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!
Please call 413.298.3926 to register.
A list of suggested safety equipment is listed below although these items are not mandatory. Join beekeeper Jan Johnson for step-by-step instruction and demonstration on setting up a beehive, beginning indoors with a close-up look at how bees arrive for installation. Safety equipment, how to stay protected, structural components, assembly and siting of the hive will be discussed. Jan will then demonstrate how to introduce bees into a new hive. Participants will be able to observe from a safe distance. Protective gear should include a hat and face veil, long-sleeved shirt and pants (or bee suit) and protective boots. Gloves are helpful. Following the demonstration, Jan will be on hand to answer questions. Jan Johnson is a beekeeper and owner of Berkshire Wildflower Honey, an apiary located in Great Barrington, MA. She practices natural beekeeping and produces and sells raw honey, beeswax skin-care products and beeswax candles. She is certified through Cornell’s Master Beekeeping Program and studied with Nick Calderone, professor of entomology and head of Cornell’s Dyce Laboratory for Honeybee Studies.
This class is near capacity. Please call the garden at 413.298.3926 to register.
Participants should bring hand pruners and work gloves and dress for the weather.
Is that old lilac refusing to flower? Spring is a great time to assess your woody shrubs for shape and structure. This hands-on workshop will focus on when, why and how to renovate or rejuvenate your woody plants. Learn about tools, timing and specific techniques available to the home gardener. Following a lecture and several pruning demonstrations, participants will learn by doing.
Ron Yaple, A.A.S. Forestry, MCA/CLA, owner of Race Mountain Tree Services, has developed a regional reputation as one of the premier arborists. His company serves the tri-state region and is a full-service company. He is a dedicated and knowledgeable teacher of arboriculture.
Bring work gloves and dress for the weather.
Learn 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.
This class is nearing capacity. Please call 413.298.3926 for availability.
Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire Botanical Garden for a 9:45 am departure. Carpool will return at approximately 1:30 pm.
Join well known gardener Jeffrey Steele for an in-depth program on naturalizing daffodils at visits to two private gardens. Each garden demonstrates extensive plantings using contrasting methods for naturalizing daffodils. Timed for the height of the bloom, this program will cover the planning, varietal selection, planting and cultivation to enable participants to successfully create daffodil meadows or woodlands. A short history of daffodils will be included in the program.
Jeffrey A. Steele is owner of Ashley Falls Nursery, a landscape and garden design and consultation firm with a special interest in historic gardens. He was previously with the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Wilcox Park (a Victorian strolling park restoration in Rhode Island) and was a past director of BBG. The daffodil is his favorite flower, and he has been building a collection for the last 15 years.
Consider 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.
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.
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.
For 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For a complete list of volunteer positions, click HERE.
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).
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.
REGIONAL ARTISAN VENDORS
Stop by and visit the following vendors who will be joining us for this year’s Plant Sale:
Blueberry Hill Market
UNDER THE TENT
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.
Don’t forget to stop by the Garden Shop in the Visitor Center!
Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 413-298-3926.
From 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.
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.
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.