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!

Seed-A-Thon @ Berkshire Botanical Garden - Center House
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Please RSVP to this event by calling 413.298.3926.  There is no charge, we just want an idea of who’s coming!  This event will be held in the Center House on the grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden.  Bring your seed catalogs and any seeds you might have to swap.  Refreshments will be served!


Bark and Buds: Winter Identification of Trees and Shrubs @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Feb 15 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Bring bagged lunch. Dress for limited outdoor fieldwork. 

December 12 Bark and BudsDiscover the many plants that lend bark, buds, fruit and structural interest to the garden in fall and winter. Develop or enhance your ability to identify winter trees by twig and bud anatomy, bark features and plant architecture. Students will practice their skills with winter tree dichotomous keys. Participants should have The Illustrated Book of Trees by William Carey Grimm ISBN 0-8117-2220-1. Must be 1983 edition. Three copies will be available to share. Class enrollment is limited.  

Brad Roeller is a private landscape garden supervisor for Altamont Estate in New York.  He is the former Garden Manager for the New York Botanical Garden and has spent his entire career in horticulture with a focus in sustainable gardening. He lectures extensively and instructs at the New York Botanical Garden, Berkshire Botanical Garden and New England Grows.

Transplanting Shrubs and Planting Small Ornamental Trees @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Bring work gloves and dress for the weather.

14.4.26 Planting and Transplanting Shrubs and TreesLearn by doing in this hands-on shrub and tree planting/transplanting workshop. All aspects of successful planting will be demonstrated, and participants will assist in transplanting a multi-stem shrub and planting a small tree. Learn how to successfully transplant shrubs by correct timing and placement and techniques designed to create minimal disturbance and ensure smooth transition to a new site. Consider the differences between bare-root, container-grown or balled-and-burlapped trees and understand the importance of siting.

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.

Stars of the Garden: Small Flowering Trees
May 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

14.5.1 Stars if the GardenConsider the showgirls of the garden, the small flowering trees. At a perfect time for planting, join Elisabeth Cary for a comprehensive tour of hardy trees under 30 feet tall. 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 or woodland setting, or to use as a focal point, will be covered. Following the talk, tour the Berkshire Botanical Gardens to view what’s in bloom and discuss the merits of each tree.

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.

World of Peonies @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

14.5.3 World of PeoniesSelect peonies will be available for sale.

Gardeners have always loved peonies but recently have refocused their interest on the genus Paeonia. With new availability of woodland peonies, tree (suffruticosa) peonies and the explosion of intersectional crosses, gardeners are taking a closer look at this much loved genus. Join Dan Furman from Cricket Hill Garden for a lecture that covers basic botany, wild species descriptions and cultivation history in China, Japan and the US. The program will also cover practical aspects for creating a successful peony garden, including growing requirements for New England and discussion of select cultivars for the peony lover.

Dan Furman is a second-generation peony grower at Cricket Hill Garden in Thomaston, CT. Since joining the business in 2010, he has worked to expand the peony hybridization and production programs at the nursery. In addition to peonies, he is interested in growing pawpaws, persimmons, Asian pears and other unusual fruits in northwestern Connecticut.

Pine Hollow Arboretum Study Tour @ Pine Hollow Arboretum
May 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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 am departure. Carpool will return at approximately 1 pm.

14.5.8 PineHollow Arboretum Study TourFor woody plant and tree lovers, join staff from the BBG for an exploration of a lesser known horticultural gem, Pine Hollow Arboretum, located in Slingerlands, NY. In 1966, founder John W. Abbuhl, M.D., started planting trees around his home to create an attractive setting. His affinity with the land, his interest in horticulture and his love of trees combined to inspire the creation of an arboretum. The arboretum’s cataloged collection consists of over 3,300 unique trees, shrubs and other woody plants from around the world. This living collection is aesthetically arranged in a natural setting that includes 12 ponds and a succession forest, all easily accessible by a network of walking trails and bridges. Tour the grounds with the founder, Dr. Abbuhl, and learn about the small, flowering tree collections, including magnolias, dogwoods, crabapples and more. View cultivars of unusual genera, too, such as styrax, stewartia and heptacodium. A great way to view specimen plants in a naturalistic setting, just an hour’s drive away.

37th Annual Plant Sale 2014 @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
May 9 @ 12:00 pm – May 10 @ 9:00 pm


What better way to start the season than with our 37th 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 Cynthia Grippaldi at  For a complete list of volunteer positions, click HERE.

