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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!

Apr
27
Sat
Building A Dry Stone Wall @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Apr 27 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 


Stonewall1This hands-on program will cover the basics of dry stone wall building, including planning and layout and demonstrations on cutting and fitting. The morning will consist of a lecture, a walk through the garden to view a variety of stone walls and site preparation. Students will learn how to set up a batter frame and cut stone, and will practice laying stones to create structural integrity through interlocking placement. Following the demonstrations, students will work on a dry stone wall and practice wall-building. The workshop will pay special attention to building a freestanding wall using field stone. All questions will be answered.

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Mark Mendel started Monterey masonry in 1982.He apprenticed with Maine stonemasons in the 1960’s and taught at the Haystack School of Crafts in Deer Isle, ME.He has built scores of walls, arches, terraces and walks and hundreds of fireplaces in both brick and stone.Locally, his work includes the stone walls in front ofGuido’s Marketplace, the fireplace at the Route 7 Grill and the stone walls at the new entrance to Berkshire School. He designed, built and donated the stone spinning fan at the new Berkshire Botanical Garden rose garden. Working as a stone consultant for Cuningham Group Architects of Minneapolis, Mendel was part of the design team that received the 2012 Tucker design Award, a biennial award presented by the Building Stone Institute. The Tucker design award is the most prestigious national award given in the stone industry.

The rain date for this event will be Sunday, April 28th.  Dress for outdoor work and bring safety glasses, heavy gloves, sturdy waterproof footwear and a bag lunch.

Transplanting Shrubs and Planting Small Ornamental Trees @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Transplanting1Learn 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.

Transplanting2Ken 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.  Additionally, he is a Massachusetts Certified Arborist and teaches arboriti-culture at the Garden.

Bring work gloves and dress for the weather.

May
2
Thu
Not Your Grandmother’s Peonies @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
May 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

May 16 PeopniesConsider the showgirls of the garden, herbaceous peonies. Elisabeth Cary will take students on a tour of some of the best herbaceous peonies, including some of the exceptional species, Paeonia japonica, or woodland peonies. 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, a woodland setting or as cut flowers will be covered. Students will take home a division or seedling from the instructor’s collection.

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.

Passion for Plants – Thursdays, May 2nd-16th 10am-Noon
May 2 @ 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: herbaceous peonies, flowering shrubs of merit and the enormous genus of geraniums.

May 16 PeopniesNot Your Grandmother’s Peonies May 2

Consider the showgirls of the garden, herbaceous peonies. Elisabeth Cary will take students on a tour of some of the best herbaceous peonies, including some of the exceptional species, Paeonia japonica, or woodland peonies. 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, a woodland setting or as cut flowers will be covered. Students will take home a division or seedling from the instructor’s collection.

Flowering Shrubs to Grow at Home May 9Hamamelis intermedia 'Diana'2

Longing for that special hydrangea? Remember that sweet shrub your grandmother had? Learn about the amazing variety of flowering shrubs – both native and non-native – available for the home landscape. Take a tour of the Garden’s great collection of shrubs, and consider varieties, cultivation requirements, designing with shrubs, and pruning. Students will learn how to propagate woody shrubs from greenwood cuttings and will receive a list of fabulous shrubs to grow at home.

May 16 Land of Geraniums3The Land of Geraniums May 16

Although a modest group of plants, geraniums serve a wide range of purposes in the garden. As ground covers for both sun and shade, these flowering warriors of the garden sprawl and tumble throughout the perennial border. Investigate this genus and identify those that serve the gardener well. Selections will be discussed for garden-worthiness, growth habit, aesthetic consideration, siting, planting, cultivation and maintenance.

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.

May
4
Sat
ATTENTION: Setting Up a Beehive: POSTPONED @ Offsite location: Elisabeth Cary House
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


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Attention:  The date of this class has been delayed to an undetermined date due to an  delay in bee delivery.  Call the Garden for more details 413.298.3926.

