Hawley rock gardens the focus of June 28 tour
Kim Fitzroy's garden on Forge Hill Road,photographed earlier this spring, will be among the gardens on tour June 28 in Hawley. Submitted photo.
Photo by Kirby "Lark" Thwing (File Photo)
The Hawley Charcoal Kiln and a talk about its history will be part of the Rocks and Gardens Tour of Hawley on June 28..
Kim Fitzroy's garden, photographed earlier this spring, will be part of the Hawley garden tour on June 28. Submitted photo.
HAWLEY — A boulder of Hawley Crowfoot Schist, nestled among the heath in the garden of Melanie and Ray Poudrier, will be among the stoney attractions in this year’s traditional garden tour on June 28, sponsored by the Sons and Daughters of Hawley.
This traditional day of self-guided garden tours has a slightly different theme. It includes the town’s rare pillow rocks, crowsfoot amphibolite, a fieldstone charcoal kiln and the town’s flower-and-stone gardens. This year’s event is called “The Bedrock of our Foundation: Rocks & Gardens of Hawley.”
Highlights of this event include:
∎ River rocks and their place in the town’s geological history. Williams College Professor Bud Wobus, who annually brings his students to Hawley to view the unique outcropping of metamorphosized lava in the Chickley River, will talk about these formations.
∎ Jerry Pratt of Ashfield Stone, will open his unusual stone “boathouse” on Route 8A in Charlemont, near the Hawley border, to talk about Hawley’s rare pillow rocks, crowfoot stones and more. His company quarries stone, which is made into counter tops, garden benches and other items.
∎ The Charcoal Kiln, where Alec Gillman of state Department of Conservation and Recreation will discuss one of the oldest remaining fieldstone charcoal kilns in New England. Until about 1900, it produced charcoal fuel for local industry. The 25-foot-high kiln held about 25 cords of wood, with a burn time of one week.
A buffet luncheon will be served at Melanie and Ray Poudrier’s home, Stone Edge, in East Hawley at 12:30 p.m. Wobus will be there as well, both for lunch and to answer questions about rocks and outcroppings.
Tickets are $10 for the tour and $12 for the luncheon, with proceeds to benefit the Sons and Daughters organization.
Coordinators recommend people come for coffee between 9 and 9:30 a.m., in a tent at the corner of Pudding Hollow Road and Middle Road (off Route 8A/West Hawley Road) around 9 a.m., then start the tour around 9:30.
Eight garden tours are listed on the brochure, with speakers scheduled at some of the locations. For tickets and brochures, call Pamela Shrimpton at 339-4091; Melanie Poudrier at 339-5347 or Lorraine McCarthy at 339-4903.