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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!

Jun
3
Fri
Benched @ Berkshire Botanical
Jun 3 @ 9:15 pm – Sep 15 @ 10:15 pm
Jun
9
Thu
Madcap Tour of Midtown Manhattan Pocket Parks with Landscape Architect David Dew Bruner @ Offsite: New York City
Jun 9 @ 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Participants will have the option to meet at Grand Central Station at 11 am or to travel with BBG trip-leader Elisabeth Cary from Wassaic, NY, taking Metro-North to Grand Central Terminal. Departure time from Wassaic is 8:25 am. Return to Wassaic at approximately 5:50 pm.

Cost of program does not include train fare or lunch.

Join award-winning landscape architect David Dew Bruner for a lively walking tour of midtown Manhattan with a focus on open spaces and vest-pocket parks. Many of the spaces this class will explore are known as mitigation spaces and were acquired by the city of New York from developers who were given zoning variances. These parks contribute small but important open spaces throughout midtown. Led by the former deputy administrator of Riverside Park, this class (limited in size by the nature of the tour) will visit these spaces, as well as a few accessible private garden spaces. Starting at Grand Central Station, the group then heads northward through midtown to a multitude of gardens and open spaces, including ones at the Ford Foundation, Grace Plaza, Rockefeller Center, Greenacres Park, the Villard Houses, Paley Park, and Exxon Passageway,  grabbing a quick lunch along the way before returning to Grand Central Station. This will be a long and rewarding day, but participants should be prepared to walk for the majority of the afternoon with occasional rests on benches at some of the sites.

David Dew Bruner, ASLA, is an award-winning landscape architect and fine artist with over 35 years of experience, ranging from Deputy Administrator of Riverside Park, NYC, to amusement park design, historical restoration, and all scales of residential design. Originally from New Orleans, he has a BLA and a BFA from LSU as well as a MLA from the University of Massachusetts.

16.6.09 Pocket parks of NYC Greenacres

Jun
18
Sat
From a Designer’s View: Edith Wharton’s The Mount @ Offsite: The Mount, Lenox, MA
Jun 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Participants should meet in the parking lot of The Mount, Lenox, MA. Dress for outdoors with sturdy walking shoes.

Tour the gardens at The Mount, the estate designed and built by writer Edith Wharton in neighboring Lenox at the turn of the century, and see this important historical garden through the eyes of landscape architect Walter Cudnohufsky, whose popular informative tours are not to be missed.

In her time, Wharton was an authority on European landscape design and a passionate gardener who envisioned her gardens as an elegant series of outdoor rooms. She planned them to work in concert with the house and the surrounding natural landscape. The three acres of formal gardens that surround the house were part of a four-year garden restoration and have been replanted with flowering shrubs and the many varieties of native ferns that Wharton personally collected on expeditions around the Berkshires. The gardens include an Italian walled garden; a formal flower garden; a rock garden; a lime walk; and grass terraces. Wharton designed and built The Mount in 1902, based on the principles outlined in her influential book, The Decoration of Houses (1897), co-authored with assisting architect Ogden Codman, Jr.

As Walt shares his insights into the design principles that make the gardens at The Mount successful, participants will take part in a detailed and lively group discussion, learning about garden design as a set of planned relationships and an exercise in restraint. The walking workshop will focus on the ten important garden design principles set forth in Walt’s soon-to-be-published book. This experience will allow participants to understand and appreciate the landscape around them in a deeper manner.

Walter Cudnohufsky, MLA, is a long-time dedicated teacher. Having founded and for 20 years directed the nationally acclaimed Conway (MA) School of Landscape Design, he has honed a reasoned approach to planning and design. Currently, his firm is engaged in numerous and diverse planning/design projects throughout the region.

