—or even impossible—to grow.
BNARGS is sponsoring Peter's tour of the Northeast, which also includes lectures at Tower Hill, the Fells, CT Hardy Plant Society, MAD Gardeners, and NYBG. For more information about Peter Korn, his garden and his book, click http://peterkornstradgard.se/start_eng.html