Join beekeeper Jan Johnson for step-by-step instruction and demonstration on setting up a beehive, beginning indoors with a close-up look at how bees arrive for installation. Safety equipment, how to stay protected,structuralcomponents, assembly and siting of the hive will be discussed. Jan will thendemonstrate how to introduce bees into a new hive. Participants will be able to observe from a safe distance. Following the demonstration, Jan will be on hand to answer questions.Beehive2

Jan Johnson is a beekeeper and owner of Berkshire Wildflower Honey, an apiary located in Great Barrington, MA. She practices natural beekeepingandproduces and sells raw honey, beeswax skin care products and beeswax candles. She is certified through Cornell’s Master Beekeeping Program and studied with Nick Calderone, professor of entomology and head of Cornell’s Dyce Laboratory for Honeybee Studies.

This Program is tentatively scheduled for Saturday April 27th at 2pm.  This date is subject to weather conditions and bee delivery.  Once you sign up for the workshop, BBG will keep you posted about the actual time and day and directions to the location.  It will take place on a weekend.

Opening Reception for Down to Earth: Architects Redesign the Potting Shed @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
May 4 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm


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This year, we’ve invited six architects to the Garden to give us their artistic interpretation of the Potting Shed.  The exhibit will run from May 5th through Columbus day, with an opening reception and cocktail party to be held on May the 4th from 5 – 7.   A great way to celebrate spring in the Berkshires and welcome the opening of our 2013 season at Garden.

This event is generously sponsored by:

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May
9
Thu
Flowering Shrubs to Grow at Home @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
May 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Hamamelis intermedia 'Diana'2Longing for that special hydrangea? Remember that sweet shrub your grandmother had? Learn about the amazing variety of flowering shrubs – both native and non-native – available for the home landscape. Take a tour of the Garden’s great collection of shrubs, and consider varieties, cultivation requirements, designing with shrubs, and pruning. Students will learn how to propagate woody shrubs from greenwood cuttings and will receive a list of fabulous shrubs to grow at home.

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.

May
16
Thu
The Land of Geraniums @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
May 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

May 16 Land of Geraniums3Although a modest group of plants, geraniums serve a wide range of purposes in the garden. As ground covers for both sun and shade, these flowering warriors of the garden sprawl and tumble throughout the perennial border. Investigate this genus and identify those that serve the gardener well. Selections will be discussed for garden-worthiness, growth habit, aesthetic consideration, siting, planting, cultivation and maintenance.

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.

May
18
Sat
Homeowners’ Landscape Design Clinic with Walt Cudnohufsky
May 18 @ 1:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 
This fast-paced, information-saturated clinic will focus on several selected homes of workshop participants for either an in-class presentation or site visit. An active discussion format will focus on common design principles. Problem-solving, conceptualizing a landscape master plan and understanding the design process are among the topics to be explored. All attendees will participate in the process of observing and designing. Students will come away with coherent examples of how design happens. Should time permit, there will be visits to nearby projects completed and/or in-process by the leader. If you would like to be considered for one of the in-class projects or site visits, contact Elisabeth Cary at ecary@berkshirebotanical.org.Walter1

Walter Cudnohufsky is owner of Walter Cudnohufsky Associates Landscape Architects in Ashfield, MA.  He is the founder and, for 20 years, the director of the Conway School of Landscape Design. Mr. Cudnohufsky received his MLA from Harvard Graduate School of Design and has been recognized as an outstanding educator. His firm has received numerous awards.

Contained: The Art of Planting Pots @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
May 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Containers1This program covers all aspects of container gardening, including soil preparation, plant and pot selection, fertilization and seasonal maintenance. Consider aesthetic concepts when using pots and also how to keep your containers and potted plants happy year round.  This class covers a wide variety of annuals and tender perennials.  Watch a planting demonstration and discuss different soil mixes suitable for a variety of plant types.  Discussion will include long-term maintenance issues and tips for keeping your plants thriving all season long. Evaluate a number of alternative and creative ways to use interesting and unusual containers and watch a planting demonstration. Finally take home a special plant or two to start your container garden at home.

Jenna O’Brien owns Viridissima, a garden design and maintenance business.  Her specialties include perennial gardening and design, container culture and design, and indoor gardening and houseplants. She teaches for area horticultural organizations and has completed the Horticulture Certificate Program at Berkshire Botanical Garden.

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