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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!

Sep
19
Sat
Horticultural Techniques Clinic: Perennial Bed Renovation (H,D) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This class meets on Saturdays, 9am – 4pm,September 19 and 26, 2015. Rain dates are September 20 and 27.

Learn horticultural techniques essential for the professional gardener. This tw0-day, hands-on clinic will focus on professional renovation of established and old perennial beds, including how to read a planting plan. Techniques will include lifting and dividing perennials, “double-digging,” soil assessment, application of compost and needed amendments into the lower soil profile and replanting the perennials according to the planting plan. Students will learn how to assess the growing conditions of the bed and determine what amendments should be added to insure optimal plant performance. This course also serves as a foundation for establishing new perennial beds. Please come dressed for gardening. Tools and materials will be provided. (limited to 12 students)

10% discount for enrollment in 3 or more Fall Level III classes

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Oct
2
Fri
Whole Landscape Design (H,D,NP) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

This workshop meets on Friday, October 2, 2015. 10am – 1pm is the time onsite in Pawling, NY.

Join head gardener Robin Zitter for an exploration of garden design through the lens of ecology, history and culture. A private, extraordinary garden in her care, located in Pawling, NY, will be the site of this workshop. Robin will encourage observation and understanding of the ecological, historical and cultural aspects 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, we strive for the gentle blendings of the built and natural environments. We 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

10% discount for enrollment in 3 or more Fall Level III classes

Whole Landscape  Program with BBG

Oct
22
Thu
Designs on the Land: A Historical Perspective (H,D) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Gardnen
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Classes meet on Thursdays, 6-9 pm: October 22 – November 12, 2015.

This design course covers the history of landscape design from its earliest origins to modern times.  Explore the early gardens of Persian and Islamic traditions, classical gardens of Egypt, Greece, and Rome and then investigate Chinese and Japanese influences in garden design.  In the fourth week study gardens of Europe beginning with medieval Europe through Renaissance Italy and into English and French gardens of the 18th and 19th century. Continue with an overview of colonial gardens, the “New American Garden” and finish with an exploration of contemporary landscapes of the 20th century. Understand the important influences of these designs on the landscape of today. Design project required.

Instructor – Marie Stella, M.A. M.S.M. is a landscape designer, historian and lecturer.  Her design firm, Kirin Farm Enterprises, specializes in historical landscapes and initiatives to foster the preservation of the rural landscape.  She instructs for the New York Botanical Garden, Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Arnold Arboretum and Berkshire Botanical Garden.

Required text: New Wave GardenJan 26The Landscape of Man
Geoffrey and Susan Jellicoe
Thames and Hudson, Inc.  c.1995, reprinted 1998
ISBN 0-500-27819-9

Oct
29
Thu
The Arnold Arboretum’s Fall Fiery Display and a Special Tour of the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection (H,D,NP) @ offsite at Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Oct 29 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Bus will leave the BBG parking lot promptly at 8 am. Bring a bag lunch and dress for the weather.

Join staff from the BBG for  a day of tree talk at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum, a world-renowned research facility located in Boston, MA. This all-day field study will tour the amazing tree collection at the height of the fall foliage. Walk the grounds and learn about the various collections, including both native and non-native ornamental trees. View majestic specimens as well as rare and unusual ornamental specimens hardy to zone 5B. Staff from the Arnold will lead the tour, ending at the famous Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection. Among the oldest surviving bonsai in America, this collection is a beloved treasure of the Arnold Arboretum and Boston. Join bonsai caretaker Glenn Lord for a tour of this amazing collection and learn about how he cares for these priceless beauties. BBG staff will answer questions and share horticultural insights throughout the day, and there will be unstructured time for participants to visit areas of specific interest in the afternoon. As always, snacks and afternoon beverage will be provided.

