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!

Growing Garlic @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This lecture on growing garlic by local garden guru Ron Kujawski—comes just in time for planting a garlic crop. Ron will inspire, entertain, and inform gardeners about how to grow the best garlic in town. Each student will go home with a selection of cloves of Ron’s favorite picks for Berkshire County and the local environs. Ron will cover the subject from clove to scape, from selecting varieties and optimal growing conditions, to planting and cultivation, as well as curing and storage. Attendees will be given insight into growing other allium species, including shallots, leeks and onions. 

Ron Kujawski is the former Landscape and Nursery Specialist for UMass Cooperative Extension. He is a garden writer, educator, and researcher in IPM, plant nutrition, and soil science. He teaches for the horticultural industry throughout New England.


The Gardens of Greater Philadelphia Study Tour @ Greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 13 @ 7:30 am – Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm

This members only excursion departs Thursday, October 13 at 7:30am from BBG and returns Saturday, October 15 at 7pm. 

Cost: $975. A deposit of $400 is due upon registration.

To register, call 413-298-3926, x 10 or x15.

Click here to download Registration Form and here to download Tour Contract.

Join Garden staff Elisabeth Cary and Dorthe Hviid for a BBG members three-day Study Tour to Greater Philadelphia. The cornerstone of this trip includes attendance at the Perennial Plant Conference held at the extraordinary Scott Arboretum, located on the campus of Swarthmore College. Attended by professionals and avid home gardeners from the northeast and mid-Atlantic states, this conference is by far the most sophisticated, cutting-edge gardening conference held on the East Coast. This three-day trip includes transportation, tours of exceptional gardens both public and private, and admission to a world-class gardening conference. There will also be a bit of free time for relaxing and resting weary feet! On the return trip, the group will make a side trip to Terrain, the fabulous garden life-style store located in Glen Mills, PA. The staff is eager to share this wonderful gardening adventure with you.

Included in the cost:

  • Motor-coach transportation 
  • Registration fees for attendance of the Perennial Plant Conference at Swarthmore College (2016 speakers include Cassian Schmidt, Director of Hermannshof, the seminal German naturalistic botanical garden; Seattle-based landscape designer Richard Hartlage; Canadian garden personality Larry Hodgson; Peter Zale, Curator of Plants at Longwood Garden; Jessica Walliser, author of  Attracting Beneficial Bugs to the Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control; and Jared Barnes of NC State University Department of Horticulture)
  • Tours of one private garden as well as Chanticleer Garden, Longwood Garden, and The Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College.
  • A two-night stay (double occupancy) at the Radnor Hotel on Philadelphia’s Main Line in Wayne, PA, conveniently located near area gardens 
  • All breakfasts and lunches
  • Wine reception

Evening meals are on your own; a variety of different restaurants are located within walking distance of the hotel.

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Gardening with Native Plant Communities @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This class meets on Thursdays, October 13, 20, 27 & , November 3 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. It is co-enrolled with Horticulture Certificate Program.

This course, led by sustainable gardening expert and Altamont Estate garden manager Brad Roeller, will help students better understand the principles and practices of ecological gardening with a focus on native plant communities. Students will be introduced to the native plant palette, resources needed to identify these communities and habitats, and methods of introducing native plants into gardens. Methods of identifying and controlling invasive species, in addition to restoring areas overrun by invasive plants, will also be addressed. Gardeners will learn how to enhance garden spaces incorporating native plants (as well as well-behaved non-natives) that create sustainable, attractive, and low maintenance gardens.

This course is co-enrolled with the Horticulture Certificate Program.

Brad Roeller is a private landscape garden supervisor for Altamont Estate in New York. He is the former Garden Manager for the New York Botanical Garden and has spent his entire career in horticulture, with a focus in sustainable gardening. He lectures extensively and instructs at the New York Botanical Garden, Berkshire Botanical Garden, and New England Grows. 

Fruits of Fall: Botanical Illustration @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This class is nearing capacity.

