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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
23
Thu
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Annual Garden Tour @ Brooklyn Botanic Garden
May 23 @ 11:30 am – 10:30 pm

Please call the Garden to purchase tickets for this event as we are close to capacity.  413.298.3926
Brooklyn1Join the Berkshire Botanical Garden staff for a day-long adventure to the other BBG: Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This 100-year-old garden in the heart of Brooklyn is dedicated to displaying plants and practicing the high art of horticulture to provide a beautiful and hospitable setting for the delight and inspiration of the public. The horticulture staff at Brooklyn Botanic Garden will lead a personal tour of the gardens including the restored Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, new mixed perennial border at the Lily Pool Terrace, Alice Recknagel Ireys Fragrance Garden, Starr Bonsai Museum, Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery and many more horticultural wonders at this 36-acre botanical garden. Not to be missed is the Osborne Garden, a semi-formal garden with ten wisteria-draped pergolas framing an emerald lawn, large plantings of varied colors and textures and several stone features. Wander the grounds with Brooklyn Botanic Garden staff and consider the wonderful plant collections, including tree peonies, lilacs, cherries, orchids, roses aBrooklyn2nd magnolias. These annual field trips have become a favorite spring tradition for a wonderful group of garden members. Join the fun and meet a great group of plant nuts! A morning snack and late-afternoon refreshments will be provided, compliments of the staff at Berkshire Botanical Garden.

Dress for the weather, bring a bag lunch and wear comfortable sturdy footwear.

 

Jun
6
Thu
Amazing Trees @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Jun 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Amazing1Tour the grounds of Berkshire Botanical Garden, view the exceptional tree collection and learn about these gentle giants and their importance in the landscape. Continue the tour at Tanglewood Music Festival, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and learn about the importance of shade trees in the landscape. Consider the many varieties of shade trees, observe mature specimens and assess shape, size, and cultural requirements required to grow happy trees. This walking tour will cover the importance of selecting the right plant for the right site as well as the tenuous relationship between turf and trees. Enjoy the morning by walking, talking and admiring one of nature’s most magnificent gifts.

Ken 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.

Jun
8
Sat
Tasting Terroir: A Story of Earth, Wine and Human Hope @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Jun 8 @ 8:00 pm


TastingTerroir1Consider the role of terroir throughout the history of wine.While highlighting the essential role of earth in the terroir that many people believe characterizes fine wine, author Paul Lukacsand wine merchant Jim Nejaimewill present a lecture and tasting. Based on his new book, Inventing Wine: a New History of One of The World’s Most Ancient Pleasures, Paul will present the intriguing investigation of terroir: its facts and fictions. Wines featured will demonstrate the significance of terroir. Paul’s new book will be sold following the lecture, and showcased wines will be available for order.

Paul Lukacs is the author of American Vintage and The Great Wines of America. A James Beard, Cliquot and IACP award winner, he has been writing about wine and its cultural contexts for nearly 20 years. He is a professor of English at Loyola University of Maryland, where he directs the University’s Center for the Humanities. Jim Nejames, a wine merchant, owns Spirited, a retail wine store located in Lenox, MA. He finds and sells great wines from around the world and specializes in wine consulting, stocking wine cellars, wine classes and wine tastings.

Wine tasting, book signing and sale to follow the talk.

Jun
15
Sat
At Home in a Potager Garden @ Offsite Location. Carpool to site from BBG
Jun 15 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

 
PotagerGrowing food at home in a beautifully designed potager garden is a combination of the best of both gardening worlds: utility and beauty. Visit a garden homestead with a focus on growing food, flowers and fruit in a secluded setting with extraordinary views to the west. Designed and cultivated by a husband and wife team, this is their vision of sustainable gardening. Consider design elements including paths, vertical structures, fencing, ornamental pots and layout. Also learn about plant selection, crop rotation, companion planting, mulching of both food and flowers, and don’t forget a trip to the compost pile. The owners will share their experiences with extending the vegetable season in cold frames and unheated hoop house. The owners invite students to picnic on the lawn or back porch following the workshop.
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.