Instructors – BBG Staff

10% discount for enrollment in 3 or more Fall Level III classes

15.10.29 Arnold Arboretum Tour

Apr
1
Fri
Home Orchard Basics with Orchardist Michael Phillips (H, D) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join orchard expert Michael Phillips from Lost Nation Orchard for a day-long workshop on how to grow fruit at home. Successfully growing fruit for your family becomes straightforward when you narrow the big picture down to getting the basics right. This course covers complementary sprays backed by biodiversity and soil health to set the stage for successfully growing tree fruit in the western Massachusetts/tri-state region. Harvesting sunlight through smart pruning is what renews fruit buds. Fungal disease becomes manageable with wise variety choices and enhanced soil biology. Even major insect challenges can be resolved safely when you perceive who, what and when. All sorts of fruits–from apples and pears to peaches and cherries and onward to berries–make for a diverse home orchard planting. Confidence to integrate tree fruits into your landscape begins with embracing biodiversity and knowing how to build system health. Both the morning and afternoon sessions are filled with practical information for growing tree fruits right!

INSTRUCTOR – MICHAEL PHILLIPS

10% discount for enrollment in 3 or more Spring Level III courses

15.3.13The Home Fruit Tree Orchard

Aug
12
Fri
Family Fridays: Birds of Prey with Tom Ricardi, Wildlife Rehabilitator @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

This program is free for members and children under 12; free with BBG admission for non-members.

Join wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi for his ever popular presentation on birds of prey. In this program designed for all ages, Tom will share the natural history of these magnificent raptors, 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.

Aug
13
Sat
2016 Grow Show @ The Garden
Aug 13 – Aug 14 all-day

46th Annual Grow Show

You grow it, we show it!  We welcome all age groups, experience levels and different kinds of plants at our blue ribbon event, The Grow Show.

For rules and regulations for submitting entries, click Grow Show Rules.

For an entry form for horticulture submissions, click here: Grow Show submission form.

Saturday and Sunday, August 13-14, 2016

At the Education Center at the Berkshire Botanical Garden

THE GROW SHOW 

The Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Grow Show will be held on August 13th and 14th, 2016. The show ties into this year’s exhibition at the Garden: Benched: Come Take A Seat in the Garden.  The flower arranging categories will focus on the idea of Sit A Spell, with each category being themed a relaxed, daydream-like state as its inspiration. These cues, taken from everything from sitting on a Chinese garden stool and rustic twig benches to a backyard bench and a view from the window into the wilds behind will serve as themes for the flower arranging categories. Submissions for an array of horticulture categories will be also be accepted for the show.

Sit a Spell

Division 1 – Design

(All pedestals and platforms will be painted with Benjamin Moore: “Stormy Grey” #547)

CLASS 1: MEDITATING ON A CHINESE STOOL

An elegant arrangement to highlight a Chinese Stool.

Style: Asian Manner: Floral design that has adapted traditional or modern Asian Design styling. Stools are 18” tall with a 12 round top. Stools will sit on a low square platform 24” x 24” x 10” tall. Design will be viewed from four sides.

Consultant: Gloria McMahon (413) 698-3210 – imdynaglo@msn.com

4 Entries

 

CLASS 2: PONDERING THE GARDEN

A Captivating Miniature Garden

Style: Vignette: A miniature outdoor living space containing furniture, accessories, and a floral design. To be displayed on a pedestal 18” x 18” x 45”tall. Miniature Garden must not exceed 12” x 12” square.Design will be viewed from above.

Consultant: Jeannene Booher (413) 269-6073 – jeannenebooher@gmail.com and Mary Copeland (413) 243-3202 – marycope96@aol.com

4 Entries

 

CLASS 3: (MEN’S CLASS) MUSING AT THE BACK DOOR

A handsome outdoor arrangement on a Garden Bench

Style: Open: Participants may use the style of their choice. Design will use branches and fresh flowers. Accessories are allowed. Benches measure 24” long x 12” deep x 18” tall. Design will be viewed from four sides. The benches were made by Peter Thorne, and will be available for sale.

Consultant: Kimberley Crocker (860) 738-1747 – crockerk@avonoldfarms.com

4 Entries

 

CLASS 4: SITTING PRETTY

Magnificent large monochromatic arrangement

Style: Free Form: A contemporary design style which is not limited by any specific style; that is allowed to be unconstrained and follows the elements and principles of design. Design must not exceed 15” from the center of the pedestal on any side. There is no limitation on height. The arrangement will be placed on a pedestal 24” x 24” x 10” tall. Design will be viewed from the front.

