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There is something for everyone at the Berkshire Botanical Garden.  Below is a list of our scheduled events classes, and exhibits.  For details on any individual listing, just click on the event for more information.  If you still have questions, feel free to call the garden at 413.298.3926.  See you at the Garden!

Apr
8
Sat
Spring Pruning Of Woody Ornamental Plants
Apr 8 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Spring is a great time to assess woody shrubs for shape, structure, and winter damage. This offsite workshop will focus on learning by doing. Ron Yaple, noted arborist and owner of Race Mountain Tree Services in Sheffield, MA, will demonstrate how to renovate, rejuvenate, and shape shrubs and small ornamental trees for structure, health, and optimal growth. Plants covered will include viburnums, lilacs, witch hazels, deciduous azaleas, sweet shrubs, crab apples, and ornamental cherries. Following the demonstration, participants will work in small groups to properly assess and prune a wide selection of plants commonly found in the home landscape.
Ron Yaple, owner of Race Mountain Tree Services in Sheffield, MA, has developed a regional reputation as a premier arborist. He is a dedicated and knowledgeable teacher of arboriculture.
For more information and to register, click here.
Apr
22
Sat
Great Gardens of the Italian Lake District @ Italian Lake District
Apr 22 all-day

Tour Arranged by Classical Excursions—April 22-29, 2017

The Italian lakes have seduced travelers since the time of the ancient Romans, who made them a favorite holiday destination, building villas along the shores or near them.  Later on, the lakes enchanted and inspired travelers on the Grand Tour – among these were Byron, Stendhal, Rossini, Bellini, Shelley, Turner, Liszt, Dickens and Henry James, who wrote to his sister Alice, “One can’t describe the beauty of the Italian lakes, nor would one try if one could…it lay before me…the long gleam of the Major [Lake Maggiore]…”

With these glorious descriptions in mind, the Berkshire Botanical Garden invites you to join an eight-day excursion arranged by Classical Excursions of some of the most breathtakingly beautiful gardens and scenery in all of Italy, on Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Verona and surrounding areas.

Judith Chatfield, veteran Italian garden expert, lecturer and author, will introduce you to the captivating villa and garden magic of the Lombardian lake region.  Retrace the steps of centuries of travelers to experience such villa and garden sights as Isola Madre, Isola Bella, Villa Taranto, Villa San Remigio, Villa Carlotta, Villa Balbianello, Villa della Porta Bozzolo, to name just a few.  Lunch at Villa Giusti, Grand Hotel Villa d’Este, Villa Cicogna, Villa Rizzardi and others.

Judith Chatfield is a lecturer and author of such books as A Tour of Italian Gardens and The Classic Italian Garden; she lived in Italy for a number of years. Over the years, Judith has lead many tours of Italian villas and gardens. For further information, contact Lani Summerville, director of Classical Excursions, at 413-446-8728, lani@classicalexcursions.com. Tour price $3,700 per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement available.

For a complete description of the tour, click here.

Tour leader Judith Chatfield will speak at BBG in November. More details to follow.

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Apr
29
Sat
Transplanting Shrubs And Planting Small Ornamental Trees – Free Class
Apr 29 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Certified Arborist Ken Gooch, the Forest Health Program Director for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation, shows that the best way of learning is by doing in this hands-on shrub and tree planting and transplanting workshop. All aspects of successful planting will be demonstrated as participants assist in transplanting and properly siting a multi-stem shrub and in planting a small tree. Learn how to successfully time the transplanting of shrubs to create minimal disturbance to the plant’s life cycle and to ensure a smooth transition to its new site. The differences between bare-root, container-grown, and balled-and-burlapped trees will also be demystified. Bring work gloves and dress for the weather.
Ken Gooch, Forest Health Program Director for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation, is a Massachusetts Certified Arborist. He is a long-time instructor for the Berkshire Botanical Garden.
For more information and to register, click here.  This is a free class 
May
6
Sat
Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers Of The Northeast
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Starting with a lecture highlighting the wildflowers of New England’s natural habitats, including alpine summits, forests, meadows, wetlands, and coastal environments, Garden in the Wood’s staff botanist Ted Elliman will also take the class on an optional walking tour of Stockbridge’s Ice Glen, just minutes down the road. Based on Elliman’s research for his book, The Wildflowers of New England, the talk will focus on spring-flowering plants that will be in (or almost in) bloom in the forests and meadows of the Berkshires. After the lecture, attendees can have their books signed by the author, before heading off to hike the trails of the Ice Glen, where he will identify the plants along the path of the mossy ravine and answer any questions about the local flora.
Ted Elliman has worked for the New England Wild Flower Society as a staff botanist, invasive species program manager, and as an instructor of botany, ecology, and conservation classes. His book, The Wildflowers of New England, an identification guide to much of the region’s native flora, was published in 2016 by Timber Press. In the 1980’s, Ted started and directed an environmental education and wilderness adventure center in the Berkshires. Since the mid-1990’s, he has periodically led natural history tours to southwest China, where he worked for two years as a teacher and forest ecologist.
For more information and to register, click here.
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
Good Stuff

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 

Jun
14
Wed
Annual Field Trip: Dale Chihuly at The New York Botanical Garden @ New York Botanical Garden
Jun 14 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Dress for the weather: comfortable, sturdy footwear and warm, waterproof outerwear, umbrella

Bring a bag lunch (limited access to a garden cafe is available at the entrance to NYGB for those wishing to purchase lunch).