Plantsale2Friday, May 9
8 -11 am: Members-only early buying privileges
11 am -5 pm: Open to the General Public

Saturday, May 10
9 am -5 pm: Open to the General Public

On the grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden
At the junction of Routes 183 and 102 in Stockbridge, MA
Admission and parking is free

PLANT SALE: Fabulous Plants Galore by Habitat

For a complete list of plants, click here:  Plant Sale List 2014

Gardeners get a jump-start on the season with this annual plant sale, which has become an iconic harbinger of spring in the Berkshires. This year’s theme,Get Your Hands in the Dirt, features thousands of plants to choose from, appropriate to northeastern gardens, organized into the habitats in which they thrive. A complete listing of plants in attached document (upper right).

Plant Sale1NEW this year: Living fern and succulent wreaths and miniature wall gardens designed by Head Gardener, Christine Caccamo.

Last year’s popular Container Design Station will be back again: Let us help you design your own unique container to take home.

Silent Auction: Bid on specialty plants, wall gardens, as well as green services.



Stop by and visit the following vendors who will be joining us for this year’s Plant Sale:

Cricket Creek Farm

David Burdick

Ed Herrington, Inc.

J.L. Enterprises

JK Custom Furniture

Pope’s Pots

Rustic Woodcraft

The Farmstead

Travis Rustic

Blueberry Hill Market

Peter Thorne



Not Your Mother’s Tag Sale
A garden-themed tag sale. An opportunity for some great garden finds!

WE NEED DONATIONS! 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.


Garden Shop
Don’t forget to stop by the Garden Shop in the Visitor Center!


Saying It with Flowers @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
May 15 @ 10:00 pm

Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 413-298-3926.

14.5.15 Saying it with FlowersFrom the symbolic flower in Piero della Francesca’s Virgin and Child Enthroned with Four Angels to Moss Roses in a Vase by Édouard Manet and Peonies by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, flowers appear in a remarkable variety of works in the Clark’s collection. Join us at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA, where Michael Cassin, director of the Clark’s Center for Education in the Visual Arts, takes a look at some of the splendid examples of flower paintings that will be on view when the Clark reopens this summer.

Annual Spring Trip: Down and Dirty in Rhode Island @ offsite
May 22 @ 11:30 am – 10:30 pm

This trip has neared capacity.  To reserve your space call the Garden at 413.298.3926.

Dress for the weather, bring a bag lunch and wear comfortable, sturdy footwear. Those wishing to order the take-out meal of fish ‘n’ chips will be charged an additional $20. Coach bus leaves Berkshire Botanical Garden promptly.

14.5.22 Down and Dirty in Rhode Island

Join the Berkshire Botanical Garden staff for a day-long adventure to the southeast coast of Rhode Island to explore an extraordinary garden, nurseries and more. Sakonnet Garden, in Little Compton, RI, will be the featured visit of the day. This “exceptional American garden” (as quoted by Marco Polo Stufano, former Director of Wave Hill, and John Trexler, former Director of Tower Hill Botanic Garden) is a garden full of inspiration. Sakonnet is a secret garden embedded within a native coastal fields landscape. At the diminutive scale of a cottage garden, it is conceived of as an intimate place to explore, with multiple paths leading one onward to unexpected experiences.

Owners John Gywnne and Mikal Folcarelli will lead a tour of their property. First, consider a restored meadow managed for endangered bobolinks. Learn about the ecological theory behind the meadow’s management and hopefully spot one of these wonderful upland meadow birds. Then, explore the small walled garden, designed as a series of small garden rooms. Following the tour, Ed Bowen from Opus Nursery of Little Compton, RI, will be on hand to sell some of his great Zone 5 plants.

Enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn—or wait—for the next stop! As we leave the coast, we will stop at the head of the Sakonnet River for a take-out order of fish ‘n’ chips (optional, of course). Enjoy this Rhode Island tradition at well known Evelyn’s Clam Shack (as seen on the Food Channel: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, hosted by Guy Fieri). The coastal scenery, including boats in the harbor, will be a special treat for us upland creatures. On the return trip we will detour into western Connecticut for a tour of the fabled greenhouses of Logee’s. In business since 1892, this series of five connected greenhouses holds an extensive collection of tropical, semi-tropical and tender perennial plants, as well as orchids, begonias, scented geraniums, citrus and so much more. The staff of Logee’s will give an introduction to the group, and participants can roam the greenhouses and purchase special plants to take home. Enjoy the hosting skills of the BBG staff, including a mid-morning snack and afternoon wine and cheese.

Cocktails in Great Gardens – The home of Jean and Georgeanne Rousseau
May 30 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

This event has filled. Please call 413.298.3926 or email to join the waitlist.

photo(6)We start our Cocktails in Great Gardens season off with a bang at the home of Jean and Georgeanne Rousseau.

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.

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