Roger Swain to Speak at
2005 Annual Meeting
"The Man in the Red Suspenders" will be the keynote speaker at this year's Annual Meeting of the Newton Conservators on Wednesday, June 1, at Post 440 in Nonantum.
Roger Swain, a resident of Newton Highlands and a member for several years of the Conservators' Board of Advisors, will speak about trends in farming and gardening, with particular reference to community farming and the impending acquisition of Angino Farm by the city.
Roger Swain is best known as the host of "The Victory Garden" on PBS, a position he held for 15 years. Recently, he returned to television as co-host of a new program, shown locally on Channel 56, called "People, Places and Plants," created by the magazine of the same name.
Since 1978, Roger has been science editor of Horticulture Magazine, writing regularly on a variety of topics. He is the author of several books about gardening and horticulture, including Earthly Pleasures, The Practical Gardener, Field Days, Saving Graces, and Groundwork, and contributor to many more. As storyteller and lecturer, he is in wide demand, speaking at garden shows, garden clubs, and other venues.
In 1992, Swain received the American Horticulture Society Award for Writing and in 1996, he was awarded the Massachusetts Horticulture Society's Gold Medal for his "power to inspire others." He is a graduate of Harvard College and earned a PhD for his study of the behavior of ants in tropical rain forests. But it is his work with plants that has made Roger Swain one of this country's most highly regarded authorities on gardening.
In addition to their Newton residence, Roger and his wife own a working farm in southern New Hampshire. So he brings his own honest, personal experience to the topic of farming. His observations on the art and science of farming, along with the trends, benefits, and consequences associated with community farming, will be a treat for all who attend. And, of course, the timing couldn't be better, as we continue on many levels the work needed to complete the Angino Farm acquisition and plan for operation of the farm.
Be sure not to miss this timely and inspirational talk by our Newton neighbor and America's most popular gardening enthusiast.
Thanks to Newtonville Camera for their technical support of photographic presentations at the Conservators annual dinners.