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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
8
Thu
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.

May
22
Thu
Annual Spring Trip: Down and Dirty in Rhode Island @ offsite
May 22 @ 11:30 am – 10:30 pm

This trip has neared capacity.  To reserve your space call the Garden at 413.298.3926.

Dress for the weather, bring a bag lunch and wear comfortable, sturdy footwear. Those wishing to order the take-out meal of fish ‘n’ chips will be charged an additional $20. Coach bus leaves Berkshire Botanical Garden promptly.

14.5.22 Down and Dirty in Rhode Island

Join the Berkshire Botanical Garden staff for a day-long adventure to the southeast coast of Rhode Island to explore an extraordinary garden, nurseries and more. Sakonnet Garden, in Little Compton, RI, will be the featured visit of the day. This “exceptional American garden” (as quoted by Marco Polo Stufano, former Director of Wave Hill, and John Trexler, former Director of Tower Hill Botanic Garden) is a garden full of inspiration. Sakonnet is a secret garden embedded within a native coastal fields landscape. At the diminutive scale of a cottage garden, it is conceived of as an intimate place to explore, with multiple paths leading one onward to unexpected experiences.

Owners John Gywnne and Mikal Folcarelli will lead a tour of their property. First, consider a restored meadow managed for endangered bobolinks. Learn about the ecological theory behind the meadow’s management and hopefully spot one of these wonderful upland meadow birds. Then, explore the small walled garden, designed as a series of small garden rooms. Following the tour, Ed Bowen from Opus Nursery of Little Compton, RI, will be on hand to sell some of his great Zone 5 plants.

Enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn—or wait—for the next stop! As we leave the coast, we will stop at the head of the Sakonnet River for a take-out order of fish ‘n’ chips (optional, of course). Enjoy this Rhode Island tradition at well known Evelyn’s Clam Shack (as seen on the Food Channel: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, hosted by Guy Fieri). The coastal scenery, including boats in the harbor, will be a special treat for us upland creatures. On the return trip we will detour into western Connecticut for a tour of the fabled greenhouses of Logee’s. In business since 1892, this series of five connected greenhouses holds an extensive collection of tropical, semi-tropical and tender perennial plants, as well as orchids, begonias, scented geraniums, citrus and so much more. The staff of Logee’s will give an introduction to the group, and participants can roam the greenhouses and purchase special plants to take home. Enjoy the hosting skills of the BBG staff, including a mid-morning snack and afternoon wine and cheese.

May
30
Fri
Cocktails in Great Gardens – The home of Jean and Georgeanne Rousseau
May 30 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

This event has filled. Please call 413.298.3926 or email info@berkshirebotanical.org to join the waitlist.

photo(6)We start our Cocktails in Great Gardens season off with a bang at the home of Jean and Georgeanne Rousseau.

Hors d’oeuvres, a cold refreshment, and the warm summer light of late afternoon are the perfect companions to take in some of the area’s most spectacular private gardens through our Cocktails in Great Gardens series.  It’s a rare opportunity to roam these private spaces with the gardeners themselves that you will not want to miss.  Tickets are limited and reservations are required.  Call 413.298.3926 for more information.

Jun
4
Wed
The Especially Fragrant Garden of Page Dickey: Shrub Roses and More… @ North Salem, NY
Jun 4 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire Botanical Garden for an 8:30 am departure. Carpool will return at approximately 3:30 pm.

14.6.4 The Fragrant Garden of Page DickeyJoin well known gardener and author Page Dickey for a private study tour of her garden at the height of the shrub rose bloom. Page will share her insights into gardening and will discuss the use of fragrant shrubs, with a focus on her favorite shrub roses. Learn about how she selects, designs and cultivates these fragrant beauties. This tour will inspire even the most casual gardeners to get down on their knees and plant shrubs. Following the tour, Page invites participants to picnic on the lawn. On the return trip we will stop at one of Page’s favorite local nurseries, Claire’s Garden Center, in Patterson, NY.

