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Discovering New England Stone Walls
March 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Garden Friends of Georgetown are sponsoring this program at the Georgetown Peabody Library with author Kevin Gardner’s talk on Discovering New England Stone Walls.
Kevin’s informal talk covers a few of the main topics of his book about New England stone walls, The Granite Kiss, touching on history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics. He explains 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 the famous New England landscape. Other topics may include: differences in approach between historical and contemporary wall-builders, a discussion of restoration tips and techniques, and information about design, acquisitions of materials, preservation, and analysis. There is always a generous Q and A period during which listeners are encouraged to bring up specific problems or projects on their own properties.
Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.