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.


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 or the Gardeners Exchange Facebook page, or contact GE co-chair Dina Samfield, 978-448-9311.