H: Monday, October 29, 2012

ARSMC Founders' Day reminder




Cost:  $30 per person Reservations required 

Reservations: make out your check to ARSMC and send it to:

Pete Littlefield, 17 Walden Way, Milford, MA 01757 (508.473.4313   email 




We must give the restaurant the number of attendees before the brunch, so be sure to get your checks & reservations in to Pete Littlefield by the deadline.

We will have our brunch again at the Wellesley Papa Razzi  at 16 Washington St., Wellesley, at 11:30.  Papa Razi is just off Route 128 (I-95) at Route 16, heading west.  The menu, like last year's, sounds delicious: fresh fruit platter, assorted breakfast breads, green salad, chicken, pasta, scrambled eggs, bacon, roasted vegetables, and coffee and tea.

Our Dick Brooks Memorial Speaker this year is Stephen Krebs, Director of the Holden Arboretum's David G. Leach Research Station, a satellite facility maintained for horticultural research on a 30-acre property in Madison, Ohio. The Leach Station is staffed and equipped to support extensive and diverse display gardens, in addition to large breeding populations and research plots. The station remains committed to breeding and evaluating superior rhododendrons for continental climates (i.e. cold winters and hot summers). In addition, the traditional breeding program is complemented by a research component focused on adaptations of rhododendrons to biotic and abiotic stresses, such as winter freezing injury to leaves and buds, 'bleaching' of leaves (photoinhibition) under excessive light, and diseases caused by fungal pathogens (Phytophthora root rot and powdery mildew).  Sally Perkins assures us that Steve is a dynamic speaker and great rhodie expert!

We will also have our annual Seed Exchange.  John Perkins has taken on the mantle of selecting and producing the Cross of the Year.  If you have seed to contribute to the exchange, bring your labeled contributions in paper or glassine bags, not plastic bags [thanks Joe Bruso for emphasizing that].


 Directions:  This restaurant is easy to get to, less than a mile from 128/I95.  Take Exit 21A off Route 128 (I-95) at Route 16 West.  Merge shortly with Quinobequin Road.  Turn left on Washington St./ Route 16 and the restaurant is on the left.  16 Washington St.  Ample parking.

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