16.6.18 Designers View The Mount 1

Jul
14
Thu
The Evolution of a Landscape: The Garden of Lee Link @ Offsite: Sharon, CT
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come tour the fabulous Sharon, CT, garden of Lee Link and learn how this creative hillside garden has changed over the years to meet the needs and interest of this talented plantswoman. From its cedar greenhouse to the terraced gardens replete with rills and borders that playfully combine edible and ornamentals plants, this living landscape is filled with ideas that are sure to inspire us to move our own gardens forward. Horticulturist Bridget Lynch, who also works with Bunny Williams at her garden in nearby Falls Village, will lead this insider’s tour of one the Northwest corners’ most beloved gardens. 

Directions to Lee Link’s garden are available upon registration.

Aug
2
Tue
Large and Small: Two Gardens (Maywood and the Garden of Peter Wooster) That Take Their Cues from the Connecticut Landscape @ Offsite: Bridgewater and Roxbury, CT
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

(10:00am – 2:30pm is time onsite in CT)
Travel  directions will be e-mailed one week prior to the program.

Visit two remarkable garden gems in the lower Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. One large and one small, both filled with inspiration. First, in the morning, the tour will meet head gardener Greg Bollard for an insider’s view of Maywood Garden, a private estate located in Bridgewater, on the southernmost edge of Litchfield County. In this garden, classic architecture combines with traditional garden style, as the garden beds and borders unfold across the property and link to Maywood’s panoramic view of the Berkshire foothills. The formally structured gardens surrounding the main residence lead out to more naturalized gardens and woodland trails. Additionally, various production gardens and an extensive greenhouse are integrated into the 40-acre landscape, providing fresh-cut flowers, vegetables, and field crops, which are available for sale at the Bridgewater Village Store. Greg will share how the Maywood staff work to prioritize sound agricultural practices and stewardship of the land that encourage wildlife through the use of IPM (Integrated Pest Management), bee-keeping, and the planting of an array of berry-producing species to attract birds to the garden’s bluebird trail. 

From Maywood, the tour travels north to the garden of Peter Wooster, a revered jewel-of-a-garden in Roxbury, Connecticut, that has been long-admired for its intimate design and incredible collection of plants. Rob Girard, gardener extraordinaire (and a contributor to BBG’s Contained Exuberance show this summer) will take us on a tour through this four-square garden. Begun more than 25 years ago as a collector’s garden by architect and landscape designer Peter Wooster, the original guiding principle was “We’ll take one of everything”. Over time it became recognized for its great plantsmanship and unusual perennials, shrubs, annuals, and exotics, as well as for its simple but elegant architectural form. Covering only a half acre, there are six large, rectangular beds framed by grass paths with a border that ties it all together. The paths serve to contain the mixed English border-style plantings that have been referred to as ‘a botanical zoo’. Over the years, the maturing trees and shrubs have turned what was once a mostly sunny perennial garden into a mostly woody garden with a change in scale and light. The plantings have evolved to support the changing conditions, fostering the garden’s diversity while continuing to be of great interest to visitors and still maintaining its primacy as an organizing point for this artful collector’s garden.

16.8.02 Mayood garden & Peter Wooster

Aug
12
Fri
Birds of Prey with Tom Ricardi, Wildlife Rehabilitator @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

This program is free for members and children under 12; free with BBG admission for non-members.

Join wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi for his ever popular presentation on birds of prey. In this program designed for all ages, Tom will share the natural history of these magnificent raptors, demonstrate some of their unique behaviors, and inspire children of all ages to appreciate, respect, and conserve these important members of our wild kingdom.  

Tom Ricardi is a licensed rehabilitator and wildlife biologist. He runs Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center in Conway, MA, and is now retired after 40 years of service as a Massachusetts Environmental Conservation police officer.

Aug
19
Fri
The Caterpillar Lab @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 19 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

This program is free for members and children under 12; free with BBG admission for non-members.

The Caterpillar Lab, a nationally acclaimed natural science organization based in Keene, NJ, is making a long-awaited visit to the BBG to introduce us to some lesser known native creatures that are often just outside of our own back doors. The program will include an array of caterpillars, voraciously munching on the plants that provide them with the sustenance essential to their growth and development. An educator from The Caterpillar Lab will teach us about caterpillar biology and the incredible but true stories about the strange and surprising adaptations of these curious baby Lepidoptera. From the camouflaged coverings that make them look like twigs or snakes and stinging spines that protect and hide them from predators to other species with strong mandibles and urticating hairs or bristles that help ensure their survival, caterpillars will be seen in a whole new light.

