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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
9
Thu
Hosta, Japanese Maples and Dwarf Conifers: Collectors’ Plants for the Garden Obsessed @ Offsite in Granby, CT
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

15.7.09 Hosta, Japanese MAples, Dwarf Conifer

Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately. Click here for directions Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire Botanical Garden for an 8:30 am departure. Time onsite in Granby, CT, is 10 am – 1:30 pm.

Join plantsman extraordinaire John O’Brien for a walking tour of his fabulous specialty nursery, O’Brien Nurserymen, located in Granby, CT. View this exceptional collection of rare and beautifully grown specimens with a focus on dwarf conifers, Japanese maples and hundreds of hostas and other rare woodland perennials. There will be plenty to see in this meticulously maintained small-batch nursery, and John will devote the tour to teaching us the virtues of the many fabulous selec- tions cultivated on his property. Following the tour there will be time to purchase plants. Then the group will head over to nearby Lost Acres Orchard. Lunch is available for purchase and includes a nice selection of homemade sandwiches and salads. Relax on the porch of the wonderful barn or wander through the orchard, sit in the shade and enjoy a wonderfully prepared lunch.

John O’Brien is owner of O’Brien Nurserymen, LLC, which has grown into New England’s premier hosta nursery. The extensive display gardens feature over 1,600 hosta varieties, as well as other shady characters, including asarums, pulmonarias, epimediums and arisaemas. The gardens also include a wide variety of unusual dwarf conifers and over 100 varieties of Japanese maples.

Jul
23
Thu
The Clark: Landscape and Sustainability – 10am session @ Offsite at The Clark, Williamstown, MA
Jul 23 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Clark Art Institute, Visitor Center

The morning program is fully enrolled.  Please sign up for the afternoon session.  

Join Matthew Noyes, horticulturist and grounds manager at The Clark for an exploration of the new museum campus and sustain- ability efforts. This walking tour is an overview of the campus with a focus on the rain gardens, the pump room and green roofs. Other topics will include native plants and land-use practices. Following the tour, participants can enjoy a visit to The Clark museum for a 50% discounted ticket price.

Matthew Noyes is responsible for the management of the 140-acre Clark campus including trails, woodlands, meadows, and gardens. He has worked closely with the landscape architecture firm Reed Hildebrand to realize the campus improvements and sustainability efforts in the reimagined Clark campus. Noyes, a Williamstown native, has a B.A. in history from Nichols College and an A.A.S. in Horticulture Technology from Forsyth Technical Community College. Before arriving at The Clark he served as the director of horticulture at Old Salem Museums and Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC, overseeing 80 acres of heirloom plants and trees.

The Clark: Landscape and Sustainability – 2pm session @ Offsite at The Clark, Williamstown, MA
Jul 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Clark Art Institute, Visitor Center

The afternoon session of this field trip starts at 2 pm. The program is free to members of BBG (registration required). Limited enrollment. The Clark will offer a 50% discount on their admission price on this day for BBG members attending the program. Meet in the entry to the new wing of The Clark Museum.

Join Matthew Noyes, horticulturist and grounds manager at The Clark for an exploration of the new museum campus and sustain- ability efforts. This walking tour is an overview of the campus with a focus on the rain gardens, the pump room and green roofs. Other topics will include native plants and land-use practices. Following the tour, participants can enjoy a visit to The Clark museum for a 50% discounted ticket price.

Matthew Noyes is responsible for the management of the 140-acre Clark campus including trails, woodlands, meadows, and gardens. He has worked closely with the landscape architecture firm Reed Hildebrand to realize the campus improvements and sustainability efforts in the reimagined Clark campus. Noyes, a Williamstown native, has a B.A. in history from Nichols College and an A.A.S. in Horticulture Technology from Forsyth Technical Community College. Before arriving at The Clark he served as the director of horticulture at Old Salem Museums and Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC, overseeing 80 acres of heirloom plants and trees.

Jul
29
Wed
Quaker Hill Native Plant Garden Study Tour: Native Plant Communities & Waterworks @ Offsite in Pawling, NY
Jul 29 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Time onsite in Pawling, NY:  9:30 am – 1 pm

Bring a bag lunch and dress for the weather. Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately (directions at www.berkshirebotanical.org). Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire Botanical Garden for an 8 am departure. Carpool will return at approximately 2:30 pm.

Quaker Hill Native Plant Garden sits on a scenic 250-acre ridge in Dutchess County, NY. In addition to offering its own beautiful, natural areas and panoramic views of the Harlem Valley, this ridge provides an ideal backbone for a unique garden that showcases some of the more distinct Appalachian and Eastern native plant communities. The garden seamlessly incorporates the existing landscape in many areas, but the majority of it, from the rock work and ground forms to the water features, is constructed to create the backdrop for the various habitats. These habitats create a foundation that supports an abundance of wildlife that enriches the garden experience. In July, many of the meadows are in full bloom and are quite divergent in nature. From a southern calcareous meadow to the bright, showy coneflower meadow, this time of year guarantees lots of blooms and butterflies. The tour of the garden will take approximately three hours, and participants will travel by van throughout the 250 acres. Staff gardeners will lead the tour and share their intimate knowledge of this extraordinary landscape on a fantastic scale. Following the tour, participants can picnic at the nursery on the grounds of the garden. This field study is for BBG members only and is designed for both home and professional gardeners.

15.7.29 Quaker Hill Native Plant Garden

Aug
6
Thu
Restoring the Natural Landscape: A Case-Study Approach @ Offsite in Spencertown, NY
Aug 6 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Time onsite in Spencertown, NY: 9 am – 2 pm

Directions will be provided upon registration. Refreshments provided onsite.