Consultant: Ingrid Taylor (413) 637-2986 – ingridtaylor01@gmail.com

4 Entries

 

CLASS 5: REPOSING IN THE ADIRONDACKS

A charming arrangement within a miniature bentwood bench that uses a mixture of natural dried and fresh materials.

Style: Mini-Traditional Mass Arrangement: An abundance of flowers with a range of forms and sizes that are arranged in a closed silhouette form that has few open void areas within the design and has more solids than voids. Design will be viewed from the front. The Bench (12” wide x 17” tall x 8” deep) will be placed on a tall pedestal backed by a trifold black screen measuring 18” wide x 18” tall x 9 “deep.

Consultant: Stephanie Bradford (413) 298-3586 – sbradford311@gmail.com

4 Entries

 

CLASS 6: DREAMING AT THE WINDOW

Vista: A framing arrangement built in front of, or around, a fixed frame using all natural and fresh materials to lead the eye to and enhance the Vista.

Design: Interpretive: A design in which components are chosen and placed to evoke a theme, occasion, or atmosphere; not a design style. A photograph of a Berkshire Vista will be hung on the wall. A two paneled antique Window frame measuring 19” wide b 31.5” tall will be attached to each pedestal. An image of the Berkshire Vista will be available to entrants. The arrangement will be placed on a pedestal 36” x 18.5” x 36” tall. Design will be viewed from the front.

Consultant: Leslie Snyder (413) 212–9562, (508) 627- 5212 – lesliekrueger@gmail.com

4 Entries

 

Floral Design and Horticulture entries: Drop off Friday, August 12, from 3-5:00 PM

Floral Design and Horticulture entries: Drop off on Saturday, August 13, from  8 – 10:00 AM

 

The Show is open to the public: Saturday, August 13 from 12:00-5pm and Sunday, August 14 from 10am-5pm

Show admission is included with Garden admission (check in at the Visitor Center when you arrive)

 

Aug
19
Fri
Family Fridays: The Caterpillar Lab @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 19 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

This program is free for members and children under 12; free with BBG admission for non-members.

The Caterpillar Lab, a nationally acclaimed natural science organization based in Keene, NJ, is making a long-awaited visit to the BBG to introduce us to some lesser known native creatures that are often just outside of our own back doors. The program will include an array of caterpillars, voraciously munching on the plants that provide them with the sustenance essential to their growth and development. An educator from The Caterpillar Lab will teach us about caterpillar biology and the incredible but true stories about the strange and surprising adaptations of these curious baby Lepidoptera. From the camouflaged coverings that make them look like twigs or snakes and stinging spines that protect and hide them from predators to other species with strong mandibles and urticating hairs or bristles that help ensure their survival, caterpillars will be seen in a whole new light.

The Caterpillar Lab helps open people’s eyes to the natural value of their backyards, neighborhoods, and green spaces. By increasing their audience’s excitement for and investment in local natural surroundings, The Caterpillar Lab hopes to inspire people to make more caring and thoughtful decisions, not just about the natural world, but about their communities as a whole. Learn more on The Caterpillar Lab’s website. Visit the Lab’s Facebook page, “The Caterpillar Lab,” for exciting caterpillar photos and stories, updated weekly.

Aug
26
Fri
Family Fridays: Frogs and Turtles of Berkshire County @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

This program is free for members and children under 12; free with BBG admission for non-members.

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 frogs and turtles, details about their distinctive biology, and interesting facts about their behaviors and the methods these elusive creatures use to protect themselves and reproduce. Professor Tom Tyning will encourage families to get to know these shy and retiring animals and will have a few live frogs 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.

Sep
12
Mon
Gardening in Pots: How to Design, Plant, Maintain, and Winterize Container Gardens and Plants (H,D) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Classes meet on Mondays, September 12-26, 5:30 – 8:30pm.

Acquire a knowledge of the skills required for beautiful and successful container gardens.  Start with techniques for overwintering tropicals, tender perennials, bulbs, annuals and more without a greenhouse through storage of dormant plants, seed collection, cuttings, divisions and other simple techniques.  Get to know the plants that thrive in containers and how to care for them. This class will cover practical aspects of gardening with plants that do double duty as housescape plants in the winter and container plants in summer. Consider container selection, siting, planting, growing, controlling pests and maintaining moveable gardens.

Instructor – Jenna O’Brien

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