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!

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.

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 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.

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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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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.

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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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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

The Arnold Arboretum’s Fall Fiery Display and a Special Tour of the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection @ Offsite in Boston, MA
Oct 29 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Offsite field trip (co-enrolled with Horticulture Certificate Program)
Bring a bag lunch and dress for the weather. Bus will leave the BBG parking lot promptly at 8 am.

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 Glen 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.

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Landscape Design Clinic with Walt Cudnohufsky @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden and offsite
Nov 14 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

This program is fully enrolled.  To be wait listed please call  Elisabeth Cary 413 298 3926 ext  15

This workshop/traveling field study is co-enrolled with Horticulture Certificate Program.
Dress for outdoors, wear waterproof footwear and bring a bag lunch.

This fast-paced, information-saturated clinic will introduce design students, homeowners and others to opportunities to problem- solve the design process. It will lead to the basic conceptual elements of a landscape master plan. All attendees will participate in the process of observing and designing and will come away with coherent examples of how design happens. An active discussion format will focus on common design principles. A step-by-step PowerPoint presentation will focus the discussion later in the afternoon. The field trip will be held rain or shine.

Walter Cudnohufsky is owner of Walter Cudnohufsky Associates Landscape Architects, Land and Community Planners, Ashfield, MA. He is the founder and for 20 years was the director of the Conway School of Landscape Design.

Students in Landscape Design Clinic

Bloom Along the Hudson: Stonecrop Gardens and Wethersfield Estate @ Offsite: Cold Spring, NY and Amenia, NY
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

10am – 3:30pm is time onsite at Stonecrop and Wethersfield. Carpool, departing at 8am, is available from BBG.

Join the staff of the Berkshire Botanical Garden for an early spring study tour of two exceptional landscapes. At Stonecrop Gardens, the noted home of Garden Conservancy founder Frank Cabot, gardener Robin Young will focus on spring flowering bulbs and woodland plants as she leads the group through the garden, as well as the extraordinary glass conservatory and the stone-trough alpine collection, which will be in full bloom. The visit will also include a tour of Stonecrop’s beautiful water garden and the early-spring perennial borders. Following a picnic lunch, the tour heads north to Wethersfield Garden, originally the country estate of Chauncey Devereux Stillman, in Amenia, NY.  The 1,200-acre estate, filled with carriage trails, is on the highest point in the region and provides panoramic views of the Catskills to the west and the Berkshires to the north. The Italianate garden is noted for its design and structure, and attendees will enjoy comparing these two very different approaches of these properties to gardening in the Hudson Valley.

Gardener Robin Young joined the Stonecrop horticulture team in 1999 after completing her MS in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design at The University of Tennessee. She divides her time between coordinating educational events and delving into horticultural projects ranging from seed collection to facilitating the planting of 25,000 bulbs annually.

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Lost & Found— BBG Visits Untermyer Garden and Rocky Hills @ Offsite: Yonkers, NY and Mt. Kisco, NY
May 26 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

This program is fully enrolled

Bring a bag lunch and dress for the weather: comfortable, sturdy footwear and warm, waterproof outerwear, umbrella.

This year’s annual spring field trip takes BBG to two gardens: one just coming into public life and one heading into the private sector. The day begins with a visit to Untermyer Garden in Yonkers, NY, once the private garden and estate of Samuel Untermyer. Beginning in 1899, Untermyer spent the next 40 years attempting to make his garden and greenhouse the most extraordinary private horticultural endeavor in the country. Since 2011, a conservancy, under the guidance of Marco Polo Stufano of Wave Hill fame, has been working along with the city of Yonkers to restore Untermyer Garden to its former glory. The tour will include the Indo-Persian-inspired Walled Garden; the Vista, modeled on a similar series of descending stairs at the Villa D’Este in Italy; the Temple of Love; and other gardens at various stages in the restoration process.

Following a picnic lunch on the grounds, the tour will travel north to the much-loved Rocky Hills, the 12-acre strolling garden that once belonged to Henriette and William Suhr. A Garden Conservancy Project Garden, Rocky Hills was to be turned into a public garden upon its owner’ s death, but due to a variety of reasons, is now being sold privately with the proceeds being used to create a foundation to help support horticultural and environmental causes. This may be one of the last times this extraordinary garden, replete with it naturalistic water and rock gardens, azalea and rhododendron borders, and meadows and conifer collections, will be available for public viewing.

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