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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!

May
26
Fri
Opening Reception — PlayDate: Designers Re-imagine Play House Structures @ Berkshire Botanical
May 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten designers and builders interpret play house structures for Berkshire Botanical Garden’s summer exhibition, “PlayDate: Playhouses in the Garden” opens with a reception scheduled for Friday, May 26, 5-7 p.m. at the Garden in Stockbridge.

The PlayDate structures vary in size and theme, from a medieval fortress-style house, to an outdoor transparent “play room” and an English-style timber framed cottage. Other designs include a tree trunk transformed into a hobbit house, a 19th Century shepherd’s wagon, a teepee-style structure, a sanctuary, and an antique aviary tea party. A permanent installation at the Garden, the Martha Stewart Cottage, will receive a makeover for the exhibition, transforming the traditional garden cottage into a wild themed jungle room of ferns and other plants. A total of 12 structures will be included in the exhibition.

The exhibition is free with Garden admission. PlayDate will remain on display through September 24.

Designers and builders:

 Jeffrey All
Spencertown, NY

Robin Berthet
Sheffield, MA

Bill Cummings
Becket, MA

Tamarack Garlow
Canaan, NY

Michael King
Sheffield, MA

Matt Larkin
Richmond, MA

Brad Morse
Beckett, MA

Clarke Olsen
Spencertown, NY

Peter Thorne
West Stockbridge, MA

Allen Timmons
Great Barrington, MA

Sep
5
Tue
Garden Practicum (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Initial Fall Meeting: Tuesday, September 5, 5 pm

Garden practcium Tree Planting

The practicum complements classroom work through hands-on training in the garden. Work alongside garden staff practicing gardening techniques, usually beginning with a demonstration and instruction. Activities include propagation, transplanting, tree care, pruning, dividing, planting, cultivation and maintenance of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. Students need to complete 15 hours of work scheduled on Saturdays and/or weekdays, usually Wednesday or Thursday, throughout the year.  Required for Certification. Students may sign up for either the fall or spring term.   

Instructors – Berkshire Botanical Garden Staff

Herbaceous Plants I (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 5 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

May 16 Land of Geraniums3Classes meet on Tuesdays, September 5 – 26, from 5:30 – 8:30pm.

Learn about the basic herbaceous plants used in the garden setting including identification, planting, fertilizing, pest control and pruning.  Perennial selection will be the focus, although some time will be spent on annuals and bulbs.  This offering is essential for the serious gardener. Students should dress for outdoor field study including sturdy, waterproof footwear and warm outer clothing.

Instructor – David Burdick, B.S., a distinguished plantsman and zealous collector, shows regularly at the American Daffodil Society exhibition.  A practicing horticulturalist, he has worked at Berkshire Botanical Garden and Windy Hill Farm.  An engaging teacher, his latest venture is a specialty plant and cut flower business at Holiday Farm, Dalton, Massachusetts.

Discounted price for 4 Fall Level I courses: $650

Click here for class handouts

Sep
13
Wed
Drafting for Garden Design (required level II) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Hort Certificate workshopClasses meet Wednesdays, September 13  – October 18, from 5:30 – 8:30pm.

This seven-week studio intensive is essential for students who anticipate working in garden planning and design. Learn basic drafting skills necessary to record and effectively communicate scaled site plans. The first four weeks of the course will cover reference books, drafting supplies, media/paper types, line weights; lettering and scale reading. Drafting demonstrations will familiarize students with professional drawing techniques and the students will begin to draft basic site plans. Map making will be covered in week four. During the last half of the course, students will learn to develop a landscape graphic palette to illustrate trees, shrubs, perennials and ground covers as well as hardscape materials such as stone terraces, etc. Students will also learn professional rendering techniques using prismacolor pencils. This course is designed for beginners to intermediates and will prepare students for all design classes offered in the Horticultural Certificate Program. We strongly suggest that all students who anticipate working professionally in the field of horticulture complete this course. For materials list, click here.

$25 copy fee applies.

Instructor – Steven Foster, ASLA is a registered landscape architect in MA with over thirty years experience. He currently divides his time between private practice and teaching at the Landscape Design Institute affiliated with Arnold Arboretum and Harvard University.

Suggested texts:
Architectural Graphics
Frank Ching
John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 0471209066

Plan and Section Drawing
Thomas Wang
John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 0471286087

Landscape Graphics
Grant W. Reid ASLA
Watson-Guptill Publications
ISBN0823073327

For materials list, click here.

Discounted Cost for 3 Fall Level II Courses: $975

Oct
3
Tue
Ornamental Woody Plants (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 3 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

aboutgarden2Classes meet on Tuesdays, October 3 – 24, from 5:30 – 8:30pm.

