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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!

Jul
29
Mon
Farm In The Garden Camp – Week 5 @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Jul 29 @ 1:00 pm – Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm

Limited space remaining.  Please call the Garden to register:  413.298.3926
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Kids, parents, grandparents and farm animals all agree – Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Farm in the Garden Camp is THE place to be!

Have your 5-10 year old join us for one of our five, one-week sessions between July 1st and August 2nd. Children learn the connections that exist with themselves, nature, the food we eat and the friendships that develop in between. There are baby animals to feed, vegetables to tend to, songs to sing, food to prepare and a life-long relationship with the outdoors to start building.

Submit an enrollment form via mail or fax:

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About Farm in the Garden Camp

  • Open to 5 -10 year olds
  • One-week sessions
  • Camp runs Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Drop-off at 8:45 a.m.
  • A maximum of 18 campers per session
  • Low staff to camper ratios

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Berkshire Botanical Garden has designed a program that will nurture the seeds of earth stewardship for young and old alike while connecting children to our food, our shared place, and to one another. The camp provides time, space, and guidance for children to do meaningful work and play in a caring, garden community brimming with expertise. The camp offers inherent pleasure and personal agency that comes with making things by hand. We will make cheese after milking our visiting goat, collect eggs and harvest and grind wheat berries before baking a quiche, and harvest dill to press carefully into goat cheese rounds. Our work at the garden will be to care for the plants and animals that sustain us and to make good use of the harvest. At Farm in the Garden Camp, participants are invited to join a community of children, grown-ups, plants and animals that engages one another through care, understanding, interaction, and sustenance.
Some of the things we do…
  • care for sheep and goats, feed bunnies, collect eggs
  • build a bean trellis, pull carrots, dig potatoes
  • make (and eat!) ice cream
  • sing songs and hear stories
  • eat snacks that we grew ourselves
  • card and felt wool
  • sell flowers at our farm stand
  • make new friends!

A typical day at Farm in the Garden Camp

  • 9:00 Campers Arrive/ Morning Circle
  • 9:30 Farm Animal Chores
  • 10:00 Snack
  • 10:15 Activity I
  • 11:15 Activity II
  • 12:15 Lunch/Circle of Thanks
  • 1:00 Story in the Schoolhouse
  • 1:30 Choice: Games, Craft, Animals, or Water Play
  • 2:30 Small group time
  • 3:00 Campers leave for the day

What to Bring to Camp

  • Campers should arrive in appropriate clothing for farm and garden work including a hat
  • Campers should wear comfortable, closed toe shoes
  • Snack, Lunch, Water bottle
  • Swimsuit & towel (for slip and slide)
  • Backpack or bag for bringing home swimsuit, towel, crafts, etc.
  • Sunblock/bug repellant should be applied before campers arrive
  • Please label all items with child’s name

 

 

Aug
1
Thu
Landscape Painting with John MacDonald – Oils or Acrylics @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 1 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm



LandscapeThis two-day intensive painting workshop will focus on using the essentials of painting – composition, value, color and edges – to create strong landscapes. We’ll look at different approaches and painting styles with the goal of finding your authentic voice. The class will work en plein air, weather permitting, or in the studio using photo reference. All levels of ability are welcome. Click here for Materials List.

John MacDonald has worked for 30 years as both a full-time freelance illustrator and landscape painter. He has won awards from Print magazine and has had work appear in the Society of Illustrators’ annual show. He is now concentrating solely on painting and teaching. His paintings can be found in private, corporate and museum collections throughout North America.

Aug
2
Fri
Landscape Painting with John MacDonald – Oils or Acrylics @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 2 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm



LandscapeThis two-day intensive painting workshop will focus on using the essentials of painting – composition, value, color and edges – to create strong landscapes. We’ll look at different approaches and painting styles with the goal of finding your authentic voice. The class will work en plein air, weather permitting, or in the studio using photo reference. All levels of ability are welcome. Click here for Materials List.

John MacDonald has worked for 30 years as both a full-time freelance illustrator and landscape painter. He has won awards from Print magazine and has had work appear in the Society of Illustrators’ annual show. He is now concentrating solely on painting and teaching. His paintings can be found in private, corporate and museum collections throughout North America.

Aug
5
Mon
The Garden in Watercolors Session II: En Plein Air Watercolor Painting in the Summer Garden @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 5 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm



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This is a series of four class sessions held on consecutive Mondays, August 5, 12, 19 and 26. 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 for 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.

 

Aug
7
Wed
Private Edens: Beautiful Country Gardens @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 7 @ 8:00 pm

[Please call the Garden at 413-298-3926 to register for this class.]

