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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!

Sep
14
Sat
Stalking Wild Mushrooms in the Berkshires @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Dress for outdoors; participants will carpool to a short walk.

September 14 Mushrooms in the Berkshires

Learn all about fungi with a focus on those commonly called mushrooms. This enormous and diverse group of plants is found in the wild during the fall months. The most common poisonous and edible mushrooms will be illustrated and described. A variety of fungi will be on display, supplemented with slides of other commonly found mushrooms. Participants will explore a nearby woodland and hunt for mushrooms. This class is not sufficient for learning how to identify wild edible mushrooms.

John Wheeler is current president of the Berkshire Mycological Society. He has taught mycology at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and has been an avid mycologist for over 20 years.

Sep
18
Wed
Passion for Plants—Study Group (Grasses) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join a study group taught by staff at the Berkshire Botanical Garden to consider plant groups of particular interest to the staff. Look first at the late summer/early fall perennials that go the distance in the autumn garden. The following week will investigate the important role that grasses play in the garden. The final class will focus on woody plants that brighten the late summer garden with beautiful fall foliage. The classes meet on three consecutive Wednesdays, September 11, 18 and 25. Classes can be attended as a series or individually. See September 11 listing for description of whole series.

September 18 Passion for Plants GrassesGrasses in the Garden – September 18
The stature, movement and rustling of grasses make these tough plants unique in the perennial border. Join Elisabeth Cary and discover reasons for using grasses and how to place and select the right plant for any garden. Explore the beautiful grasses—some known and others relatively unknown—for every habitat from a dry sunny location to wet shady spots. This program is designed for gardeners new to grasses.

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.

Sep
19
Thu
The High Line and Battery Park City @ Field trip - Bus will depart from Berkshire Botanical Garden promptly at 7:30
Sep 19 @ 11:30 am – 10:30 pm


This event is almost full.  To make a reservation, please call the Garden at 413.298.3926.
Join the staff of the Berkshire Botanical Garden for a late summer visit to Battery Park City, located at the tip of Manhattan. We will tour this extensive landscape—perhaps one of the most concentrated parklands in America—with the colorful David Dew Bruner, who will focus on design. We will visit areas of the park including Michael Van Valkenberg’s Teardrop Park, Oehme van Sweden’s Rockefeller Park, two gardens designed by Lynden Miller and landscapes by Olin Partnership and other exceptional designers. In addition to these amazing gardens, there is abundant public art to view, including the Irish Hunger Memorial designed by Brian Tolle, the magnificent “Ice Wall” by Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercii and sculptures by Jim Dine, Louise Bougeois and many more.Highline

From Battery City Park we will travel north to the cutting-edge gardens of the High Line, New York City’s newest park, built on an elevated 1930s freight rail structure on Manhattan’s West Side. Tour the newly completed section of the High Line with native-plant specialist Drew Monthie and learn about the imaginative plant combinations of this naturalistic planting. These extensive gardens echo the wild, self-seeded landscape that grew up on the structure after the trains stopped running.

Enjoy a stimulating day in the city with some gardening friends. A morning snack and late-afternoon refreshments will be provided, compliments of the staff of Berkshire Botanical Garden.

 

Sep
21
Sat
Extending the Season’s Harvest: Growing Vegetables for Four Seasons (1) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE:  This class was originally scheduled for September 21, but was postponed due to illness.  Please excuse any inconvenience.

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.

September 21 Extending the HarvestPeter Salinetti owns Woven Roots Farm, a small family farm and CSA that grows vegetables and culinary herbs using traditional farming practices. For over ten 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.

Sep
25
Wed
Passion for Plants—Study Group (Woody Plants) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join a study group taught by staff at the Berkshire Botanical Garden to consider plant groups of particular interest to the staff. Look first at the late summer/early fall perennials that go the distance in the autumn garden. The following week will investigate the important role that grasses play in the garden. The final class will focus on woody plants that brighten the late summer garden with beautiful fall foliage. The classes meet on three consecutive Wednesdays, September 11, 18 and 25. Classes can be attended as a series or individually. See September 11 listing for description of whole series.

Passion for Plants September 25 WoodiesWoody Plants of Merit with Great Fall Foliage – September 25
Consider shrubs and small trees that add structure, color and texture to the fall gardening season. Elisabeth Cary will take students on a comprehensive tour of woodies worth their weight in gold for their fabulous fall colors. 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, woodland setting and as a focal point will be covered.

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.

Sep
26
Thu
The Fruit Garden of Lee Reich and Garden Tour at Mohonk Mountain House @ Field Trip/Carpool
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm – 8:30 pm

To register for this event, please call the Garden at 413.298.3926

Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately to New Paltz, NY. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire Botanical Garden at 9 am (approximate travel time from BBG to first site estimated 1 hour:45 minutes) Participants should bring a bagged lunch.  

