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!

Northeast Wildflowers to Brighten Your Spring Garden @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Apr 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

forest trilliums 2Learn about the importance of native wildflowers and how to bring them into the garden setting. Wildflowers brighten the New England woodlands in spring and are more than just a delight for the eye and a lift for the winter-weary spirit. Each has a role in the environment and often has interesting interactions with pollinators and seed dispersers. Learn about the fascinating life histories of some favorite spring wildflowers. Topics include adaptations for early blooming, medicinal and other uses, the origin of wildflower names, pollination and seed dispersal. A book sale and signing of Carol’s beautiful newly published Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History will follow the talk.

Carol Gracie is a naturalist and photographer with a degree in plant studies from Lehman College of the City University of New York. She is retired from The New York Botanical Garden, where she headed the Children’s Education Program and the Foreign Tour program and taught in the Continuing Education Program. In 2006 she co-authored (with Steve Clemants) Wildflowers in the Field and Forest: A Field Guide to the Northeastern United States. Her latest book, Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History, was published in March of 2012.

Tomato Basics @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Apr 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This class is nearing capacity. Please call 413.298.3926 to register.

14.4.12 Tomatoes BasicsThis presentation is designed to help you understand the various types of tomatoes, the best time to start them from seed and when to set them out. The pros and cons of different methods of growing will be discussed. In-season care, including mulching and pruning along with pest and disease control, will be described, as will harvesting and methods of preservation. Students will learn proper handling and transplanting of tomato seedlings via hands-on activities.

Ron Kujawski, Ph.D. 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.

Setting Up a Beehive @ Center House at BBG
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please call 413.298.3926 to register.

A list of suggested safety equipment is listed below although these items are not mandatory.  Beehive2Join beekeeper Jan Johnson for step-by-step instruction and demonstration on setting up a beehive, beginning indoors with a close-up look at how bees arrive for installation. Safety equipment, how to stay protected, structural components, assembly and siting of the hive will be discussed. Jan will then demonstrate how to introduce bees into a new hive. Participants will be able to observe from a safe distance. Protective gear should include a hat and face veil, long-sleeved shirt and pants (or bee suit) and protective boots. Gloves are helpful. Following the demonstration, Jan will be on hand to answer questions. Jan Johnson is a beekeeper and owner of Berkshire Wildflower Honey, an apiary located in Great Barrington, MA. She practices natural beekeeping and produces and sells raw honey, beeswax skin-care products and beeswax candles. She is certified through Cornell’s Master Beekeeping Program and studied with Nick Calderone, professor of entomology and head of Cornell’s Dyce Laboratory for Honeybee Studies.

Rejuvenating Shrubs: Lilacs, Weigela, Forsythia and More… @ offsite (location to be determined)
Apr 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This class is near capacity.  Please call the garden at 413.298.3926 to register.

Participants should bring hand pruners and work gloves and dress for the weather.

lilacbushIs that old lilac refusing to flower? Spring is a great time to assess your woody shrubs for shape and structure. This hands-on workshop will focus on when, why and how to renovate or rejuvenate your woody plants. Learn about tools, timing and specific techniques available to the home gardener. Following a lecture and several pruning demonstrations, participants will learn by doing.

Ron Yaple, A.A.S. Forestry, MCA/CLA, owner of Race Mountain Tree Services, has developed a regional reputation as one of the premier arborists. His company serves the tri-state region and is a full-service company. He is a dedicated and knowledgeable teacher of arboriculture.

Transplanting Shrubs and Planting Small Ornamental Trees @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Bring work gloves and dress for the weather.

14.4.26 Planting and Transplanting Shrubs and TreesLearn by doing in this hands-on shrub and tree planting/transplanting workshop. All aspects of successful planting will be demonstrated, and participants will assist in transplanting a multi-stem shrub and planting a small tree. Learn how to successfully transplant shrubs by correct timing and placement and techniques designed to create minimal disturbance and ensure smooth transition to a new site. Consider the differences between bare-root, container-grown or balled-and-burlapped trees and understand the importance of siting.

Ken Gooch is the Forest Health Program Director for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Additionally, he is a Massachusetts Certified Arborist and teaches arboriculture at the Garden.

Drifts of Daffodils @ offsite
Apr 26 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

This class is nearing capacity.  Please call 413.298.3926 for availability.

Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire Botanical Garden for a 9:45 am departure. Carpool will return at approximately 1:30 pm.

14.4.26 Drifts of DaffodilsJoin well known gardener Jeffrey Steele for an in-depth program on naturalizing daffodils at visits to two private gardens. Each garden demonstrates extensive plantings using contrasting methods for naturalizing daffodils. Timed for the height of the bloom, this program will cover the planning, varietal selection, planting and cultivation to enable participants to successfully create daffodil meadows or woodlands. A short history of daffodils will be included in the program.