Coach bus leaves Berkshire Botanical Garden promptly at 8am.

Join the staff of BBG and landscape architect David Dew Bruner for a special tour of the New York Botanical Garden at the height of its early summer bloom. In addition to the amazing gardens and plant specimens (with expert plant advice provided by BBG staff), this trip is scheduled to view the much anticipated installations created specifically for NYBG’s landscape and architecture by world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. David Dew Bruner, an award-winning landscape architect and fine artist, will be our tour guide for this portion of the trip. He will show us the dramatic installations inspired by Chihuly’s exploration of the contrast between glass and environment. Physical expressions of the light, the Chihuly works will be distributed across NYBG’s 250-acre National Historic Landmark landscape, including within the Garden’s Haupt Conservatory, itself considered a work of glass art. This trip, a great way to spend a day with like-minded garden and art lovers, is not to be missed.

For more information and to register, click here.

Jul
5
Wed
The Garden in Watercolors Session I: En Plein Air Watercolor Painting in the Summer Garden @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Jul 5 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Session I: Wednesdays, July 5 – 26, 10 am – 1 pm
Click here for materials list.

Seeing and painting the garden en plein air is the subject of this class. Students of all levels are welcome in either or both sessions; no experience is necessary. The first session will focus on drawing forms, finding compositions and simple, direct color schemes. Composition will be stressed. Each class will begin with an introduction and demonstration by the instructor and then move into the garden to paint, with the instructor circulating among the students to provide input and answer questions. You can attend the whole series or pick and choose individual classes; however, everyone is encouraged to attend the first meeting, when the basics of watercolor, paint, brushes and paper will be explained.
Ann Kremers is an artist and calligrapher whose work is currently focused on watercolor and drawing media. She has received commissions for paintings, drawings, illustrated and calligraphed citations and awards, artists’ books and botanical drawings. Ann lives in Bennington, VT, and teaches throughout Berkshire County. Examples of her work can be viewed at www.annkremers.com.

For more information and to register, click here.

Aug
2
Wed
The Garden in Watercolors Session II: En Plein Air Watercolor Painting in the Summer Garden @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Session II: Wednesdays, August 2 – 23, 10 am – 1 pm
Seeing and painting the garden en plein air is the subject of this class. Students of all levels are welcome in either or both sessions; no experience is necessary. The first session will focus on drawing forms, finding compositions and simple, direct color schemes. Composition will be stressed. Each class will begin with an introduction and demonstration by the instructor and then move into the garden to paint, with the instructor circulating among the students to provide input and answer questions. You can attend the whole series or pick and choose individual classes; however, everyone is encouraged to attend the first meeting, when the basics of watercolor, paint, brushes and paper will be explained.
Ann Kremers is an artist and calligrapher whose work is currently focused on watercolor and drawing media. She has received commissions for paintings, drawings, illustrated and calligraphed citations and awards, artists’ books and botanical drawings. Ann lives in Bennington, VT, and teaches throughout Berkshire County. Examples of her work can be viewed at www.annkremers.com.

For more information and to register, click here.

Aug
14
Mon
Basic Drawing: Observing Nature with Graphite Pencil @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This class meets Monday & Tuesday, August 14 & 15, 10 am – 4 pm.
Click here for materials list.
For all levels; beginners encouraged

Drawing is a great way to observe nature and have fun recording what you see. However, it may cease to be fun if you aren’t sure about how to begin or can’t achieve the likeness of your subject that you would like. This two-day drawing workshop will give you the basic concepts and skills to get started. Under the guidance of Carol Ann Morley, you will learn how to look at the natural world and give shape and definition to your subject. Through graphite shading techniques you will understand how to accurately render some basic shapes that underlie any subject you choose to draw from a plant to landscape, giving depth and meaning to your art. Open to any level student from beginner to those with drawing skills.
Carol Ann Morley is an illustrator and dedicated teacher of botanical illustration working in Dover, NH. She founded the Botanical Art Illustration Certificate Program at the New York Botanical Garden and teaches illustration there and at other botanical gardens.

For more information and to register, click here.

Aug
16
Wed
Drawing Nature: A Visual Narrative @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This class meets Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, August 16, 17 & 18, 10 am – 4 pm.
A materials list is available here.

Drawing is a great way to observe nature and have fun recording what you see. However, it may cease to be fun if you aren’t sure about how to begin or can’t achieve the likeness of your subject that you would like. This two-day drawing workshop will give you the basic concepts and skills to get started. Under the guidance of Carol Ann Morley, you will learn how to look at the natural world and give shape and definition to your subject. Through graphite shading techniques you will understand how to accurately render some basic shapes that underlie any subject you choose to draw from a plant to landscape, giving depth and meaning to your art. Open to any level student from beginner to those with drawing skills.
Carol Ann Morley is an illustrator and dedicated teacher of botanical illustration working in Dover, NH. She founded the Botanical Art Illustration Certificate Program at the New York Botanical Garden and teaches illustration there and at other botanical gardens.

For more information and to register, click here.

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