Please call to register for remaining spots. 413 298 3926 x 10

This class meets on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, October 19, 20 and 21, from 10am – 4pm.

Enjoy the bountiful fruits of fall in a lasting portrait. In this three-day colored-pencil workshop, botanical illustrator Carol Morley will examine the colors, shapes and light, and shade of the fruit. It is easy to fall in love with the brilliant color of a subject only to find the final portrait falling flat. In this workshop, students will learn how to control and select the colors needed from the beginning and progress with confidence. Starting with a tonal study of the fruit in graphite, the class will have fun finding all the colors that are present in the fruit, making a color palette that will serve as a guide.  Working from the palette, students then make a 3D color study and progress to the fruit’s final portrait, selecting the appropriate colors that will give the fruit form and capture its succulent character. Bring a bag lunch. Click here for materials list.

Carol Ann Morley is a professional artist and dedicated teacher working in Milton, NH. She founded the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program at the New York Botanical Garden and teaches botanical art and drawing at The New York Botanical Garden, the Wellesley College Botanic Garden and Sanctuary Arts in Eliot, ME, in addition to the Berkshire Botanical Garden.

16.10.21 Drawing Fruit

Tree Care for Gardeners @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This class meets on Fridays, October 21 and 28, November 4 and 18, from 1 – 4pm. It is co-enrolled with Horticulture Certificate Program.

Whether amateur or professional horticulturalists, gardeners are stewards of the landscape, and probably spend our share of time among the flowers, shrubs, and trees. This course, led by certified arborist and BBG Board Member Tom Ingersoll, is designed for those who might not necessarily be the first to climb a hundred feet up a Northern Red Oak or wrangle a chainsaw to fell a 36″ dead American elm. The goal of this class is to empower horticulturalists to better understand the largest plants in the landscape. Learn the basics of tree biology and identification, the tree’s role in the ecosystem, proper selection, siting, planting considerations, pruning of young trees, fertilization, pest identification, and when to call in the certified arborist.

Tom Ingersoll is a Massachusetts Certified Arborist and is also certified by the International Society of Arborists. He owns Ingersoll Landcare in Sheffield, MA, and has worked in the landscape industry for the past 22 years. His passion is tree care and he serves both public and private clients in the tri-state region. Additionally, he serves on boards of the Berkshire Botanical Garden and The Sheffield Tree Project.

Cheese-Making @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

There is a 10% discount if you register also for Farmhouse Cider-Making on October 22 from 11am – 2pm. Call 413-298-3926 to register if you are taking both workshops.

Learn how to make a simple, delicious cheese in your own kitchen. BBG’s own Chris Wellens will cover equipment, supplies, and basic techniques used in making most types of cheese. Each participant will make a batch of fresh mozzarella from start to finish, as well as take home instructions and a set of ingredients to make a batch or two at home. This workshop is for beginners, and participants will learn by doing.

$5 materials cost paid to the instructor

Farmhouse Cider-Making @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 22 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

In New England, cider-making is to autumn what maple sugaring is to the spring season: a cultural activity. Cider expert Dennis D. Picard will teach us the history and process of this American tradition from the selection and collection of apples to the pressing of the fruit which results not merely in apple juice, but the extracted liquid from apples which is capable of fermentation. Picard will teach us how the fermentation process can result in 4% to 8% alcohol content in the cider that allows it to be kept from just after it is made all the way to the next season’s apple harvest. This program includes a slide presentation, a lesson on apple selection and varietal characteristics, grinding and pressing techniques, and an understanding of the art of fermentation.

Dennis D. Picard has been a museum professional in the “Living History” field for over 30 years. He began his career at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA, where he eventually spent 12 years filling various positions, including “lead interpreter,” where he researched and designed many public programs that are still offered by that institution today. He is presently director at Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield, MA.

16.10.15 Cidermaking Denis Picard

Landscape Design Clinic with Walt Cudnohufsky @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 29 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

This class is co-enrolled with the Horticulture Certificate Program.

