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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
3
Sat
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.

May
8
Thu
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.

May
15
Thu
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.

May
22
Thu
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.

Jun
3
Tue
Yoga in the Garden
Jun 3 @ 9:15 pm – 10:15 pm
Yoga ITG
Free for Garden Members, $10 for Nonmembers
Bring your Yoga mats, water, a towel and be ready to clear you mind at our new Yoga in the Garden series starting this Tuesday. This is a gentle, weekly yoga class for all skill levels and FREE to garden members, ($10  for nonmembers.) The class will be held rain or shine.

If the weather is favorable, we will hold class outdoors on the grounds of the Garden.  If there is rain, we will have class indoors. Please park at the Visitor Center Meet and walk across the street to meet at the Center House.
 Kathi Cafiero – is a Kripalu certified Yoga instructor who has been teaching the physical and mental benefits of yoga for over 22 years.  She is devoted to treating others with love; building character; and embracing the deivne and oneness of the universe.  We are so lucky to have her teaching this great new class for us!
Jun
4
Wed
The Especially Fragrant Garden of Page Dickey: Shrub Roses and More… @ North Salem, NY
Jun 4 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire Botanical Garden for an 8:30 am departure. Carpool will return at approximately 3:30 pm.

14.6.4 The Fragrant Garden of Page DickeyJoin well known gardener and author Page Dickey for a private study tour of her garden at the height of the shrub rose bloom. Page will share her insights into gardening and will discuss the use of fragrant shrubs, with a focus on her favorite shrub roses. Learn about how she selects, designs and cultivates these fragrant beauties. This tour will inspire even the most casual gardeners to get down on their knees and plant shrubs. Following the tour, Page invites participants to picnic on the lawn. On the return trip we will stop at one of Page’s favorite local nurseries, Claire’s Garden Center, in Patterson, NY.

Page Dickey is a gardener and garden writer living and gardening at Duck Hill in North Salem, NY. Her books include Embroidered Ground, Gardens in the Spirit of Place, the award-winning Breaking Ground: Portraits of Ten Garden Designers, Duck Hill Journal: A Year in a Country Garden, Dogs in Their Gardens and Cats in Their Gardens. A contributor to numerous magazines over the years, she lectures across the country and is one of the founders of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program. She lives and gardens with her husband in the company of assorted dogs, cats, and chickens.

Jun
5
Thu
Amazing Trees @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Jun 5 @ 2:00 pm

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

treeTour the grounds of Berkshire Botanical Garden, view the exceptional tree collection and learn about these gentle giants and the importance of shade trees in the landscape. Consider the many varieties of shade trees, observe mature specimens and assess the 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 situation 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.

Participants will meet at Berkshire Botanical Garden in the main parking lot.

Jun
10
Tue
Yoga in the Garden
Jun 10 @ 9:15 pm – 10:15 pm
Yoga ITG
Free for Garden Members, $10 for Nonmembers
Bring your Yoga mats, water, a towel and be ready to clear you mind at our new Yoga in the Garden series starting this Tuesday. This is a gentle, weekly yoga class for all skill levels and FREE to garden members, ($10  for nonmembers.) The class will be held rain or shine.

If the weather is favorable, we will hold class outdoors on the grounds of the Garden.  If there is rain, we will have class indoors. Please park at the Visitor Center Meet and walk across the street to meet at the Center House.
 Kathi Cafiero – is a Kripalu certified Yoga instructor who has been teaching the physical and mental benefits of yoga for over 22 years.  She is devoted to treating others with love; building character; and embracing the deivne and oneness of the universe.  We are so lucky to have her teaching this great new class for us!
Jun
17
Tue
Yoga in the Garden
Jun 17 @ 9:15 pm – 10:15 pm
Yoga ITG
Free for Garden Members, $10 for Nonmembers
Bring your Yoga mats, water, a towel and be ready to clear you mind at our new Yoga in the Garden series starting this Tuesday. This is a gentle, weekly yoga class for all skill levels and FREE to garden members, ($10  for nonmembers.) The class will be held rain or shine.

If the weather is favorable, we will hold class outdoors on the grounds of the Garden.  If there is rain, we will have class indoors. Please park at the Visitor Center Meet and walk across the street to meet at the Center House.
 Kathi Cafiero – is a Kripalu certified Yoga instructor who has been teaching the physical and mental benefits of yoga for over 22 years.  She is devoted to treating others with love; building character; and embracing the deivne and oneness of the universe.  We are so lucky to have her teaching this great new class for us!
Jun
18
Wed
Seeing Flowers @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Jun 18 @ 8:00 pm

14.6.18 Seeing FlowersWe’ve all seen red roses, blue irises and yellow daffodils. But when we really look closely at a flower, whole new worlds of beauty and intricacy emerge. Join author Teri Dunn Chace for this illustrated talk based on her recent book, Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers. Chace’s lyrical and illuminating essays complement the extraordinarily detailed floral images by photographer Robert Llewellyn. Chace will offer insights on each flower by exploring distinguishing characteristics and share fascinating tidbits, tales and lore as we view images revealing amazing details of stamens and pistils, shadings on a petal or the secret recesses of nectar tubes.

Teri Dunn Chace is a writer and editor with more than 30 titles in publication, including How to Eradicate Invasive Plants and The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers. She’s also written and edited extensively for Horticulture, North American Gardener, Backyard Living and Birds & Blooms.

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