August 16, 2017 – Wednesday
The Marble House Project
1161 Dorset West Road
Dorset, VT 05251
PRE-REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.
Schedule – 8am – 4:30 pm
8:00 – 9:00 am – Trade Show Registration
8:00 -10:30 am – VCH Exam – Register below.
“Woodland Wonders from the Wild” – Part One. An enlightening, entertaining and educational look at some of the plants that we overlook on our woodland hikes. Some of the most interesting and unusual wildflowers are growing in our own backyards right under our noses. Join native plant expert Barry Glick for a fascinating wild wander into the wonderful world of woodland wildflowers. See Barry’ speaker profile below.
10:00 – 10:30 am – Visit with Vendors/Trade Show
“Welcome to the World of Dry Stone Walling” – Learn about the history of dry stone walls as we delve into the details of proper design and construction practices for structurally sound stone walls built without mortar. A well built wall can stand for centuries, while a poorly built one may last only a few months. This engaging presentation will show you how to tell the difference. We will look at some of the amazing features and sculpture that can be built with dry stone walls, and how to use different types of stone to best effect. Resources for further learning and selecting knowledgeable drystone wallers will be covered. Dry stone walls make up an integral part of New England’s cultural landscape. Learn how they can be preserved and incorporated as part of modern residential and civil projects. See Brian’s speaker profile below.
11:30 – 12:00 pm – Special Membership Meeting
1:00 – 2:00 pm – Green Works Live Auction – Please donate a plant, book, tool, or item of your choice for the live auction! Proceeds from the auction fund horticulture-related education awards the Association grants each year. These students are the future of our industry. Bring your wallet!
2:00 – 2:30 pm Visit with Vendors/Trade Show
2:30 – 3:30 pm “Woodland Wonders from the Wild” – Part Two w/ Barry Glick.
3:30 – 4:30 pm. – “Grand Tour of the Marble House Project grounds and gardens with Tina Cohen”. Join Tina Cohen, Director of Operations and Sustainable Agriculture for a tour of the grounds and gardens of The Marble House Project. The farm strives to grow as much organic food to meet the needs of their residency programs. They maintain a low-waste campus by conserving water and energy, composting, recycling, and sourcing materials and labor locally.
PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE – August 7, 2017 – register on-line below.
An additional $15 for walk-in registration on the day of the meeting.
DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM: Green Works 2017 Summer Meeting Brochure Registration Form
VCH Exam – VNLA Member – $10
VCH Exam – Non Member – $25
Barry Glick has been involved in the plant world since 1954, when at the young, impressionable age of 5, he witnessed Don Herbert (Mr. Wizard on TV) place a cutting of a plant in a glass of water only to sprout roots a few shows later. Barry replicated the experiment with his one of his mother’s prized Coleus plants, and as he watched the roots grow, knew that he was hooked for life.
Growing up in Philadelphia in the 60’s, a Mecca of horticulture, he would hitchhike to Longwood Gardens, Scott Arboretum, Winterthur, Morris Arboretum et al. before he was old enough to drive. In 1972 he realized there was just not enough room for his plants and him in a big city environment, so he bought 60 acres of a 3650 foot high mountain top in Greenbrier County West Virginia where he founded Sunshine Farm & Gardens, started his plant collection, and has remained there since.
The collection now numbers more than 10,000 taxa, many unknown to cultivation. Several of these plants have been introduced to gardening in recent years. Barry exchanges seeds and plants with people at arboretums, botanic gardens, nurseries and private gardens in virtually every country in the world.
With a state of the art tissue culture laboratory, Sunshine Farm & Gardens is involved in experimental genetics on plant material, the goal of which is to develop new and better plants for the landscape and the garden. The commercial arm of the operation provides high quality, unusual plants at reasonable prices to garden centers, nurseries, landscape professionals and home gardeners worldwide
In 1995, he was invited by the Royal Horticultural Society in London England to give a series of lectures at many venues around England culminating with the Ron Sidwell Memorial Lecture at Pershore Horticultural College in Pershore England
The main focus of plant breeding at Sunshine Farm & Gardens is within the genus Helleborus. He has spent the last three decades combing the Earth for new germplasm to enhance the bloodlines of his Helleborus x hybridus ‘Sunshine Selections’strain. Virtually every species within the genus is also grown. Barry maintains more than 175,000 flowering size Hellebore stock plants on a 6 acre section of the nursery for seed production.
The other major primary focus at Sunshine Farm & Gardens is native plants. Barry has developed propagation protocols and growing regimens for many native species previously thought to be difficult to grow. For more information about Barry visit www.sunfarm.com.
Brian Post started building dry stone walls at the age of 10 at his childhood home in Barnard, Vermont. He is one of just seven wallers in North America who has attained Master Craftsman certification from The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA-GB; the world standard). He is also a licensed Landscape Architect in Vermont; the only person in the U.S. to hold both distinctions. In 2010, he started Standing Stone Landscape Architecture a design/build firm focusing on dry stone projects. Additionally, Brian is the Executive Director of The Stone Trust, a non-profit education center for dry stone walling based in Dummerston VT. Brian has been published Fine Home Building, and is a DSWA-GB certified instructor and examiner. He teaches walling frequently throughout New England and beyond. When he’s not walling, Brian loves gardening and spending time with his wife and young daughter at their Springfield VT home. Learn more about Brian at www.standingstonevt.com.