Somerville Garden Club

Meeting – April 12, 2017

Shona Stone Sculptures in the Garden

The Shona people of Zimbabwe are well known for the originality and beauty of their stone carvings. Many of these sculptures have been featured in botanical gardens and sculpture parks throughout the world. Rosemary Chimbganda of Zimbabwe, an expert on and importer and retailer of Shona sculpture, and Susan Miller, a Somerville gardener whose garden highlights Shona sculpture, will share their knowledge of Shona sculpture as well as present photos and video(s) of Shona garden sculpture and the sculpting process.

Rosemary Chimbganda grew up in Zimbabwe where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Economics before moving to USA more than 32 years ago. She studied computer science at Northeastern and Boston University. Rosemary was a successful computer programmer and software consultant for many years. In 2003, her growing passion for the Zimbabwe stone sculpture won her over and she now travels around the country promoting and selling the sculptures. She is also a real estate agent with Keller Williams’s realty.

Susan Miller has been in private practice as a learning disability specialist for over 20 years, having previously worked in a school for emotionally disturbed children as well as a school for the deaf. Her work now includes assessing and tutoring children with language based learning disabilities in reading, math and writing. After meeting Rosemary Chimbganda last year, Susan became obsessed with learning about and owning Shona stone sculptures.

All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. 7-9pm. Meetings are held the at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.

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