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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!

Jun
3
Wed
Ashintully Garden – From a Designer’s View @ Offsite in Tyringham, MA
Jun 3 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

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Dress for outdoors with sturdy walking shoes.

Ashintully, the name given to the original 1,000-acre estate be- longing to Egyptologist Robb de Peyster Tytus, is located in Tryringham, MA. The garden wasa gift of John Stewart McLennan Jr. and his wife Katharine to The Trustees of Reservations. Mr. McLennan, an accomplished and honored composer, designed the elegant gardens over 30 years as a parallel creative effort to his musical work. Tour the garden at Ashintully with landscape architect Walter Cudnohufsky and see this important garden through fresh and discerning eyes. There will be a detailed and lively group discussion about what makes Ashintully great. Participants will learn about garden design as a set of planned relationships and an exercise of restraint, focussing on the ten most important garden design principles as illustrated in Walter’s forthcoming book. The gardens blend several natural features into an ordered arrange- ment with both formal and informal beauty. In 1997, Ashintully Gardens received the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s H. Hollis Hunnewell Medal. Enjoy a fresh June morning at this lovely garden space.

Walter Cudnohufsky, M.L.A. is a long-time dedicated teacher. Having founded and for 20 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.

Jun
11
Thu
The Curated Garden: Garden Obsessions in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut @ Offsite: northwest CT
Jun 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

This field trip is filled to capacity.

10 am – 2:30 pm is the time onsite in the northwest corner of CT. 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.

Join staff from the Berkshire Botanical Garden for an offsite adventure to private gardens that reflect the owner as curator. The first, in Kent, CT, was inspired by a strong interest in collecting specimen trees and shrubs and has been developed over the past 29 years. This garden contains one of the largest private collections of rare, distinctive and hard-to-find trees in the Northeast and reflects the owner’s quest for unique trees that are not only hardy and disease resistant, but also have the form, texture and foliage that amaze and please year ’round. Plants are identified by markers, a plant list and a map, allowing visitors to identify new plants for their own gardens. Following a picnic lunch on the terrace, travel north to West Cornwall, CT, to the shop and garden of designer Michael Trapp. This eclectic, highly stylized garden, constructed from stone and architectural details, creates a fantasy landscape in an Old-World-style garden tradition. With intimate cobbled pathways, terraced gardens, reflecting pools and a grotto-inspired garden room, it has a distinct French/Italian flavor. Learn how a difficult sloped site was used to advantage in creating this romantic garden.

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Jun
18
Thu
Exploring Gardens in the Hudson Valley: The Climbery and the Garden at Bellefield @ Offsite in Hyde Park and Livingston, NY
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

This class is fully enrolled.  Call for waitlist. 413 298 3926 ext.10

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 Hyde Park & Livingston, NY, is 10 am – 3 pm).

Take a drive down the Hudson Valley to visit two garden gems that focus on plants. First, tour the Garden at Belle- field, Hyde Park, designed in 1912 by Beatrix Farrand, one of America’s most celebrated landscape designers. Today the garden has been carefully restored, inspired by her landmark work and dedicated to sharing her pioneering legacy. This garden is a perfect example of how Farrand defined the American taste in gardens throughout the first half of the 20th century. She championed the use of perennial plants in combinations based upon color har- mony, bloom sequence and texture. This was the birth of the mixed border, a standard in gardens today. A volunteer from the Beatrix Farrand Association will lead the tour of this lovely garden at the height of its June bloom. From there, travel to the Culinary Institute of America to catch a quick lunch at the Apple Pie Cafe (cost of lunch not included in the fee). On the return, travel to Livingston, NY, to visit The Climbery, the private garden of Barbara Packer. With a focus on plants, specifically the holy grail of vines, clematis, wander through this beautifully landscaped seven-acre property dedicated to over 5,000 clematis—the second largest planted collection of clematis in the world. In addition to the clematis collection, enjoy an exuberant mid-June bloom of peonies, irises and more. Timed for the height of the clematis bloom, view this exceptional collec- tion and learn how to cultivate these winsome beauties.

Gardens Of The Hudson Valley

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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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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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

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