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!
Materials fee of $10 paid directly to the instructor. Bring a bag lunch. Supply list is here.
Join cut-paper artist Pamela Dalton for a fun, hands-on workshop on the art of Scherenschnitte (cut paper). Learn simple techniques and practice making small, beautiful images in paper. Students will create multiple Scherenschnitte, executed in the style of the Pennsylvania German tradition. The instructor will also share paper cutting from a variety of cultures and historic periods.
Artist Pamela Dalton’s Scherenschnitte have delighted collectors worldwide for almost 25 years. Her work is created in the tradition of early American paper cutting popular in the Pennsylvania Dutch regions of this country in the early 19th century. Dalton’s original designs are influenced by popular historical themes: patriotism, biblical and religious motifs and scenes from rural life. Each piece is sketched freehand by the artist and then cut by hand, so no two are exactly alike. Each work is cut from a single piece of paper.
This class is near capacity. Please call 413.298.3926 to register.
Classes meet on four Wednesdays, August 6 – 27, 10 am – 1 pm. Materials list is here.
Seeing and painting the garden en plein air is the subject of this class. Students of all levels are welcome in either or both sessions; no experience is necessary. The first session will focus on drawing forms, finding compositions and simple, direct color schemes. Composition will be stressed. Each class will begin with an introduction and demonstration by the instructor and then move into the garden to paint, with the instructor circulating among the students to provide input and answer questions. You can attend the whole series or pick and choose individual classes; however, everyone is encouraged to attend the first meeting, when the basics of watercolor, paint, brushes and paper will be explained.
Ann Kremers is an artist and calligrapher. Her work is currently focused on watercolor and drawing media. She has received commissions for paintings, drawings, illustrated and calligraphed citations and awards, artists’ books and botanical drawings. Ann lives in Bennington, VT, and teaches throughout Berkshire County. Examples of her work can be viewed at www.annkremers.com.
This class is full. Please call 413.298.3926 to inquire about the wait list.
Bring a bag lunch and dress for the weather. Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire Botanical Garden for a 9:15 am departure. Carpool will return at approximately 1:30 pm. (Program time in Falls Village, CT, is 10am – noon.)
Join head gardener Eric Ruquist for a tour of the beautiful country garden of renowned interior designer and author Bunny Williams. Located in the northwest corner of Connecticut, the tour is timed to take advantage of the height of this magnificent garden’s flora display. In addition to an insider look at maintaining one of Connecticut’s most beautiful gardens, Mr. Ruquist will focus on the cutting garden and demonstrate how he brings the garden indoors with beautiful floral arrangements.
Eric Ruquist is an artist, gardener and for 13 years the head gardener for Bunny Williams. He was curator of flower garden collection at Stonecrop Gardens, located in Cold Springs, NY, and greenhouse manager for a private estate in Westchester County. Eric thinks of himself as a plantsman and also gardens his own riverside property in Falls Village.
FREE Family Movie Night!
Bring the family, your friends and a picnic to the Berkshire Botanical Garden for a special, free screening of BABE, the charming tale of a small country pig who dreams of being a sheep dog. Grounds will open at 7 pm. Come early and meet some of the BBG Farm in the Garden Camp animals, including a llama, sheep, goats, piglets and Dante, the English angora rabbit. Enjoy popcorn provided by the Garden. The movie will begin promptly at 8 pm.
This film is brought to you free of charge by the Berkshire Botanical Garden and the Berkshire International Film Festival.
Join wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi for his ever popular presentation on birds of prey. This program is designed for all ages. Tom will share the natural history of these magnificent birds, demonstrate some of their unique behaviors and inspire children of all ages to appreciate, respect and conserve these important members of our wild kingdom.
Tom Ricardi is a licensed rehabilitator and wildlife biologist. He runs Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center in Conway, MA, and is now retired after 40 years of service as a Massachusetts Environmental Conservation police officer.
This class is full. To inquire about the wait list, call the office at 413.298.3926.
Class meets on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, August 13, 14 & 15, 10 am – 4 pm. Bring a bag lunch. Materials list is here.
This intensive workshop will focus on colored-pencil techniques for botanical illustration. Learn to capture the vibrant colors of garden fruits and berries. Find out how many multiple overlays of colors it can take to give depth, shine and texture to one berry! Draw from the abundance of the summer garden and make intriguing compositions of fruit, berries and foliage. Explore creative possibilities, whether traditional or whimsical, and make exciting background textures or borders to enhance your artwork. This is a playful workshop suitable for all student levels. Basic skills will be taught in drawing, colored pencil techniques and composition.
Carol Ann Morley is an illustrator and dedicated teacher of botanical illustration working in Dover, NH. She founded the Botanical Art Illustration Certificate Program at the New York Botanical Garden and teaches illustration there and at other botanical gardens. This is Ms. Morley’s only summer workshop in the Berkshires for 2014.
Not only is Jacob’s Pillow one of the Berkshire’s most celebrated cultural institutions and famous dance festivals in the world, it is also home to an incredible display of annual and perennial gardens. Join garden designer Valerie Locher for a behind-the-scenes tour of these much admired gardens. Concentrating on annuals, Valerie will discuss her design concepts and will share tips and techniques for keeping gardens beautiful throughout the summer. Following the tour, participants are welcome to attend a free performance at the Pillow’s Inside/Out theater.
Valerie Locher owns a local landscape design and gardening business and has been cultivating the grounds of Jacob’s Pillow since the early ’80s, when she first donated four hanging baskets to the Ted Shawn Theater. Since then she has worked to renovate the Tea Garden, the Meeker Garden and the Inside/Out theater, helping the gardens to become a beloved part of the spirit of Jacob’s Pillow. It is her way to contribute to the dance community and help set the stage for all of the great performances that occur there each summer.
This program is designed for all ages and highlights some of the furry creatures that inhabit the landscape with us. Travelling under cover of dark, many of these amazing mammals seldom show themselves to humans during the day. Instructor Rick Roth will encourage families to get to know these mammals, learn about their natural history, and help develop appreciation and respect for these wild animals that often live in our own backyards. The talk will include live specimens including a fisher cat, grey fox, skunk, flying squirrels and more.
Rick Roth, a conservationist and teacher, runs The Creature Teachers, a family-owned environmental and animal education company. His goal is to educate the public about the wonders and diversity of the animals that share our planet.