To have your project considered, call 413-298-3926 for details.

This fast-paced, information-saturated clinic with noted landscape architect Walt Cudnohufsky introduces design students, homeowners and gardeners to methods of problem-solving as part of the design process. It will lead to the basic conceptual elements of a landscape master plan. All attendees will participate in the process of observing and designing and will come away with an understanding of how a good design evolves from evaluation and analysis. An active discussion format will focus on common design principles. A step-by-step presentation will focus the discussion later in the afternoon. The field trip will be held rain or shine. Dress for outdoors, wear waterproof footwear, and bring a bag lunch.

Walter Cudnohufsky is owner of Walter Cudnohufsky Associates Landscape Architects, Land and Community Planners, Ashfield, MA. He is the founder and for 20 years was the director of the Conway School of Landscape Design.

16.10.29 Landscape Design Clinic

Enemies with Benefits: Are Some Non-Native Weeds Friends? @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Nov 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Although many invasive plants seem to cause only harm, certain long-present, abundant species may provide important ecosystem services, including providing habitat for native plants and wildlife. Join Director of Hudsonia, Erik Kiviat, for a deeper understanding of the benefits and detriments of some nonnative plants, including, but not limited to, commonly feared invasives such as Phragmites, purple loosestrife, and knotweed.


Rooted in Place: Creating Gardens that Respond to the Local Landscape @ Berkshire School, Sheffield, MA
Nov 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Conference cost: $85 (includes lunch)

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Gardening in a Post Wild World: Creating Stunning Plant Communities That Stand the Test of Time
Ecological plantings are gaining popularity, but also face challenges due to environmental conditions and cultural expectations. When these plantings fail, it discourages future ecological landscaping efforts. This problem will not be solved if we continue to design as if it we were painting on canvas, perceiving plants as individual objects in space. It is time for a new practical and inspiring approach: a plant community that evolved from the world of ecological science.

Join Ms. West as she explains how plants fit together in the wild and how we can use this knowledge to create landscapes that are resilient, beautiful, and diverse. She is the co-author of a book of the same name as her lecture along with landscape architect Thomas Rainer and is the ecological sales manager for North
Creek Nurseries, where she works closely with ecological design and landscape restoration professionals.

16.11.13 Rooted in Place Tom WesselsTom Wessels
Self-organization and Co-Evolution: How Nature Models Sustainable Systems
Tom Wessels will take on the concept of the garden and local landscape as an ecological outpost to be considered as part of a larger ecosystem that strives for balance and inclusiveness. He is an ecologist and founding director of the master’s degree program in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England. He is the current chair of The Center for Whole Communities that fosters inclusive communities that are strongly rooted in place and where all people regardless of income, race, or background have access to and a healthy relationship with land. He is former chair of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation. His books include Reading the Forested Landscape, The Granite Landscape, Untamed Vermont, The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future, and Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to reading the Forested Landscape.

16.11.13 Rooted in Place Annie WhiteAnnie White
Top Native Perennial Combinations for Northeast Gardens
Choosing native plant species is just the first step to successfully incorporating more native plants into the landscape. Gardeners also need to know how to combine them and design with them effectively. As a native plant enthusiast, researcher, and landscape designer, Annie White will share some of the top native perennial combinations for northeast gardens and how to design native gardens that are as beautiful as they are functional.


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Ecological Garden Maintenance
Learn the secrets of working with your garden’s ecology to win the war on weeds, to control invasive species, and to read the seed bank so that you can predict what will grow naturally in your garden. Thomas Christopher, co-author of Garden Revolution (Timber Press, 2016) will share the techniques of working with your garden’s ecology, techniques that will save you work and money, and yield a beautiful, resilient landscape in tune with the local ecosystem and wildlife.

A graduate of the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture, Thomas Christopher has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times and Better Homes and Gardens, and has served as a contributing editor to Martha Stewart Living. He is the co-author with Ruth Rogers Clausen of Essential Perennials, a complete reference to 2,700 perennials for the home garden.

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