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The Clark Presents the free lecture “The How, What, and Why: An Exploration into Heirloom Plants and Sustainable Landscape Practices”

For Immediate Release

October 05, 2010

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents “The How, What, and Why: An Exploration into Heirloom Plants and Sustainable Landscape Practices,” a free lecture by Clark grounds manager and horticulturist Matthew Noyes on Sunday, October 24 at 2:00 pm. The event will begin with a lecture in the Clark’s auditorium, followed by a walk around the museum grounds. For those who plan to join the walk, proper outdoor attire is recommended.

In this special lecture, Noyes will uncover the fascinating world of heirloom and native plants found in the Berkshires. He will share seed-saving techniques, demonstrate how land can be both aesthetic and useful, and advise attendees how best to evaluate their own outdoor spaces to create a more sustainable, ecologically friendly landscape. Following the lecture, Noyes will lead a walk up to Stone Hill Center by way of the Nan Path. He will highlight the native trees and invasive exotics on the Clark’s campus and discuss the institution’s future programming for sustainability.

Before arriving at the Clark in 2009, Noyes was the Director of Horticulture at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston Salem, North Carolina, where he managed general landscape maintenance, cultivated the gardens, and implemented the restoration projects of the 50-acre historic district and adjunct properties. He has conducted numerous demonstrations and classes, as well as written articles for Old Salem Museums and Gardens magazine. Noyes, a Williamstown native, holds a BA degree in history from Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts, and an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Horticulture Technology from Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The Clark

Surrounded by 140 acres of expansive lawns, meadows, and walking trails, the Clark is located in a setting of profound natural beauty. Walking trails traverse the property, including trails up historic Stone Hill, which offers a spectacular view of Williamstown and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Picnic tables and benches dot the property, enabling visitors to pause and enjoy the surroundings, and the expansive South Lawn provides an inviting space for free summer band concerts and family festivals.

The Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship, presenting public and education programs and organizing groundbreaking exhibitions. The research and academic programs at the Clark include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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October 24: The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents “The How, What, and Why: An Exploration into Heirloom Plants and Sustainable Landscape Practices,” a free lecture by Clark grounds manager and horticulturalist Matthew Noyes on Sunday, October 24 at 2:00 pm. The event will begin with a lecture in the Clark’s auditorium, followed by a walk around the museum grounds. For those who plan to join the walk, proper outdoor attire is recommended. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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