Education

Since our founding, Education has been at the core of the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s mission.  Our workshops, lectures and certificate programs are designed for all types of gardeners from the most novice, to the seasoned professional.  For detailed information on our registration and cancelation policy, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

May
19
Fri
Plant Sale 2017 @ Berkshire Botanical Gardens
May 19 – May 20 all-day

What better way to say hello to spring than with PLANTS AND ANSWERS, our 40th annual Plant Sale.  We’ve hand picked and grown some of our favorite plant selections and new varieties this year – you won’t want to miss it! 

If you would like to volunteer for this event or are interested in becoming a vendor, contact info@berkshirebotanical.org or call 413.298.3926 ext. 10. 

For a complete list of volunteer positions, and to sign up, click HERE.

New Dates for 2017!
Friday, May 19:
9 -11 am: Members-only early buying privileges

11 am -5 pm: Open to the general public
Saturday, May 20:
9 am -5 pm: Open to the general public

Free admission and free parking!


Located on the grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden at the junction of
Routes 102 and 
183, Stockbridge, MA. GPS address: 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA

Donations Welcomed!
Donate your unwanted garden and patio items for the tag sale. Donated items must be in good condition and in working order, ready to resell. Drop off at the Garden Mon-Fri, through May 7. Donations are tax-deductible.

2017 Plant Sale Vendors
We look forward to welcoming vendors from near and far, who offer a wide range of items for plant lovers to enjoy.  This year’s vendors include:

JK Custon Furniture
Naga Bakehouse
Oesco, Inc.
Rustic Woodcraft
The Clayground
Zyra Clay Studio
Thompson Goat Farm
Great Stuff
Farm at Miller’s Crossing
Northeast Native Seeds
Blueberry Hill Cafe
Sundae’s Best Chocolate Fudge
The Peach Tree

 

Silent Auction
Bid on specialty plants, wall gardens, green services and more. . .

Get a jump-start on the season at the iconic BBG (Be-a-Better-Gardener!) Plant Sale. We’ll have thousands of plants to choose from, including 180+ species and cultivars of native plants!
For a complete list of plants, click here:  Plant Sale 2017 

Each year, BBG’s staff posts their favorite Plant Sale Picks!
See this year’s list!

Oct
22
Sun
Extending the Season’s Harvest Growing Vegetables for Four Seasons @ Offsite in Tyringham, MA
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Lecture/offsite field study to Woven Roots Farm, Tyringham, MA (co-enrolled with Horticulture Certificate Program)

Learn how to extend the season’s harvest to enjoy your own garden greens throughout the late fall and early spring months. Consider growing under cover in an unheated greenhouse, cold frame or high/low poly tunnels, and learn techniques needed to achieve a true four-season harvest. Investigate a variety of structures and learn the pros and cons of each. Crop selection, soil preparation, timing, planting, cultivation and harvesting will be covered, with a focus on early and late season production. Following the lecture, Pete will lead a field study to Woven Roots Farm in Tyringham, MA, and will explain season-extension structures and the various growing techniques.

Peter Salinetti owns Woven Roots Farm, a small family farm and CSA that grows vegetables and culinary herbs using traditional farming practices. For over 10 years they have grown local produce for Berkshire County families. Their vegetables are grown using environmentally sustainable gardening practices, and they produce amazing top-quality, delicious produce. Both Peter and his wife Jen are committed to raising awareness about the importance of the local food supply, along with teaching technical information on how to do so. They have lectured on growing food for both NOFA and other regional organizations.

September 21 Extending the Harvest

Advance Registration – is required for all classes, workshops and field trips.  We recommend registering early to ensure a place in the desired event.  You may register on this website (unless otherwise stated) by phone by calling 413.298.3926, in person by stopping by our administrative offices.

Cancellations:  If a class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment or weather, we will refund  your full registration fee. We will try to contact you in advance using the number you provide on the registration form.  Cancellations will e announced on our answering machine – call 413.298.3926 for updates and info after office hours.

Withdrawals:  To withdraw your registration for a class, please contact us as soon as possible so we can make your space available to others.  If you give us at least 7 days notice prior to the event, we will refund your fee less a $15 administration charge.  Please note:  we cannot offer refunds for withdrawals less than 7 days before a class.

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