Two interesting hands on workshops will be held at Berkshire Botanical Garden inÂ Stockbridge on Saturday, October 23.Â Each session may be taken separately, or both may be taken – there is a 10% discount if a student takes both classes.
The first, Stone Walls for the Garden, begins at 9 am.Â This hands-on program will cover the basics of wall building, including: planning and layout, learning to look at stone and demonstrations on cutting and fitting. Various applications for the garden will be considered, with special attention to building a freestanding wall. All questions will be answered. Participants should bring: work gloves and safety glasses; dress for outdoor work.
Mark Mendel (below) is the master mason of Monterey Masonry. He apprenticed with Maine stonemasons in the 1960â€™s and taught at the Haystack School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. He has built scores of walls, arches, terraces and walks in addition to many fireplaces in both brick and stone. Locally, his work includes the kitchen at Hancock Shaker Village, and Guidoâ€™s Marketplace. BBG members $50, non-members $55.
The second, Stone Steps, Pathways and Flatwork, will begin at 2 pm. Flatwork will be the focus of this workshop: paving with stone and brick for terraces, walkways, paths and garden edging. Watch a demonstration and participate in construction of a stone walkway using a variety of materials including stone and brick. Learn how to evaluate a project and choose the best material. All questions will be answered in this popular workshop. BBG members $50, non-members $55.
To register, or for more information, log on to www.berkshirebotanical.org. Rain date for both sessions is Sunday, October 24.