CONWAY – New England history comes to life as master stonemason Kevin Gardner constructs a miniature stone wall while speaking about his book, "The Granite Kiss," at the Mountain Garden Club's March 20 meeting at the Salyards Center in Conway.
Gardner's presentation is made possible through a grant from New Hampshire Humanities, as part of its "Humanities to Go" program. His talk begins at 11 a.m. and is free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to join club members for coffee and a light breakfast buffet and social time beginning at 9:30 am.
While he talks, Gardner will construct a table-top stone wall, using tiny stones from five-gallon buckets. Gardner will share his 30 years of experience in building, restoring and repairing traditional dry stone walls.
How and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to landscape are among the topics Gardner will address. He'll also touch on the difference between historic and contemporary walls, restoration tips and techniques, design, where to get materials, and preservation.
A question-and-answer period will follow, and participants are encouraged to bring up specific problems or projects on their own properties.
Gardner is also a longtime professional actor, director, and teacher of theater, as well as a producer for N.H. Public Radio.
The Salyards Center for the Arts is located at 110 Main Street in Conway. Ample off-street parking is available. Snow date for the meeting is March 27.
The Mountain Garden Club, a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, holds monthly presentations as part of its mission to promote horticultural education. Membership is open to any full- or part-time resident of the Mount Washington Valley. For more information, visit the club's website at www.mountaingardenclub.org.