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!

Invasive Plant Identification, Removal, and Control Strategies @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This class meets on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1, from 1 – 3pm.

Michael Nadeau, founding member of the Organic Land Care Project, will explore invasive plants, their identification, removal and control strategies for gardeners and homeowners. On Friday, his lecture at the botanical garden will focus on plant identification, removal and control strategies of common invasives.   On Saturday, the class will undertake an offsite site evaluation to demonstrate how to develop a realistic plan to manage invasive plants. This program focuses on practical applications to help the home and professional gardeners tackle this problem which is becoming increasingly pervasive.

Michael Nadeau has been a landscaper, arborist, and ecological designer for over 40 years. He was a founding member of the Organic Land Care Project, a sister organization of the CT Chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association, which created the first set of standards for organic landscaping based on NOFA and USDA Standards. Michael is a co-creator and instructor of the CT-NOFA Organic Land Care Accreditation Course, a previous owner of Plantscapes Organics, a Fairfield County-based landscape restoration company since 1980, and owner of Wholistic Land Care Consulting, LLC, in Sharon, CT.

16.09.11 Invasive Plant Control

Combining Perennials @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The whole can be more than the sum of the parts when you garden skillfully. A flowering perennial that is pretty by itself may be spectacular when contrasted with the right neighbor. And one plant can make up for the deficiencies of another when properly paired; a compact partner can hide the stems of a leggy beauty, another pairing can share their glory simultaneously or hold their own in two different seasons when artfully chosen. Garden writer and horticulturist Thomas Christopher, who recently authored Essential Perennials with Ruth Rogers Clausen, will share some of his favorite combinations and pass along tips that will set you on the road to creating many more of your own.

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.

16.10.1 Perennials in Combination

The Art and Science of Pickling @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This program is cancelled  due to under enrollment

Food preservation can be a challenge, and before refrigeration, pickling was an essential strategy for safe food storage. In this illustrated talk and demonstration, participants will investigate the origins of vinegar, the alchemy of fermentation, and the anti-microbial properties of herbs and spices that are at the center of the art of pickling. Noted ethnobotanist and historian Judith Sumner will share modern pickling recipes and methods (and the science behind them), ranging from fresh pack dill pickles in crocks to bread and butter pickles processed in a hot water bath, and enjoy a tasting of pickle recipes and analysis of recipes from various historic sources. The workshop will also include making some quick pickled onions to be taken home by participants. 

Judith Sumner is a botanist who specializes in ethnobotany, flowering plants, plant adaptations, and garden history. She has taught extensively both at the college level and at botanical gardens, including the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Garden in the Woods. She has been a guest on the Martha Stewart Living television show, the PBS program Cultivating Life, the Annenberg Channel, and various other PBS and educational programs. 


Ornamental Woody Plants (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

aboutgarden2Classes meet on Tuesdays, October 4-25, 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)

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, 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

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.

16.10.13rip to brandywine Valley

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. 

Gardening with Native Plant Communities (H,D,NP) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Classes meet on Thursdays, October 13 – November 3, 5:30 – 8:30pm.

This course will help students better understand the principles and practices of ecological gardening with a focus on native plant communities.  Students will learn the native plant palette, resources needed to identify these communities and habitats and methods of introducing native plants into gardens.  Identifying and controlling invasive plant species in addition to restoring areas that have been impacted by invasives will also be highlighted. Gardeners will learn how to enhance garden spaces with native plants (although not exclusively) that create sustainable and low maintenance gardens.

Instructor-Brad Roeller, B.S.

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

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