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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!

Aug
19
Mon
The Garden in Watercolors Session II: En Plein Air Watercolor Painting in the Summer Garden @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 19 @ 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
22
Thu
Botanical Painting With Watercolor – Master Class with Carol Woodin – August 22nd and 23rd @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 22 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm



Painting1Gain confidence and comfort in this class devoted to techniques of botanical painting in watercolor. Using anemones as subjects, students will learn to capture the vitality and drama of these flowers. After creating a base watercolor layer for guidance, artists will add a series of dry-brush layers, gradually increasing color intensity and form. Through demonstration and individualized attention, the instructor will guide students through mixing believable greens and maintaining color clarity.By the end of the class, each student will have a painting either finished or nearly so. Click here for Materials List.

Carol Woodin has been painting botanicals in watercolor for over 20 years. Her focus is orchids, rare plants and heirlooms. Her work is included in collections around the world, including those of the Smithsonian Institution, Shirley Sherwood Collection and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK. Director of Exhibitions for the American Society of Botanical Artists, she has organized exhibitions of botanical art throughout the US.

This is a two-day course.

Seed-Saving In Your New England Garden @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 22 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

This event is Free to garden members and free with garden admission.

Seeds1Join expert seed saver Randel Agrella from Baker Creek Seeds and New England’s premier heirloom seed company, Comstock Ferre Seed Company for a talk and walk at Berkshire Botanical Garden with emphasis on saving seed for future gardens. This program will focus on correct planting, harvesting, extracting, and storing of seeds. Although the instructor will focus on heirloom fruits and vegetables, many of the techniques covered are applicable for ornamental heirloom flowers as well. Participants will take away the knowledge to save heirloom seeds as well as favorite seeds of the staff at the botanical garden.

Randel Agrella is general manger of Comstock-Ferre in Wethersfield, CT and manager of rare seed grow-outs for Baker Creek Seeds in Mansfield, Missouri. He has been a heirloom grower and seed saver since 1982 and has written articles for Heirloom Gardener magazine, Natural Awakenings of SW Virginia, and Small Farm Today magazine. He runs his own website business Abundant Acres, www.abundantacres.net , which sells tomato, eggplant, pepper and herb plants throughout most of the US.

Aug
23
Fri
Family Fridays – Snakes and Frogs @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 23 @ 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.

Snakes and Frogs

Tom Tyning, Reptile Expert

This program, designed for families, is an introduction to local amphibians and reptiles, animals that are both fascinating and elusive. More than 30 different frogs, salamanders, turtles and snakes inhabit Berkshire County, and we know little, if anything, about many of them. Professor Tom Tyning will encourage families to get to know these animals, from tadpoles and turtles to salamanders and snakes. A small collection of local live animals, including snakes, will be available for close examination.

Tom Tyning is Professor of Environmental Science at Berkshire Community College. He specializes in reptiles and amphibians in his research and actively researches local rattlesnake populations.

Aug
26
Mon
The Garden in Watercolors Session II: En Plein Air Watercolor Painting in the Summer Garden @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 26 @ 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.

 

Sep
11
Wed
Passion for Plants—Study Group @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 11 @ 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 to the staff. Look first at the late summer/early fall perennials that go the distance in the autumn garden. The following week will investigate the important role that grasses play in the garden. The final class will focus on woody plants that brighten the late summer garden with beautiful fall foliage. The classes meet on three consecutive Wednesdays, September 11, 18 and 25. Classes can be attended as a series or individually.

September 11 Passion for Plants mjinor Bulbs (1)Minor Bulbs for Spring Beauty– September 11
Longing for a crocus lawn or a field of spring beauties?  Learn about the versatile group of minor bulbs.  This group of subtle beauties adds a sequence of bloom from earliest spring right through into early summer. This program covers varieties, cultural requirements, sourcing and tips on how to design with bulbs. This is a survey class and will include the instructor’s favorites in addition to a well rounded selection of the best of the bunch.

 

September 18 Passion for Plants GrassesGrasses in the Garden – September 18
The stature, movement and rustling of grasses make these tough plants unique in the perennial border. Join Elisabeth Cary and discover reasons for using grasses and how to place and select the right plant for any garden. Explore the beautiful grasses—some known and others relatively unknown—for every habitat from a dry sunny location to wet shady spots. This program is designed for gardeners new to grasses.