Focus on the bones of the garden with a survey of ornamental woody plants for residential landscape design. This course will cover ornamental shrubs, small flowering trees, shade trees, and broadleaf and needle evergreens.  Students will become familiar with the many garden-worthy woody plants that thrive in Zone 5.  Course covers plant ID, selection, siting, cultivation and possible design uses.

Instructor – Elisabeth Cary, M.A. is Education Director at Berkshire Botanical Garden.  She organizes the Horticulture Certificate program and has a special interest in woody plants.

Suggested texts:
Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs, An Illustrated Encyclopedia
Michael A. Dirr
Timber Press, Inc.  c.1997
ISBN 0-88192-404-0

Manual of Woody Landscape Plants
Michael A. Dirr
Fifth Edition
Stipes Publishing LLC c. 1975 Revised 1998
ISBN 0-87563-800-7

Discounted price for 4 Fall Level I courses: $650 (edit)

Oct
22
Sun
Extending the Season’s Harvest Growing Vegetables for Four Seasons @ Offsite in Tyringham, MA
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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.

September 21 Extending the Harvest

Oct
28
Sat
Landscape Design Clinic: Introduction to a Coherent Process (required level II) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 28 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Students in Landscape Design ClinicThis fast-paced, information-saturated clinic will introduce design students, home owners others to an opportunity-finding and problem-solving 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. Students will come away coherent examples of how design happens. An active discussion format will focus on common design principles. A step-by-step PowerPoint presentation will focus the discussion later in the afternoon. This all-day workshop is a prerequisite for Landscape Design  II course offered in fall 2018. The field trip is held rain or shine. 

Instructor – Walter Cudnohufsky, M.L.A. is a long-time dedicated teacher.  Having founded and for twenty years directed the nationally acclaimed Conway (Mass.) School of Landscape Design, he has honed a reasoned approach to planning design. Currently his firm is engaged in many diverse and stimulating planning/design projects throughout the region.

Discounted price for 3 Fall Level II courses: $975

Oct
31
Tue
Soil and Soil Amendments (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 31 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Rhus aromatica Grow LoClasses meet on Tuesdays,  October 31 – November 21, from 5:30 – 8:30pm.

This course will explain how plant growth is affected by soils, from drainage to pH and nutrients. Learn how to evaluate soils, improve those that are less than ideal, and how to amend soils for specific garden uses. Fertilizers, soil amendments, making and using compost, moisture management and the pros and cons of mulching will be covered.  Students should bring a soil sample. 

Instructor – John Howell, M.S. is the former Extension Vegetable Specialist, for the University of Massachusetts and currently lectures on vegetables, fruits and soil management   Author of numerous newsletters for growers and is currently the editor for New England Vegetable Management Guide, published biennially by the University of Massachusetts.

Discounted price for 4 Fall Level I courses: $650

Nov
1
Wed
Landscape Design II (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Nov 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Classes meet on Wednesdays, November 1 – December 20 from 5:30 – 8:30pm.

Learn skills essential for effective functional garden design that honor the site and meet client needs. Each week will cover a different topic or technique focusing on the importance of getting to know the client and site as a basis of effective and appealing design. Essential and easy-to-grasp design principles for those who design or install gardens will be introduced throughout the course, with the goal of practicing a form-finding approach to garden design. The tools taught will provide a vocabulary essential for assessing a property’s potential and problems, and for asking the right questions to realize a client’s wishes while avoiding common design mistakes. Learn how to make well considered and sustainable choices for the elements and materials commonly used in the residential-scale garden. Students will select a project and take it from creative concept to completed design plan, including schematic drawings and planting plans. Each class will involve instruction and evaluation of projects in progress and will include both class instruction and studio time. Students will make a formal presentation at the final class.

Instructor – Chuck Schnell, M.A.; Guest Instructor– Walt Cudnohufsky, R.L.A., M.L.A.

Discounted Cost for 3 Fall Level II Courses: $975

Nov
28
Tue
Plant Health Care (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Nov 28 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Classes meet on Tuesdays, November 28 – December 19, from 5:30 – 8:30pm.

Look at factors that affect plant health care including insects, diseases, pathogens and abiotic influences.  Basic diagnostic techniques will be taught.  Learn to minimize potential problems through proper site preparation, plant selection and placement.  Managing problems using biological, chemical, and cultural techniques will be discussed with a focus on IPM (integrated pest management).

Instructor – David Chinery, M.S. is an extension educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselar County, Troy, N.Y.  He is currently researching alternatives to pesticides for turf grass insect and disease problems, as well as improving and expanding the county’s Master Gardener Program.

Suggested text:
Weeds of the Northeast
R. Uva, J. Neal, J. DiTomaso
Cornell University Press   c.1997
ISBN 0-8014-8334-4 (pbk)

Discounted price for 4 Fall Level I courses: $650

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