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!
Nine designers and builders interpret play house structures for Berkshire Botanical Garden’s summer exhibition, “PlayDate: Playhouses in the Garden” on display through September 24.
The PlayDate structures vary in size and theme, from a medieval fortress, to an outdoor transparent “play room” and a cubed, mirrored structure. Other designs include a tree trunk transformed into a hobbit house, a 19th Century shepherd’s wagon, a tee-pee made of saplings, a sanctuary, and an antique aviary tea party. A permanent installation at the Garden, the Martha Stewart Cottage, received a makeover for the exhibition, transforming the traditional garden cottage into a wild woodland themed room inspired by the Garden’s own woodland trail. A total of 11 structures are included in the exhibition.
PlayDate is free with Garden admission and remains on display through September 24.
Read an overview of PlayDate in The Berkshire Edge.
Designers and builders:
Jeffrey All, Allwoodwork, Spencertown, New York
Keylonta – Creation and Consciousness: The Silent Sanctuary
Sit or lie down on the platform to enjoy the meditative space highlighted by a mirrored panel and plexi-glass accent rods.
Berkshire Botanical Garden
Where the Wild Things Are
Originally designed by guest gardener Martha Stewart, this heirloom cottage garden leads you to a wild and wondrous world of plants within, featuring an interior space inspired by BBG’s woodland trail and designed by BBG gardener Lou Kratt.
Robin Berthet, RBC Construction, Inc, Sheffield, MA
Made from a design crafted on Google Sketchup, this 19th century-style shepherd’s hut is made of local cedar, mahogany, and locust. The wheels and chassis were manufactured by Cattail Foundry, an Amish family run foundry in Lancaster, PA. Interior design by Carey Herrington Home + Design of Hillsdale, NY.
Bill Cummings, Becket
Step inside this teepee made of hardwood saplings sheathed with beech branches. This playhouse serves to inspire you to create a similar structure in your own backyard – let your imagination take hold!
Tamarack Garlow, Canaan, New York
Sometimes the Best Playing is Just Sitting
Is it a chair, a playhouse, or both? Enjoy the Garden view from atop this eastern red cedar chair and then hunker down under its rough-cut pine seat to enter the special space below.
Michael King, MPK Design, Sheffield, MA
Living from the Outside In
This outdoor “room” is designed to provide both refuge and transparency for all ages. Over time, it can also be transformed from playhouse to greenhouse to storage facility.
Matt Larkin, Black Barn Farm, Richmond, MA
Antique Aviary Tea Party
This circa 1880s wrought iron antique bird cage invites both song birds and children into its space. Join the tea party created out of a whimsical style incorporating repurposed elements, both manmade and made by nature.
Clarke Olsen, Clarke Olsen Design, Spencertown, NY
Step inside, see what’s outside. This wood, glass, and mirrored structure invites a retrospective approach to viewing the surrounding Garden.
Peter Thorne, West Stockbridge, MA
Inspired by the designer’s grandchildren, this re-imagined medieval fortress is constructed from strong and durable black locust slabs, making it fortified and ready for battle.
Allen Timmons, Backyard Heirlooms, Great Barrington, MA
The Cottage for Kids
All six different sections of this structure are built of recycled cedar fence and stained with environmentally safe latex stains, providing a colorful, and especially “green” space for children.
Allen Timmons, Backyard Heirlooms, Great Barrington, MA
The Grownup Hobbit House
For the hobbit in all of us, a place for meditation and relaxation. This hollowed out giant white pine was hand carved, debarked, sanded, and treated with marine polyurethane. Roof is native white pine with red cedar shakes.
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Fête des Fleurs, when we’ll be joined by friends from Berkshire non-profit cultural organizations to celebrate The Berkshire Eagle.
Friday, July 28, 2017
5:30 p.m. cocktails followed by dinner at 7:00
At the home of Ellen and Chris Greendale, Stockbridge, MA
For additional information and to reserve tickets, please call the Garden:
The Grow Show
Submit your own entries in the show or stop by and take in the talents of regional gardeners, flower designers, and photographers.
This Year Featuring:
House of Flowers
Exhibition hours: August 12, noon – 5 p.m. and August 13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free with Garden admission (check in at the Visitor Center when you arrive.)
All ages and experience levels are welcome to enter this blue-ribbon event!
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.