 

Passion for Plants September 25 WoodiesWoody Plants of Merit with Great Fall Foliage – September 25
Consider shrubs and small trees that add structure, color and texture to the fall gardening season. Elisabeth Cary will take students on a comprehensive tour of woodies worth their weight in gold for their fabulous fall colors. 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, woodland setting and as a focal point will be covered.

 

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.

 

Sep
14
Sat
Invasive Plant Control for Homeowners @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Invasive plants are becoming an increasing threat to the environment as bittersweet, garlic mustard and multiflora rose sweep rampant throughout the landscape. This discussion centers on what homeowners can do to eliminate or control the spread of these pest plants. Learn how to identify them, their natural history and the mechanical, chemical and biological control techniques currently available. Participate in a candid discussion of herbicide use.

Jack Sprano is a Master Gardener and long-time garden enthusiast. He has cleared a six-acre property full of invasive plants and has developed multiple strategies for controlling them. He is currently a board member of the Berkshire Botanical Garden.

September 14 Invasive plant Cotrol for Homeowners

 

Stalking Wild Mushrooms in the Berkshires @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Dress for outdoors; participants will carpool to a short walk.

September 14 Mushrooms in the Berkshires

Learn all about fungi with a focus on those commonly called mushrooms. This enormous and diverse group of plants is found in the wild during the fall months. The most common poisonous and edible mushrooms will be illustrated and described. A variety of fungi will be on display, supplemented with slides of other commonly found mushrooms. Participants will explore a nearby woodland and hunt for mushrooms. This class is not sufficient for learning how to identify wild edible mushrooms.

John Wheeler is current president of the Berkshire Mycological Society. He has taught mycology at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and has been an avid mycologist for over 20 years.

Sep
18
Wed
Passion for Plants—Study Group (Grasses) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 18 @ 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 to the staff. Look first at the late summer/early fall perennials that go the distance in the autumn garden. The following week will investigate the important role that grasses play in the garden. The final class will focus on woody plants that brighten the late summer garden with beautiful fall foliage. The classes meet on three consecutive Wednesdays, September 11, 18 and 25. Classes can be attended as a series or individually. See September 11 listing for description of whole series.

September 18 Passion for Plants GrassesGrasses in the Garden – September 18
The stature, movement and rustling of grasses make these tough plants unique in the perennial border. Join Elisabeth Cary and discover reasons for using grasses and how to place and select the right plant for any garden. Explore the beautiful grasses—some known and others relatively unknown—for every habitat from a dry sunny location to wet shady spots. This program is designed for gardeners new to grasses.

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.

Sep
19
Thu
The High Line and Battery Park City @ Field trip - Bus will depart from Berkshire Botanical Garden promptly at 7:30
Sep 19 @ 11:30 am – 10:30 pm


This event is almost full.  To make a reservation, please call the Garden at 413.298.3926.
Join the staff of the Berkshire Botanical Garden for a late summer visit to Battery Park City, located at the tip of Manhattan. We will tour this extensive landscape—perhaps one of the most concentrated parklands in America—with the colorful David Dew Bruner, who will focus on design. We will visit areas of the park including Michael Van Valkenberg’s Teardrop Park, Oehme van Sweden’s Rockefeller Park, two gardens designed by Lynden Miller and landscapes by Olin Partnership and other exceptional designers. In addition to these amazing gardens, there is abundant public art to view, including the Irish Hunger Memorial designed by Brian Tolle, the magnificent “Ice Wall” by Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercii and sculptures by Jim Dine, Louise Bougeois and many more.Highline

From Battery City Park we will travel north to the cutting-edge gardens of the High Line, New York City’s newest park, built on an elevated 1930s freight rail structure on Manhattan’s West Side. Tour the newly completed section of the High Line with native-plant specialist Drew Monthie and learn about the imaginative plant combinations of this naturalistic planting. These extensive gardens echo the wild, self-seeded landscape that grew up on the structure after the trains stopped running.

Enjoy a stimulating day in the city with some gardening friends. A morning snack and late-afternoon refreshments will be provided, compliments of the staff of Berkshire Botanical Garden.

 

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