The Caterpillar Lab helps open people’s eyes to the natural value of their backyards, neighborhoods, and green spaces. By increasing their audience’s excitement for and investment in local natural surroundings, The Caterpillar Lab hopes to inspire people to make more caring and thoughtful decisions, not just about the natural world, but about their communities as a whole. Learn more on The Caterpillar Lab’s website. Visit the Lab’s Facebook page, “The Caterpillar Lab,” for exciting caterpillar photos and stories, updated weekly.

Aug
26
Fri
Frogs and Turtles of Berkshire County @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

This program is free for members and children under 12; free with BBG admission for non-members.

This program is designed for all ages and highlights some of the least known and most fascinating animals of our backyard. The illustrated talk will include methods of identifying frogs and turtles, details about their distinctive biology, and interesting facts about their behaviors and the methods these elusive creatures use to protect themselves and reproduce. Professor Tom Tyning will encourage families to get to know these shy and retiring animals and will have a few live frogs on hand to greet visitors. 

Tom Tyning is Professor of Environmental Science at Berkshire Community College. He specializes in reptiles and amphibians in his research and actively researches local rattlesnake populations.

Sep
1
Thu
Ariella Chezar: The Flower Workshop @ Zonneveld Farm, Columbia County, NY
Sep 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Participants will meet at Zonneveld Farm (directions sent upon registration).

Join nationally recognized floral artist Ariella Chezar for an inspiring and informative program on flower arranging.  The program will take place at Zonneveld Farm in Columbia County, NY, where Ariella will lead a tour of her cut-flower farm. She will demonstrate how to condition and arrange freshly cut flowers in the wild and unstructured style for which she is know. Using information from her latest book, The Flower Workshop, Ariella will lead participants through the basics of flower arranging.  Following the walk, talk, and flower-arranging demonstration, she will sell and sign her inspiring new book.

Ariella Chezar is a nationally recognize flower arranger.  She is best known for a free flowing, wild style and has championed this growing trend in flower arranging.  In 2014 she started Zonneveld Farm, located in Columbia County, NY, where she cultivates  much of what she uses for her arrangements and workshops. Ariella’s flowers are sustainably grown, and she is committed to using organic techniques on her farm.

Oct
8
Sat
Harvest Festival @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 8 – Oct 9 all-day

Save the Date!

Berkshire Botanical Garden’s 2016 Harvest Festival will be held Columbus Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday October 8th and 9th!

About the FestivalKids activites

For generations the Harvest Festival has been a cherished tradition in the Berkshires. It is one of the largest and longest running events of its kind in the county and 2015 event had the largest attendance ever with more than 12,000 visitors to the event. Proceeds from the event support educational programs at the Garden.

The Festival is a family-friendly celebration of community, showcasing local crafters & artists, non-stop entertainment, artisan food producers and food trucks. (See listing at the links below.)

It also features a silent auction and giant tag sales including — Housewares, the Opportunity Clothing Shop, Country Bazaar, Accessorize!, a Jewelry Boutique, and a Plant, Bulb a and Garden Accessory Sale — as well as a farmers market and zillions of kids activities, including a haunted house.

And don’t forget to check our new Botanical Garden section with the Educational Workshops and Demos, the Garden’s own Farm Camp, Hall of Pumpkins and much more.

If interested in being a vendor an entertainer, or providing an activity for kids. please contact Dana Audia, the Festival producer at daudia@berkshirebotanical.org., or call the Office: 413 298 3926.

Become a Festival Volunteer. Visit the volunteer page for available job descriptions and to learn how you can help. To volunteer, contact Cynthia Grippaldi at 413 298 3926.

Below are links to some of last year’s fun!

Stage Entertainment (and more)

Kids Activity List

Educational workshops Schedule 

Complete Vendor List (with links)

Harvest Festival Map

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