On March 25th, The Marblehead Conservancy held its Annual Meeting in the Abbot Library Meeting Room with guest speaker, Mark Richardson, Director of Horticulture for the New England Wildflower Society.
Mr. Richardson oversees the Society’s botanic garden, Garden in the Woods in Framingham, and its native plant nursery operation, Nasami Farm in Whately, MA. He studied ornamental horticulture at the University of Rhode Island while helping to run a midsize ornamental plant nursery before finding his true passion in public horticulture. Mr. Richardson led undergraduate programs at Longwood Gardens, where he directed a curriculum overhaul of the Professional Gardener Program and adult education at Brookside Gardens. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program. For his talk, Mark writes:
“Not all native plants are created equal – in fact, individual plants of the same species can show a wide range of traits and local adaptations. This is especially true of unique coastal environments like Marblehead. The best way to ensure that the plants we grow in our gardens will thrive and support local ecosystems is to source them locally. New England Wild Flower Society’s Nasami Farm does just that; we grow (mostly) native plants from seed of known provenance that we collect sustainably throughout New England. Learn how this practice will build a more resilient landscape at Garden in the Woods and how you can make better decisions about which plants are most suitable for your gardens in Marblehead.”
Be sure to arrive early to enjoy a display of Dennis Curtin’s photographs in the adjacent Virginia A. Carten Gallery – pictures of wildflowers found in Marblehead along the old rail bed.