Join a landowner, landscape designer and gardener for an in-depth look at a property in Spencertown, NY, whose gardens, restored woodlands, short grass meadow, waterfall and riparian zones form a seamless tapestry of diverse native plant and wildlife communities. Learn how to implement restoration techniques into your own land- scape to encourage birds and pollinators to flourish while lowering maintenance, irrigation and fertilizer inputs. The guided walking tour will focus on learning practical strategies for developing a diverse and beautiful home landscape with an informative look at the property’s different eco-zones. Take part in a hands-on native-plug and bare-root planting demonstration using key ecologically important plants that you can bring home. The workshop will take an in-depth look at implementing partnerships with nature and design to enhance domestic landscapes, as well as understanding, managing and diversifying different ecological areas in the landscape.

Linda B. Horn has been practicing landscape restoration for 25 years both in the midwest on tall grass prairies and in her Spencertown, NY, woodlands and short-grass meadow landscapes. Accompanying Linda will be Barbara Hughey, who has 40 years of experience as a land stewardship consultant, native plant landscape designer and project manager with help from garden designer Heather Grimes, who has worked closely with Linda on designing and restoring her NY landscape.

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Aug
7
Fri
Birds of Prey @ Berkshire Botanical Garden Education Center
Aug 7 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi for his ever-popular presentation on birds of prey. This program is designed for all ages. Tom will share the natural history of these magnificent birds, demonstrate some of their unique behaviors and 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.

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Aug
14
Fri
Creatures of the Rainforest: Rick Roth – The Creature Teachers @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

This program is designed for all ages and highlights some of the creatures large and small that inhabit the tropical rain forest. Get to know some of the mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles and learn about their natural history. Rick Roth will encourage families to learn about these amazing creatures and how they adapt to living in a rain forest. The talk will include a variety of live specimens including an ivory billed aracari, a scarlet macaw, a kinkajou, red eye tree frogs, boa constrictors, green iguanas, collared peccary, coatimundi to name a few.

Rick Roth, a conservationist and teacher, runs The Creature Teachers, a family-owned environmental and animal education company. His goal is to educate the public about the wonders and diversity of the animals that share our planet.

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Aug
21
Fri
The Fabulous Snakes of Berkshire County: Professor Tom Tyning, Reptile Expert @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

This program is designed for all ages and highlights some of the least known and most fascinating animals of our backyard. The illustrated talk will include methods of identifying snakes, a bit about their biology, interesting tidbits about their behaviors and the methods that snakes use to protect themselves and reproduce. Professor Tom Tyning will encourage families to get to know these shy and retiring animals. A live snake or two will be on hand to greet visitors.

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.

14.8.21The wonderful of Snakes

Sep
24
Thu
An Insider’s Walk Through Olana: Foreground, Middleground and the Viewshed @ Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

10 am- 12:30 pm is the time onsite at Olana.

Bring a bag lunch and dress for weather. Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot of Berkshire Botanical Garden for an 9 am departure. Carpool will return at approximately 2 pm.

Join Olana’s Landscape Curator for a guided tour along Olana’s carriage roads, followed by a tour of Olana’s main house and current exhibition,RiverCrossings. Olana’s250-acrenaturalisticlandscape was fully designed by the famed artist Frederic Church around its 360-degree views. The 1-hour landscape tour will explore the history of Olana from the 19th century to the present day, including efforts to restore Olana’s historic landscape and protect its spectacular viewshed. This program will blend horticulture, landscape design, art and history together for an spectular autumn day at one of the Hudson Valley’s most beautiful sites. Following the program enjoy a picnic on the grounds of Olana.

Mark Prezorski is the Landscape Curator for The Olana Partnership. He advocates for and assists with the restoration and interpretation of Olana’s artist-designed landscape and its integral viewshed. Mark works cooperatively at Olana State Historic Site with New York State Parks, preservation organizations and landscape professionals on landscape planning and restoration projects, exhibitions, viewshed protection efforts and interpretative programs such as Olana’s award-winning “Framing the Viewshed” series. Mark was recently named one of the “Top 100 Creatives” by ORIGIN Magazine.

15.09.24 Insiders View of Olana

Oct
2
Fri
Whole Landscape Design @ Offsite in Pawling, NY
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

This field study is co-enrolled with Horticulture Certificate Program.  10am – 1pm is the time onsite in Pawling, NY.
Bring a bag lunch and dress for weather. Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot of Berkshire Botanical Garden for an 8 am departure. Carpool will return at approximately 3 pm.

Join head gardener Robin Zitter for an exploration of garden design through the lens of ecology, history and culture in the private garden of The Battery Conservancy founder Warrie Price. Robin will walk us through this extraordinary garden, located in Pawling, NY, and will encourage observation and understanding of the ecological, historical and cultural aspects of this landscape. Through site analysis, with an understanding of client needs and goals, participants will explore how a dynamic, coherent landscape is developed. The evolving design is guided by native plant communities as well as plants with historical context. Working with the natural processes, learn how the owner (Warrie Price) and gardener (Robin Zitter) strive for the gentle blendings of the built and natural environments. Observe how they celebrate the land by connecting the various wetland, woodland and meadow environments to create a functional and aesthetic whole, drawing people into and through the landscape with ease and surprise. The site is an old farmstead that represents a land stewardship collaboration of the owners, horticulturist and crew for almost 30 years.

Instructor Robin Zitter worked for a family nursery and landscape gardener before graduating from the NY Botanical Garden School of Horticulture in 1981. Robin estate-gardened for 20 years with her inspirational mentor, Henrietta Lockwood, a great plantswoman who lived and loved the land with intention and grace. Robin worked rehabilitating the historic Bellamy Ferriday Garden, where she was horticulturist for 12 years. She continues with several private landscapes where she enjoys long, deep relationships with the people and the land.

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