The Kiss of Granite

The Nashua Garden Club invites fellow New Englanders to its November 6th program, The Kiss of Granite, to be presented by Kevin Gardner, stone wall builder for 40 years and author of “The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls”. Since publication of his book, he has also become a frequent speaker at New England historical societies, bookstores and libraries as well as distinct venues including the Canterbury Shaker Village, Castle-in-the-Clouds, Old Sturbridge Village and Boston’s Arnold Arboretum. 

Mr. Gardner will discuss a number of key topics addressed in his book including how and why New England came to acquire its 1000s of miles of stone walls, ways in which these walls and other dry stone structures were built, how styles emerged and then evolved and the significance of these structures to our famous New England landscape. You will also hear about the distinction between historical and contemporary wall-builders, a bit about restoration techniques and ongoing preservation activities. While keeping listeners captivated with his stories and information, Mr. Gardner will actually build a miniature wall using tiny stones from a 5-gallon bucket.

Join Garden Club members on Wed., Nov. 6th at 7 PM at the First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester Street, Nashua to learn and to watch the creation of an actual, little stone wall. If you have taken on stone structure projects of your own, you are encouraged to bring questions.

Members: Free Nonmembers: $5.00 Light refreshments will be served. For more info: www.nashuanhgardenclub.org