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!
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.
Join us as we open our 2015 exhibit “Water in the Garden” featuring sculptures, fountains, water plants and more! This year’s artists include Anthony Archer-Wills, John Piasecki, Mark Mendel, Jenna O’Brien, Bill Cummings, Angus Matheson for Black Barn Farm and Pergola Home.
On Friday, May 29th, we will be having an opening reception for the exhibit featuring a “walk and talk” with the artists. There will be drinks with light hors d’oeuvres starting at 5pm. This is a free event with a suggested donation of $10.
Though this is a free event, we would love it if you could RSVP to Amy at 413.298.3926 or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you there!
This event is sold out. To be added to the wait list, please call 413.298.3926.
Cocktails in Great Gardens have become some of the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s most popular summer events by offering guests to tour some of the most amazing private gardens that the Berkshire’s have to offer and this year is no exception. We start our series this year with the home of Honey Sharp and David Lippman in Great Barrington.
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.
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.
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.
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: The Landscape of Man
Geoffrey and Susan Jellicoe
Thames and Hudson, Inc. c.1995, reprinted 1998
with Anna Pavord,
author of The Tulip
Come and meet the best-selling author and gardener over cocktails at the West Stockbridge home of Dan and Sherry Kasper on the night before she gives the Garden’s Winter Lecture. Tickets for this event are limited and sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
Friday, February 12th, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30
TICKETS FOR THE WINTER LECTURE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE DOOR.
New gardeners are often advised that the first step in making a garden is to draw a plan, but according to author and English gardener Anna Pavord, this is not so. The first thing a gardener needs to determine is the mood of the garden: is it formal or wild, a cottage-garden or exotic? Like architecture and fashion, gardening embraces different and distinctive styles, and determining one’s own style of gardening is a personal choice that merits great consideration. In this talk, Anna Pavord, former editor of Gardens Illustrated and bestselling author of The Tulip and The Naming of Names, provides a fresh perspective on garden design and style. Pavord explains what garden style is and sets forth on how to create a garden of one’s own while sharing images of distinctive gardens from America and abroad.
This Valentine’s Day weekend Anna Pavord will speak at the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Winter Lecture Series. Over the past sixteen years, the Garden’s Winter Lecture Series has brought noted horticultural and landscape design professionals from around the world to the Berkshires to share their knowledge and expertise. The roster includes such notables as plant explorer Dan Hinkley, gardener Marco Polo Stufano, writer and photographer Ken Druse, Debs Goodenough, the head gardener at Prince Charles’s home at Highgrove, garden designer Penelope Hobhouse, and Great Dixter’s Fergus Garrett.
In the case of inclement weather, this event will be held on February 14th, at the same location at 2:00 pm.
Anna Pavord‘s books include her bestseller, The Tulip, The Naming of Names and her most recent work, The Curious Gardener. Her column in the Independent newspaper has appeared ever since the paper was launched in 1986 and for many years she was an Associate Editor of the magazine Gardens Illustrated. She served for ten years on the Gardens Panel of the National Trust, the last five as chairman. She also served three 3-year terms on English Heritage’s Parks and Gardens Panel. In 2001 she was awarded the Gold Veitch medal from the Royal Horticultural Society. For more than 40 years she has lived in Dorset where she gardens on a steep sunny slope among arisaemas and magnolias.