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!
This year, we spotlight unusual bulbs in “Out of Africa: Discovering
African Bulbs Among New England Springtime Favorites”
Our Fitzpatrick Greenhouse is a harbinger of spring through March 17 when the public is invited to enjoy nearly 100 flowering bulbs in an exhibition, “Out of Africa: Discovering African Bulbs Among New England Springtime Favorites.” The exhibit is open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition to regional springtime blooms such as narcissus, tulips and grape hyacinths, this year’s exhibit includes a collection of South African bulbs rarely seen in New England. Visitors are encouraged to stop by several times during the exhibition, as different bulbs will be blooming throughout the month.
Join horticulturist Rob Girard in the greenhouse on Saturday, March 11 for a Q & A on our South African bulb collection. Register online at berkshirebotanical.org or by calling 413 320-4794.
What better way to say hello to spring than with PLANTS AND ANSWERS, our 40th annual Plant Sale. We’ve hand picked and grown some of our favorite plant selections and new varieties this year – you won’t want to miss it!
If you would like to volunteer for this event or are interested in becoming a vendor, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413.298.3926 ext. 10.
For a complete list of volunteer positions, and to sign up, click HERE.
New Dates for 2017!
Friday, May 19:
9 -11 am: Members-only early buying privileges
11 am -5 pm: Open to the general public
Saturday, May 20:
9 am -5 pm: Open to the general public
Free admission and free parking!
Located on the grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden at the junction of
Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge, MA. GPS address: 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA
Donate your unwanted garden and patio items for the tag sale. Donated items must be in good condition and in working order, ready to resell. Drop off at the Garden Mon-Fri, through May 7. Donations are tax-deductible.
2017 Plant Sale Vendors
We look forward to welcoming vendors from near and far, who offer a wide range of items for plant lovers to enjoy. This year’s vendors include:
JK Custon Furniture
Zyra Clay Studio
Thompson Goat Farm
Farm at Miller’s Crossing
Northeast Native Seeds
Blueberry Hill Cafe
Sundae’s Best Chocolate Fudge
The Peach Tree
Bid on specialty plants, wall gardens, green services and more. . .
Get a jump-start on the season at the iconic BBG (Be-a-Better-Gardener!) Plant Sale. We’ll have thousands of plants to choose from, including 180+ species and cultivars of native plants!
For a complete list of plants, click here: Plant Sale 2017
Each year, BBG’s staff posts their favorite Plant Sale Picks!
See this year’s list!
Ten designers and builders interpret play house structures for Berkshire Botanical Garden’s summer exhibition, “PlayDate: Playhouses in the Garden” opens with a reception scheduled for Friday, May 26, 5-7 p.m. at the Garden in Stockbridge.
The PlayDate structures vary in size and theme, from a medieval fortress-style house, to an outdoor transparent “play room” and an English-style timber framed cottage. Other designs include a tree trunk transformed into a hobbit house, a 19th Century shepherd’s wagon, a teepee-style structure, a sanctuary, and an antique aviary tea party. A permanent installation at the Garden, the Martha Stewart Cottage, will receive a makeover for the exhibition, transforming the traditional garden cottage into a wild themed jungle room of ferns and other plants. A total of 12 structures will be included in the exhibition.
The exhibition is free with Garden admission. PlayDate will remain on display through September 24.
Designers and builders:
West Stockbridge, MA
Great Barrington, MA
This seven-week studio intensive is essential for students who anticipate working in garden planning and design. Learn basic drafting skills necessary to record and effectively communicate scaled site plans. The first four weeks of the course will cover reference books, drafting supplies, media/paper types, line weights; lettering and scale reading. Drafting demonstrations will familiarize students with professional drawing techniques and the students will begin to draft basic site plans. Map making will be covered in week four. During the last half of the course, students will learn to develop a landscape graphic palette to illustrate trees, shrubs, perennials and ground covers as well as hardscape materials such as stone terraces, etc. Students will also learn professional rendering techniques using prismacolor pencils. This course is designed for beginners to intermediates and will prepare students for all design classes offered in the Horticultural Certificate Program. We strongly suggest that all students who anticipate working professionally in the field of horticulture complete this course. For materials list, click here.
$25 copy fee applies.
Instructor – Steven Foster, ASLA is a registered landscape architect in MA with over thirty years experience. He currently divides his time between private practice and teaching at the Landscape Design Institute affiliated with Arnold Arboretum and Harvard University.
John Wiley & Sons
Plan and Section Drawing
John Wiley & Sons
Grant W. Reid ASLA
For materials list, click here.
Discounted Cost for 3 Fall Level II Courses: $975
This fast-paced, information-saturated clinic will introduce design students, home owners others to an opportunity-finding and problem-solving 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. Students will come away 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. This all-day workshop is a prerequisite for Landscape Design II course offered in fall 2018. The field trip is held rain or shine.
Instructor – Walter Cudnohufsky, M.L.A. is a long-time dedicated teacher. Having founded and for twenty years directed the nationally acclaimed Conway (Mass.) School of Landscape Design, he has honed a reasoned approach to planning design. Currently his firm is engaged in many diverse and stimulating planning/design projects throughout the region.
Discounted price for 3 Fall Level II courses: $975
Classes meet on Wednesdays, November 1 – December 20 from 5:30 – 8:30pm.
Learn skills essential for effective functional garden design that honor the site and meet client needs. Each week will cover a different topic or technique focusing on the importance of getting to know the client and site as a basis of effective and appealing design. Essential and easy-to-grasp design principles for those who design or install gardens will be introduced throughout the course, with the goal of practicing a form-finding approach to garden design. The tools taught will provide a vocabulary essential for assessing a property’s potential and problems, and for asking the right questions to realize a client’s wishes while avoiding common design mistakes. Learn how to make well considered and sustainable choices for the elements and materials commonly used in the residential-scale garden. Students will select a project and take it from creative concept to completed design plan, including schematic drawings and planting plans. Each class will involve instruction and evaluation of projects in progress and will include both class instruction and studio time. Students will make a formal presentation at the final class.
Instructor – Chuck Schnell, M.A.; Guest Instructor– Walt Cudnohufsky, R.L.A., M.L.A.
Discounted Cost for 3 Fall Level II Courses: $975
Learn how to design a planting plan for private and public garden spaces. Explore the manipulation of space by using plant material through a series of exercises dealing with form, color and texture. Students will consider the nature of plant characteristics in specific design settings. Style of house will be used for a source of inspiration while honoring the horticultural needs of each plant. Students will make presentations for each project and class critiques will be positive, instructive and essential to the learning process. This is a participatory class. Required text: Professional Planting Design by Scott Scarfone. Prerequisites: Herbaceous Plants, Ornamental Woody Plants, Drafting for Garden Design. For materials list, click here.
Instructor – David Dew Bruner, ASLA is an award winning landscape architect and fine artist with over 35 years of experience ranging from Deputy Administrator of Riverside Park, NYC to amusement park design, historical restoration and all scales of residential design. Originally from New Orleans, he has a BLA and a BFA from LSU as well as a MLA form the University of Massachusetts.
Professional Planting Design: An Architectural and Horticultural Approach to Creating a Mixed Bed
John Wiley Publishers