Page Dickey is a gardener and garden writer living and gardening at Duck Hill in North Salem, NY. Her books include Embroidered Ground, Gardens in the Spirit of Place, the award-winning Breaking Ground: Portraits of Ten Garden Designers, Duck Hill Journal: A Year in a Country Garden, Dogs in Their Gardens and Cats in Their Gardens. A contributor to numerous magazines over the years, she lectures across the country and is one of the founders of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program. She lives and gardens with her husband in the company of assorted dogs, cats, and chickens.

Jun
20
Fri
Cocktails in Great Gardens – The Home of Bunny Williams @ The Home of Bunny Williams
Jun 20 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

This event is nearing capacity.  Please call 413.298.3926 to purchase tickets.

Bunny WilliamsOne of the finest gardens around and home of one of the most well known gardeners just about anywhere – The home of Bunny Williams is a masterpiece.  Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to visit this amazing piece of gardening.

Hors d’oeuvres, a cold refreshment, and the warm summer light of late afternoon are the perfect companions to take in some of the area’s most spectacular private gardens through our Cocktails in Great Gardens series.  It’s a rare opportunity to roam these private spaces with the gardeners themselves that you will not want to miss.  Tickets are limited and reservations are required.  Call 413.298.3926 for more information.

Jul
11
Fri
Cocktails in Great Gardens – The home of Peter Bevacqua and Stephen King
Jul 11 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

This event is nearing capacity.  For ticket and and wait list availability, please call the Garden at 413.298.3926.

Peter gardenStep through the gates of this garden and you’ll find yourself in a private magical world.  This two-acre garden feels much larger because of its division into many garden rooms. One area unfolds upon the next, each with its own unique sense of style and individuality. Key to the garden’s style is the focus on form and texture. Texture derived from the selection and juxtaposition of plants whose form, leaf shape, and color create a tapestry that remains interesting long after flowers fade.

The garden is featured in the recently published book: The Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley, by Monacelli Press

Hors d’oeuvres, a cold refreshment, and the warm summer light of late afternoon are the perfect companions to take in some of the area’s most spectacular private gardens through our Cocktails in Great Gardens series.  It’s a rare opportunity to roam these private spaces with the gardeners themselves that you will not want to miss.  Tickets are limited and reservations are required.  Call 413.298.3926 for more information.

Jul
17
Thu
Twin Maples Country Estate: Designing a Garden to Complement the House @ offsite
Jul 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This class is full.  Please call 413.298.3926 for wait list information.

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 Salisbury, CT, is 10am – noon.)

14.7.17 Twin MaplesJoin horticulturist Deb Munson for an in-depth tour behind the gardening scenes at Twin Maples, a beautiful estate garden located in Salisbury, CT. This field study will give participants insights into the design and maintenance of the formal gardens and container plantings surrounding this Georgian home. Deb will share her gardening expertise, tips and techniques for designing a formal garden of any size. Her talk will focus on the long border, herb garden, terrace and green garden. Follow the transition from these formal gardens to the adjoining naturalistic woodland garden, 40-acre meadow and wonderful shrub borders. Enjoy spectacular views of the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, a 40-minute drive from Berkshire Botanical Garden.   This is an extraordinary  garden and a wonderful place to spend a summer morning.

Deb Munson is a horticulturist working in the northwest corner of Connecticut. In addition to designing and maintaining her clients’ amazing gardens, she has created with her husband, Brian, her own mountaintop refuge in Falls Village. She gardens with a strongly environmental and sustainable ethic.

Jul
19
Sat
Woodworker’s Guild Show
Jul 19 @ 2:00 pm – Jul 20 @ 9:00 pm
Aug
7
Thu
The Beautiful Garden of Bunny Williams @ offsite
Aug 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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.)

14.8.07 The Beautiful Garden of Bunny WilliamsJoin 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.

Aug
14
Thu
Dancing Flowers: The Gardens of Jacob’s Pillow @ Offsite: Jacob's Pillow
Aug 14 @ 8:30 pm

TeaGarden.flowers.2.MFodor copyNot 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.

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