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!

Permaculture @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Feb 6 @ 11:00 pm – Feb 7 @ 2:00 am

Permaculture design

Classes meet on Thursdays, 6-9pm: February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014.

Permaculture is multi-disciplinary approach to designing and maintaining productive, regenerative human ecosystems. In this class, students will gain the framework and information to design, build and maintain permaculture landscapes with specific focus on food systems such as gardens, orchards and edible forest gardens, water systems, strategies on steep slopes, soil building, productive conservation and restoration, as well as urban and broadscale applications. This course combines lectures, slideshows, classroom exercises, handouts and online resources to expose students to current thinking and strategies in permaculture design.

Instructor – Jono Neiger synthesizes his diverse expertise in permaculture design, conservation biology & restoration ecology to create productive and integrated landscapes. Working as collaborator, teacher and guide, Jono empowers individuals, communities and organizations to understand and steward their land and landscape through design. He is principal at Regenerative Design Group (, faculty at the Conway School of Landscape Design (, board president of the Permaculture Institute of the Northeast and stewards his homestead, Hickory Garden, as well as Brook’s Bend Farm in Massachusetts.

10% discount for 3 or more Spring Level III courses

Seed-A-Thon @ Berkshire Botanical Garden - Center House
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Please RSVP to this event by calling 413.298.3926.  There is no charge, we just want an idea of who’s coming!  This event will be held in the Center House on the grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden.  Bring your seed catalogs and any seeds you might have to swap.  Refreshments will be served!


Bark and Buds: Winter Identification of Trees and Shrubs @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Feb 15 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Bring bagged lunch. Dress for limited outdoor fieldwork. 

December 12 Bark and BudsDiscover the many plants that lend bark, buds, fruit and structural interest to the garden in fall and winter. Develop or enhance your ability to identify winter trees by twig and bud anatomy, bark features and plant architecture. Students will practice their skills with winter tree dichotomous keys. Participants should have The Illustrated Book of Trees by William Carey Grimm ISBN 0-8117-2220-1. Must be 1983 edition. Three copies will be available to share. Class enrollment is limited.  

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.

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.

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.

Saying It with Flowers @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
May 15 @ 10:00 pm

Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 413-298-3926.

14.5.15 Saying it with FlowersFrom the symbolic flower in Piero della Francesca’s Virgin and Child Enthroned with Four Angels to Moss Roses in a Vase by Édouard Manet and Peonies by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, flowers appear in a remarkable variety of works in the Clark’s collection. Join us at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA, where Michael Cassin, director of the Clark’s Center for Education in the Visual Arts, takes a look at some of the splendid examples of flower paintings that will be on view when the Clark reopens this summer.

Yoga in the Garden
Jun 3 @ 9:15 pm – 10:15 pm
Yoga ITG
Free for Garden Members, $10 for Nonmembers
Bring your Yoga mats, water, a towel and be ready to clear you mind at our new Yoga in the Garden series starting this Tuesday. This is a gentle, weekly yoga class for all skill levels and FREE to garden members, ($10  for nonmembers.) The class will be held rain or shine.

If the weather is favorable, we will hold class outdoors on the grounds of the Garden.  If there is rain, we will have class indoors. Please park at the Visitor Center Meet and walk across the street to meet at the Center House.
 Kathi Cafiero – is a Kripalu certified Yoga instructor who has been teaching the physical and mental benefits of yoga for over 22 years.  She is devoted to treating others with love; building character; and embracing the deivne and oneness of the universe.  We are so lucky to have her teaching this great new class for us!
Amazing Trees @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Jun 5 @ 2:00 pm

 Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 413-298-3926.

treeTour the grounds of Berkshire Botanical Garden, view the exceptional tree collection and learn about these gentle giants and the importance of shade trees in the landscape. Consider the many varieties of shade trees, observe mature specimens and assess the shape, size, and cultural requirements required to grow happy trees. This walking tour will cover the importance of selecting the right plant for the right site as well as the tenuous situation between turf and trees. Enjoy the morning by walking, talking and admiring one of nature’s most magnificent gifts.

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.

Participants will meet at Berkshire Botanical Garden in the main parking lot.

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