This is a field trip to the garden of well known author and vegetable and fruit gardener Lee Reich, followed by a garden tour and picnic lunch at Mohonk Mountain House. A writer once proclaimed Lee’s garden to be very much a “man’s garden” and perhaps it is. The emphasis is on fruits and vegetables, but the whole works is woven into plantings of flowers and ornamental shrubs supported by rustic fencing and gates. He grows a year ’round supply of pretty much every kind of vegetable except rhubarb and Jerusalem artichokes. Fruits include many varieties of dwarf apples, pears and grapes, as well as uncommon fruits such as pawpaws, persimmons, gooseberries (20 or so varieties), juneberries and medlars. September in his “farmden” brings to ripening a number of fruits, common and uncommon. Pawpaw, hardy kiwifruits, grapes and American persimmons should be available for tasting. From here, travel to historic Mohonk Mountain House and picnic on the grounds. Head Gardener Andrew Koehn will then lead a tour of the grounds and gardens of this famous historic resort.

September 26 At Home with Lee Reich

Lee Reich is an avid “farmdener” (more than a garden, less than a farm) who turned from plant and soil research with the USDA and Cornell University to writing, lecturing and consulting. His books include A Northeast Gardener’s Year, The Pruning Book, Weedless Gardening, Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden, Landscaping with Fruit and Grow Fruit Naturally. He writes regularly for the Associated Press, Fine Gardening and Horticulture. His garden has been featured in The New York Times and Martha Stewart Living, has won awards from National Gardening and Organic Gardening and has been included in “Open Days” tours of the Garden Conservancy.

Andrew Koehn is head gardener for Mohonk Mountain House. He manages the extensive gardens and grounds for this estate. His garden blog Gardening at Mohonk is full of horticultural information and lively garden chat.

Sep
28
Sat
Fall and Winter Bloom in the Solar Greenhouse, Unheated Glassed-In Porch or Spare Bedroom @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Do you want the sights and smells of flowers in winter, but rising fuel costs seem to put a greenhouse out of reach? The solution—the subject of this class—is to go solar! You will learn the basic elements of a solar greenhouse, how to optimize greenhouse performance, how to operate month by month in response to the weather and how to choose plants that are growable and rewarding.

James Jones is a lifelong gardener and a member of many horticultural societies, with a particular interest in the North American Rock Garden Society, where he has been national president and chapter chair, as well as director of the Seed Exchange. He has recently published a book on his experiences using solar energy, Fall and Winter Bloom in the Solar Greenhouse. He often judges at the Boston Flower Show.

Oct
10
Thu
Garden Wrap-Up (Free Class for Members) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Dress for outdoors.

Assess the year’s gardening successes and failures, review the gardening events of the spring and summer and begin planning for next season. Consider winter interest in the garden and understand when to prune perennials. Learn how to prepare gardens for the coming winter season, including soil amendment, mulching, home a variety of seeds, cuttings and perennials for next season’s garden. cutting back, and fall division of perennials. Seed saving for the coming spring, division of plants that require fall planting, and bulb-planting techniques will be covered. Take

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. She will share some favorite perennials from her own garden.

Oct
12
Sat
Growing Garlic @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This lecture on growing garlic by “garden guru” Ron Kujawski—held just in time to plant your garlic—will inspire, inform and give you the information needed 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 surrounding area. Ron will cover selecting varieties, growing conditions, planting and cultivation of this great crop, as well as curing and storage. Consideration will be given to other allium groups, 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.

October 12 Growing Garlic

Oct
19
Sat
Sissinghurst: Portrait of a Garden @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 19 @ 2:00 pm


We are almost full for this event!  Please call the garden at 413.298.3926 to inquire about availability and purchase tickets .
Join former Sissinghurst head gardener Alexis Datta for a first-hand look at the gardening year at Britain’s fabled garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, England.  Designed by writer Vita Sackville-West and her diplomat husband Harold Nicolson, this iconic landscape is one of the most renowned gardens in the world. Portrait of a Garden gives a short history of Sissinghurst Castle, the gardens, the creators, its philosophy and a visual tour that is sure to inspire.  The gardens at Sissinghurst have certainly evolved over the years since its inception in 1930 and, though being conserved, it is currently being gardened in a dynamic way.  Get the down and dirty on gardening from the woman behind the scenes at this classic English garden.Sissinghurst2

 Alexis Datta has been a professional gardener for over forty years and spent twenty-two of them as head gardener at Sissinghurst. She studied gardening at horticultural college in England, and has worked at several private and public gardens.  In 1983 she joined the National Trust, which cares for many of Britain’s leading gardens and arrived at Sissinghurst in 1991.Oct 19 Portrait of a Garden Alexis Datta(1)

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