Brina a bagged lunch and dress for the weather.  Enrollment limited.

Jun
20
Thu
Native Knowledge: Learning about Native Plants at Nasami Farm @ Meet at Berkshire Botanical Garden. Carpool to site.
Jun 20 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

 
NativeKnowledgeExplore one of New England’s best native plant nurseries: Nasami Farm, the native plant nursery and sanctuary of New England Wild Flower Society, located on 75 acres in Whately, Massachusetts.  The staff at Nasami Farm propagates, sells and researches the native flora of New England. View hundreds of native plant species including perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, and ferns – many found nowhere else – a retail area, native plant borders and stock beds. This field study/tour will be led by head propagator Kate Stafford.  She will discuss propagation of native plants with a focus on wildflowers.  Following the program the group will explore the farm’s abundant wildflowers on display.  Of course there will be time to shop for plants and to picnic on the grounds of the farm.

Kate Stafford is Nursery Operations Manager and Propagator at Nasami Farm. She has a profound interest in plant communities, the life that they support and recreating this in the garden.  She specializes in propagating wildflowers from seed.

Jul
8
Mon
The Garden In Watercolors Session I: En Plein Air Watercolor Painting in the Summer Garden @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Jul 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is a series of four class sessions held on consecutive Mondays, July 8, 15, 22 and 29. You can register for the whole series or, alternatively, sign up for any number of individual classes (see calendar listings on those dates below).

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 may 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. Click here to see the Materials List.

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 annkremers.com.

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Jul
11
Thu
Collecting Woody Plants @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Jul 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm



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Longing for that special hydrangea? Learn how to propagate easy-to-grow shrubs and trees. This workshop will cover how to collect, prepare and propagate shrubs and trees from softwood cuttings. Set at a great time of the year, participants will take cuttings, make a simple propagator and learn techniques to insure successful rooting. Easily propagated shrub varieties, cultivation requirements, timing and care will be the focus of this program. Participants will go home with wonderful selections from the Berkshire Botanical Garden’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.

Jul
15
Mon
The Garden In Watercolors Session I: En Plein Air Watercolor Painting in the Summer Garden @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is one in a series of four class sessions held on consecutive Mondays, July 8, 15, 22 and 29. You can register for the whole series or, alternatively, sign up for this class or any of the other classes in the series (see calendar listings for those dates).

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 may 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. Click here to see the Materials List.

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 annkremers.com.

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Jul
18
Thu
Meadow Gardening at its Very Best @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Jul 18 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

To register for this class, please call the Garden as we are nearing capacity.

MeadowThis field study will give participants an in-depth look at an exceptional ten-year-old New England meadow, designed by meadow expert Larry Weaner. Tour this amazing 40-acre upland meadow at the height of its bloom with head gardener Deb Munson and learn about planting, maintenance, plant selection, weed control and more. Additionally, tour the beautiful formal gardens surrounding this Georgian home and enjoy spectacular views of the northwest corner of Connecticut. The owner will make a presentation on the development of the garden and has graciously invited participants to picnic on the lawns of this exceptional estate. A mere 40-minute drive from Berkshire Botanical Garden, this extraordinary horticultural gem is a wonderful place to spend a summer morning.

Deb Munson is a horticulturist with a strongly environmental and sustainable ethic in her gardening practices.

Jul
22
Mon
The Garden In Watercolors Session I: En Plein Air Watercolor Painting in the Summer Garden @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Jul 22 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is one in a series of four class sessions held on consecutive Mondays, July 8, 15, 22 and 29. You can register for the whole series or, alternatively, sign up for this class or any of the other classes in the series (see calendar listings for those dates).

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 may 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. Click here to see the Materials List.

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 annkremers.com.

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