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!
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Step 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.
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.
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.)
Join 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.
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.
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 class is near capacity. To register, please call the Garden at 413.298.3926.
Bring a bagged lunch. 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 pm. Program time in Washington, CT, is 10am – 1:30pm.
Learn how to extend the beauty of the summer garden on this study tour of two exceptional private gardens in Washington, CT. Gardeners tend to concentrate their efforts in early and mid summer, but late summer can be an exceptional time of beauty…if one knows how to achieve it. Join George Schoellkopf as he leads you through Hollister House Gardens at its late summer peak, in tip-top shape for their annual study weekend. Learn about gardening in early September as summer cools and fall advances—a beautiful time to be in the garden. Then we will travel just up the road to Brush Hill Gardens, a horticultural gem created by Barbara Paul Robinson and Charles Raskob Robinson. This 40-year-old garden “is very much a gardening partnership: Charlie sculpts the land, designs and builds all the garden structures and opens new ‘canvases’ for Barbara to paint her plants upon.” Join Barbara Robinson for a tour of her garden with an eye for structure and form, in addition to a sophisticated plant palette. We are invited to picnic on the lawn of this magnificent property. Elisabeth Cary, Director of Education at Berkshire Botanical Garden, will be the tour leader on the trip.
Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire Botanical Garden for a 9am departure. Carpool will return at approximately 3 pm. Program time in Northampton, MA, is 10 am – 2 pm.
Cost of lunch is not included in the fee.
Join BBG staff for an in-depth field study of Smith College Arboretum and Lyman Conservatory. First, tour the exceptional collection of woody plants at the height of the fall foliage with Landscape Manager and arborist, Jay Girard. Consider shrubs, small ornamental trees and large trees that thrive in our gardening zone that are particularly beautiful during the late summer and fall. Then explore the extensive collection of tropical, citrus, semi-tropical, succulent and cactus collections with longtime Lyman Conservatory Manager, Rob Nicholson. After studying this extensive collection of plants, participants can choose to purchase lunch at Paul & Elisabeth’s, a popular Northampton restaurant in walking distance of the college. Director of Education, Elisabeth Cary, will lead the tour from BBG and will contribute her “two-cents” on the wonderful woody plant collection.
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Dress for outdoors, waterproof footwear and a bag lunch.
This fast-paced, information-saturated clinic will introduce design students, homeowners and others to opportunities to problem-solve the design process. It will lead to the basic conceptual elements of a landscape master plan. All attendees will participate in the process of observing and designing and will come away with coherent examples of how design happens. An active discussion format will focus on common design principles. A step-by-step PowerPoint presentation will focus the discussion later in the afternoon. The field trip will be held rain or shine.
Walter Cudnohufsky is owner of Walter Cudnohufsky Associates Landscape Architects, Land and Community Planners, Ashfield, MA. He is the founder and for 20 years was the director of the Conway School of Landscape Design.
Unfortunately, this trip has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Join mad garden shopper Elisabeth Cary for a trip to the newly opened, fabulous garden/lifestyle store, Terrain, located in Westport, CT. The brain-child of the founders of Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, this gardening emporium is a treasure-trove of fabulous lifestyle products with an emphasis on GARDEN. Known for an exceptional selection of terrarium supplies, unique glass containers and phenomenal plants, join a terrarium specialist for a terrarium demonstration. The day will include the demonstration, time for shopping and lunch at the cafe. This program is scheduled for the beginning of the holiday season, so save your pennies! For more information about Terrain, visit www.shopterrain.com.
The date of this class has been rescheduled to Saturday April 18.
Participants should dress warmly and bring pruners and a bag lunch. Directions available upon registration
This demonstration/workshop will focus on the specifics of pruning stone and pome fruit trees and some small fruits, including cane fruits and ribes. Unlike ornamental woody plants, pruning for fruit is a special science that is designed to maximize fruit production. Learn the principles of pruning for shape, size and, most importantly, fruit production. Watch a structural pruning demonstration on newly planted fruit trees. Semi-dwarf orchard trees, including mature and newly planted trees, will be available for pruning.
Steve McKay is the former Grape and Small Fruit Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension in eastern New York State. He has a B.S. in entomology from U.C. Davis and a M.S. in pomology. He own Micosta, a fruit nursery located in Hudson, NY. He specializes in traditional and unusual fruit tree and small fruits.