Hands On: Stone Walls and Stone or Brick Paving
Nothing classes up a property like a bit of stone hardscape. It is that rarity in design—a thing that is at once humble and grand (indoors, a fine old wood floor makes a similar contribution). This Saturday (or, in case of rain, Sunday), at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, Mark Mendel (left), the master mason with Monterey Masonry will give a hands-on workshop on the basics of building stone walls. After teaching us how to evaluate stone, then plan and layout a freestanding wall, Mendel will demonstrate cutting and fitting. Then students will apply what they have just learned by helping to build a garden wall.
In the afternoon, Mendel will continue with another program that focuses on flatwork—paths, terraces, edging, walkways—and his range of materials will now extend to include brick. After instruction in how to evaluate a project and choose the best material for it, students will participate in the construction of a patterned brick terrace.
Saturday, April 26 (or, in case of rain, Sunday, April 27)
Morning workshop (9 a.m. - 1 p.m): “Stone Walls for the Garden”
Afternoon workshop (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.): “Paving with Brick and Stone”
Half day, $50 ($45 for Botanical Gardens members); full day, $90 ($81 for members)
Dress: outdoor work clothes, heavy-duty gloves, and safety glasses.
Berkshire Botanical Gardens
Intersection Routes 102 & 183; Stockbridge; 413.298.3926