Coming Up: The Rock Gardens of Kew
In July our club Regular meeting will be held on the third Thursday of the month (instead of the 2nd Thursday): Thursday July 21st 6:30 – 8:30 pm. We are very pleased to have a guest speaker this month, Tom Freeth, who is deeply involved in the rock, alpine and aquatic gardens at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew (Richmond, UK). He will speak on “The Rock Gardens of Kew.”
In his presentation Tom will draw on images and documents from Kew’s archives to give a look at the evolution of the Rock Garden at Kew, from its conception in the 1870s through to present day. Four gardens have come and gone before the current layout. His talk shows the endeavor that goes into such a landscaping feat over nearly a century and a half, and some of the plants that have lived there.
Take a peak at this web page for a little foretaste of this amazing garden: https://www.kew.org/read-and-watch/what-is-rock-garden-kew
Tom describes himself as: “Professional horticulturist and botanist with a life-long love of wild plants and high places. My career has led me through various disciplines from golf courses through hard landscape construction and on to international Botanic Gardens and the Chelsea Flower Show. I currently work at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew looking after the curation of the Living Collections across the site. My previous role was the curator and supervisor of the Alpine and Rock Garden Living Collection and team at Kew. When not at work I’m usually found somewhere outside taking pictures of wildlife or trying to catch the game”!
Tom’s presentation will be followed by a social hour. Guests are welcome!
We will meet as usual upstairs at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation Congregation (UUC), located at 536 Ouray Ave, Grand Junction 81501 (click here for map). The doors will be open at 6:00 pm.