PrivateEdens1Private country paradises marry the artistry of man with the beauty of nature. Join garden designer Jack Staub on a visual garden tour through twenty-one superb private country gardens in Virginia, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, each with a unique story to tell. This lecture is based on his latest book Private Edens: Beautiful Country Gardens. From a romantic garden that pays homage to the best of English garden vernacular to a historic farmstead to a splendid Maryland-meets-Himalayas Eden of transcendent serenity, these garden paradises are inspirational on their own terms and together offer up the breadth and depth of what we can all achieve with a little respect for nature and a bit of imagination. Inspired plant palettes and combinations, dazzling views, ingenious water features, splendid outbuildings, artistically crafted fences and gates, and exceptional garden structures and appointments all draw us into these heavenly landscapes and, ultimately and emotionally, into the countryside of our longing. A book sale and signing of Private Edens: Beautiful Country Gardens will follow the lecture.

Jack Staub is a passionate-edible gardener and locavore advocate, and author of the celebrated “75” series of edible gardening books, whichincludes 75 Exciting Vegetables for Your Garden, 75 Remarkable Fruits for Your Garden, and 75 Exceptional Herbs for Your Garden. His latest book with photographer Rob Cardillo isPrivate Edens: Beautiful Country Gardens. With his partner, landscape designer Renny Reynolds, he is the owner of historic Hortulus Farm in Wrightstown, Pennsylvania.

 

Book sale and signing to follow the talk.

Aug
9
Fri
Family Fridays – Birds of Prey – Tom Ricardi, Wildlife Rehabillitator @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 9 @ 2:30 pm

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Our popular Family Fridays are back!

Meet the feathered, hairy and scaly creatures that live near and far.  Family Friday programs are for children and adults, open to all, and free with paid admission to the garden.  Designed to develop an appreciation of the natural world, these programs will inform and delight participants of all ages.  These popular programs meet in the Education Center at 10:30am.

Join wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi for his ever popular presentation on birds of prey. This program is designed for families. Tom will share the natural history of these magnificent birds, demonstrate some of their unique behaviors and will inspire children of all ages to appreciate, respect and conserve these important members of our wild kingdom.

Tom Ricardi is a licensed rehabilitator and wildlife biologist. He runs Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center in Conway, MA, and is now retired after 40 years of service as a Massachusetts Environmental Conservation police officer.

Aug
10
Sat
Contained Exuberance: Walk About Tour @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 10 @ 3:00 pm

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Each year we bring together some of the region’s most talented designers and invite them to create individual container gardens that we display in an exhibit we like to call Contained Exuberance.  Tucked away in different spots throughout the Garden, one of the highlights of this exhibit will be on August 10th at our Designer Walkabout, where we learn the stories behind the designers’ visions.  It never fails to yield insight and ideas.

Aug
12
Mon
The Garden in Watercolors Session II: En Plein Air Watercolor Painting in the Summer Garden @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm



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This is one in a series of four class sessions held on consecutive Mondays, August 5, 12, 19 and 26. 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 for 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.

 

Aug
14
Wed
Botanical Illustration: Drawing Fruits and Flowers with Colored Pencil @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 14 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

[LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE – PLEASE CALL THE GARDEN AT 413-298-3926 TO REGISTER]

Botanicalillustration1Morley1This intensive workshop will focus on colored-pencil techniques for botanical illustration. Learn ways to create textured backgrounds and colors smooth as glass or rough as sandpaper. This versatile medium can be used to mimic an oil painting, pastel or watercolor.  Explore a full range of techniques for creating both bold and subtle effects that will bring a botanical drawing alive. Participants should bring a pear and other fruits or flowers to include in their illustrations. Click  here for Materials List.

Carol Ann Morley is an illustrator and dedicated teacher of botanical illustration working in Dover, NH. She founded the Botanical Art Illustration Certificate Program at the New York Botanical Garden and teaches illustration there and for other botanical gardens. This is Ms. Morley’s only summer workshop in the Berkshires for 2013.

This is a 3-day class: August 14, 15 and 16.

Bring a bag lunch.

 

Aug
15
Thu
Standing Stones in the Garden: Stone-Carving Workshop @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 15 @ 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

[PLEASE NOTE: THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED]

Untitled-5Students will learn the ancient art of hand-carving symbols and words into stone. This all-day workshop will provide hands-on experience in the fine craft of stone carving with an emphasis on creating a decorative surface. Watch a stone-carving demonstration, discuss various tools and stone surfaces and then work on a small carving project. Bring a simple decorative element then carve it into slate using a mallet and chisel to create a lasting and permanent work for your garden. This project can be completed during a single session although you may wish to purchase the carving tools for working on a more complex project to finish at home.

Karin Sprague is a stone carver specializing in hand-carved letters and symbols in slate. She and her small team of artists create testaments of life’s fleeting nature with stone. In business for over a decade, Sprague uses mallet, chisel and slate to artfully carve one-of-a-kind gravestones, memorials, sculptures and standing stones. One of the few hand-lettering carvers in the world, Sprague actively mentors apprentices and teaches slate-lettering carving classes. www.karinsprague.com

Tools and materials included.  Bring a bagged lunch, safety goggles and dress for working in the open air.

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