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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!

Jan
14
Wed
Landscape Design Clinic @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Jan 14 @ 11:00 pm – Jan 15 @ 2:00 am


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Classes meet on Wednesdays, 6-9pm: January 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4; and Saturday, March 14 (10am – 3pm).

Learn skills essential for effective functional garden design that honor the site and meet client needs. Each week will cover a different topic or technique focusing on the importance of getting to know the client and site as a basis of effective and appealing design. Essential and easy to grasp design principles for those who design or install gardens will be introduced throughout the course with the goal of practicing a form-finding approach to garden design. The tools taught will provide a vocabulary essential for assessing a property’s potential and problems, and for asking the right questions to realize client’s wishes while avoiding common design mistakes. Learn how to make well considered and sustainable choices for the elements and materials commonly used in the residential scale garden. Features including fences, decks, terraces, garden furnishings, containers and ornaments will be covered with a focus on expanding the designer’s vocabulary and palette.   Students will select a project and take it from creative concept to completed design plan including schematic drawings, and planting plans.  Each class will involve instruction and evaluation of projects in progress and will include both class instruction and studio time. Frequent group discussions and exercises will put the skills learned into action.  Students will make a formal presentation at the final class.  This course is the culmination of the Level II Certificate in Garden Design although all students are welcome.

Instructor – Chuck Schnell, M.A. has both a BA and MA in landscape design.  He works in planning and design for WCLDA in Ashfield, MA.  He is a recipient of the Garden Club of America McLaren Fellowship to study abroad.  He has strong knowledge of ornamental plants, landscape design and construction expertise.

Guest Instructor  Walter Cudnohufsky, M.L.A. is a long time dedicated teacher.  Having founded and for twenty years directed the nationally acclaimed Conway (Mass.) School of Landscape Design, he has honed a reasoned approach to planning design.  Currently his firm is engaged in many diverse and stimulating planning/design projects throughout the region.

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.

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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

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.

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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
14
Wed
Drafting for Garden Design (required level II) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 14 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Hort Certificate workshopClasses meet Wednesdays, September 14 – October 26, from 5:30 – 8:30pm.

This seven-week studio intensive is essential for students who anticipate working in garden planning and design. Learn basic drafting skills necessary to record and effectively communicate scaled site plans. The first four weeks of the course will cover reference books, drafting supplies, media/paper types, line weights; lettering and scale reading. Drafting demonstrations will familiarize students with professional drawing techniques and the students will begin to draft basic site plans. Map making will be covered in week four. During the last half of the course, students will learn to develop a landscape graphic palette to illustrate trees, shrubs, perennials and ground covers as well as hardscape materials such as stone terraces, etc. Students will also learn professional rendering techniques using prismacolor pencils. This course is designed for beginners to intermediates and will prepare students for all design classes offered in the Horticultural Certificate Program. We strongly suggest that all students who anticipate working professionally in the field of horticulture complete this course. For materials list, click here.

$25 copy fee applies.

Instructor – Steven Foster, ASLA is a registered landscape architect in MA with over thirty years experience. He currently divides his time between private practice and teaching at the Landscape Design Institute affiliated with Arnold Arboretum and Harvard University.

Suggested texts:
Architectural Graphics
Frank Ching
John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 0471209066

Plan and Section Drawing
Thomas Wang
John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 0471286087

Landscape Graphics
Grant W. Reid ASLA
Watson-Guptill Publications
ISBN0823073327

For materials list, click here.

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