Jeffrey A. Steele is owner of Ashley Falls Nursery, a landscape and garden design and consultation firm with a special interest in historic gardens. He was previously with the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Wilcox Park (a Victorian strolling park restoration in Rhode Island) and was a past director of BBG. The daffodil is his favorite flower, and he has been building a collection for the last 15 years.


Stars of the Garden: Small Flowering Trees
May 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

14.5.1 Stars if the GardenConsider the showgirls of the garden, the small flowering trees. At a perfect time for planting, join Elisabeth Cary for a comprehensive tour of hardy trees under 30 feet tall. Each selection will be discussed for garden-worthiness, growth habit, aesthetic consideration, siting, planting, cultivation and maintenance. Tips on how to integrate these beauties into the mixed border or woodland setting, or to use as a focal point, will be covered. Following the talk, tour the Berkshire Botanical Gardens to view what’s in bloom and discuss the merits of each tree.

Elisabeth Cary is the Director of Education at the Berkshire Botanical Garden and has been gardening for over 25 years. She specializes in perennial, vegetable and mixed-border gardens.

World of Peonies @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

14.5.3 World of PeoniesSelect peonies will be available for sale.

Gardeners have always loved peonies but recently have refocused their interest on the genus Paeonia. With new availability of woodland peonies, tree (suffruticosa) peonies and the explosion of intersectional crosses, gardeners are taking a closer look at this much loved genus. Join Dan Furman from Cricket Hill Garden for a lecture that covers basic botany, wild species descriptions and cultivation history in China, Japan and the US. The program will also cover practical aspects for creating a successful peony garden, including growing requirements for New England and discussion of select cultivars for the peony lover.

Dan Furman is a second-generation peony grower at Cricket Hill Garden in Thomaston, CT. Since joining the business in 2010, he has worked to expand the peony hybridization and production programs at the nursery. In addition to peonies, he is interested in growing pawpaws, persimmons, Asian pears and other unusual fruits in northwestern Connecticut.

Pine Hollow Arboretum Study Tour @ Pine Hollow Arboretum
May 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire Botanical Garden for a 9 am departure. Carpool will return at approximately 1 pm.

14.5.8 PineHollow Arboretum Study TourFor woody plant and tree lovers, join staff from the BBG for an exploration of a lesser known horticultural gem, Pine Hollow Arboretum, located in Slingerlands, NY. In 1966, founder John W. Abbuhl, M.D., started planting trees around his home to create an attractive setting. His affinity with the land, his interest in horticulture and his love of trees combined to inspire the creation of an arboretum. The arboretum’s cataloged collection consists of over 3,300 unique trees, shrubs and other woody plants from around the world. This living collection is aesthetically arranged in a natural setting that includes 12 ponds and a succession forest, all easily accessible by a network of walking trails and bridges. Tour the grounds with the founder, Dr. Abbuhl, and learn about the small, flowering tree collections, including magnolias, dogwoods, crabapples and more. View cultivars of unusual genera, too, such as styrax, stewartia and heptacodium. A great way to view specimen plants in a naturalistic setting, just an hour’s drive away.

37th Annual Plant Sale 2014 @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
May 9 @ 12:00 pm – May 10 @ 9:00 pm


What better way to start the season than with our 37th 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 Cynthia Grippaldi at  For a complete list of volunteer positions, click HERE.

Plantsale2Friday, May 9
8 -11 am: Members-only early buying privileges
11 am -5 pm: Open to the General Public

Saturday, May 10
9 am -5 pm: Open to the General Public

On the grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden
At the junction of Routes 183 and 102 in Stockbridge, MA
Admission and parking is free

PLANT SALE: Fabulous Plants Galore by Habitat

For a complete list of plants, click here:  Plant Sale List 2014

Gardeners get a jump-start on the season with this annual plant sale, which has become an iconic harbinger of spring in the Berkshires. This year’s theme,Get Your Hands in the Dirt, features thousands of plants to choose from, appropriate to northeastern gardens, organized into the habitats in which they thrive. A complete listing of plants in attached document (upper right).

Plant Sale1NEW this year: Living fern and succulent wreaths and miniature wall gardens designed by Head Gardener, Christine Caccamo.

Last year’s popular Container Design Station will be back again: Let us help you design your own unique container to take home.

Silent Auction: Bid on specialty plants, wall gardens, as well as green services.



Stop by and visit the following vendors who will be joining us for this year’s Plant Sale:

Cricket Creek Farm

David Burdick

Ed Herrington, Inc.

J.L. Enterprises

JK Custom Furniture

Pope’s Pots

Rustic Woodcraft

The Farmstead

Travis Rustic

Blueberry Hill Market

Peter Thorne



Not Your Mother’s Tag Sale
A garden-themed tag sale. An opportunity for some great garden finds!

WE NEED DONATIONS! 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.


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