SHIRLEY -- Peter George, president of the North American Rock Garden Society, will present a program entitled "Evolution of My Garden, or, How My Garden Proves that There Is No Such Thing as Intelligent Design," on Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at Hazen Memorial Library.

George will use slides and commentary to, in his words, "describe the process of how a middle-aged man living in a rural town with a perfectly flat plot of land learned the pleasure of gardening with small plants and rocks."

The program, the third Gardeners Exchange meeting of the year, will be followed by a members-only plant distribution and sale.

Other upcoming Gardeners Exchange programs include a May 4 field trip to three rock gardens in Petersham, including George's; a May 17 spring garden tour of two Shirley GE members; a June 14 visit to an Italianate garden in Littleton with local author John Hanson Mitchell; a July 19 Shirley members' garden tour and cookout; a July 27 visit to the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls; an Aug. 16 tour of Hillside School Farm and Garden in Marlborough with trips to area nurseries; a Sept. 20 birdbath-making workshop; and, an Oct. 19 end-of-season potluck dinner in the historic Shirley Center Town Hall.

Annual membership dues for the Gardeners Exchange, a local garden club representing several area towns, are $20 per individual or $30 per couple.


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Membership benefits include all events, spring and fall perennials, and discounts at many area nurseries, garden centers and Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

For information, visit http://gardeners-exchange.org or the Gardeners Exchange Facebook page, or contact GE co-chair Dina Samfield, 978-448-9311.