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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!

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
Cocktails in Great Gardens – The home of Larry Wente and Jack Hyland
Aug 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

The final Cocktails in Great Gardens of 2016 is at the home and garden of Larry Wente and Jack Hyland in Millerton, NY. Hors d’oeuvres, a cold refreshment, and the warm summer light of late afternoon are the perfect companions to take in some of the area’s most spectacular private gardens through our Cocktails in Great Gardens series.  It’s a rare opportunity to roam these private spaces with the gardeners themselves that you will not want to miss.  

 

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Oct
8
Sat
Harvest Festival @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 8 – Oct 9 all-day

Save the Date!

Berkshire Botanical Garden’s 2016 Harvest Festival will be held Columbus Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday October 8th and 9th!

About the FestivalKids activites

For generations the Harvest Festival has been a cherished tradition in the Berkshires. It is one of the largest and longest running events of its kind in the county and 2015 event had the largest attendance ever with more than 12,000 visitors to the event. Proceeds from the event support educational programs at the Garden.

The Festival is a family-friendly celebration of community, showcasing local crafters & artists, non-stop entertainment, artisan food producers and food trucks. (See listing at the links below.)

It also features a silent auction and giant tag sales including — Housewares, the Opportunity Clothing Shop, Country Bazaar, Accessorize!, a Jewelry Boutique, and a Plant, Bulb a and Garden Accessory Sale — as well as a farmers market and zillions of kids activities, including a haunted house.

And don’t forget to check our new Botanical Garden section with the Educational Workshops and Demos, the Garden’s own Farm Camp, Hall of Pumpkins and much more.

If interested in being a vendor an entertainer, or providing an activity for kids. please contact Dana Audia, the Festival producer at daudia@berkshirebotanical.org., or call the Office: 413 298 3926.

Become a Festival Volunteer. Visit the volunteer page for available job descriptions and to learn how you can help. To volunteer, contact Cynthia Grippaldi at 413 298 3926.

Below are links to some of last year’s fun!

Stage Entertainment (and more)

Kids Activity List

Educational workshops Schedule 

Complete Vendor List (with links)

Harvest Festival Map

Nov
13
Sun
Rooted in Place: Creating Gardens that Respond to the Local Landscape @ Berkshire School, Sheffield, MA
Nov 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This program is sold out.
Conference cost: $85 (includes lunch)

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Gardening in a Post Wild World: Creating Stunning Plant Communities That Stand the Test of Time
Ecological plantings are gaining popularity, but also face challenges due to environmental conditions and cultural expectations. When these plantings fail, it discourages future ecological landscaping efforts. This problem will not be solved if we continue to design as if it we were painting on canvas, perceiving plants as individual objects in space. It is time for a new practical and inspiring approach: a plant community that evolved from the world of ecological science.

Join Ms. West as she explains how plants fit together in the wild and how we can use this knowledge to create landscapes that are resilient, beautiful, and diverse. She is the co-author of a book of the same name as her lecture along with landscape architect Thomas Rainer and is the ecological sales manager for North
Creek Nurseries, where she works closely with ecological design and landscape restoration professionals.

16.11.13 Rooted in Place Tom WesselsTom Wessels
Self-organization and Co-Evolution: How Nature Models Sustainable Systems
Tom Wessels will take on the concept of the garden and local landscape as an ecological outpost to be considered as part of a larger ecosystem that strives for balance and inclusiveness. He is an ecologist and founding director of the master’s degree program in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England. He is the current chair of The Center for Whole Communities that fosters inclusive communities that are strongly rooted in place and where all people regardless of income, race, or background have access to and a healthy relationship with land. He is former chair of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation. His books include Reading the Forested Landscape, The Granite Landscape, Untamed Vermont, The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future, and Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to reading the Forested Landscape.

16.11.13 Rooted in Place Annie WhiteAnnie White
Top Native Perennial Combinations for Northeast Gardens
Choosing native plant species is just the first step to successfully incorporating more native plants into the landscape. Gardeners also need to know how to combine them and design with them effectively. As a native plant enthusiast, researcher, and landscape designer, Annie White will share some of the top native perennial combinations for northeast gardens and how to design native gardens that are as beautiful as they are functional.

 

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Ecological Garden Maintenance
Learn the secrets of working with your garden’s ecology to win the war on weeds, to control invasive species, and to read the seed bank so that you can predict what will grow naturally in your garden. Thomas Christopher, co-author of Garden Revolution (Timber Press, 2016) will share the techniques of working with your garden’s ecology, techniques that will save you work and money, and yield a beautiful, resilient landscape in tune with the local ecosystem and wildlife.

A graduate of the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture, Thomas Christopher has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times and Better Homes and Gardens, and has served as a contributing editor to Martha Stewart Living. He is the co-author with Ruth Rogers Clausen of Essential Perennials, a complete reference to 2,700 perennials for the home garden.

Dec
3
Sat
Holiday Marketplace @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Join us as the Garden’s Exhibit Hall is transformed into a twinkling market, sure to delight the senses and inspire the holiday spirit.  

The Garden’s renowned Holiday Marketplace is the place for one-of-a-kind Christmas decorations, gifts, food, and to shop for items made by local craftspeople and artisanal food vendors.  New this year is the Holiday Cafe, serving chili, beverages and confections.  The Cafe will also feature Celebrity Cookies made by area chefs from some of the Berkshires’ most renowned inns and restaurants including Alta, Blantyre, Castle Street Cafe, the Old Inn on The Green, and many others.

BBG Members join us for exclusive early buying from 10-11am on Saturday December 3.  In appreciation to our loyal members, enjoy first dibs on the best selection of hand-made wreaths, decorations and festive plants, and enjoy a complimentary Mimosa or juice while you shop.  (Don’t forget your BBG Membership Card!)

The event is free and open to the public on Saturday, December 3rd from 11am to 5pm, and Sunday, December 4th between 10am and 5 pm. The Kids Zone offer gingerbread house making and ornament decorating.

And of course, the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Gallery of Wreaths offers a wide variety of hand-made wreaths created by Garden volunteers. All proceeds from this event benefit the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s year-round educational programs.

Holiday Markeplace is a perfect stand-alone stop or as part of a day spent that includes the ever-popular Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. 

 

2016 VENDORS

Aubry

Art Bugs Illustrations

Berkshire Fabrications

Buster’s Bark

Cricket Creek

Dancing Bare Soap

davistudio

First Flower Farm

Going Gnome

Grass Hill Alpacas

Inner Vision Studio

Janet McKinstry Designs

Joe Oliverio Photography

JK Custom Furniture

Karen Grace Designs

Little Cat Metals

Passports

Relishing the Jams

Steve’s Tile Factory

Strudel Z

Sundae’s Best Hot Fudge

Thomas Goat Farm

Holiday Marketplace @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Dec 3 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Join us as the Garden’s Exhibit Hall is transformed into a twinkling market, sure to delight the senses and inspire the holiday spirit.  

The Garden’s renowned Holiday Marketplace is the place for one-of-a-kind Christmas decorations, gifts, food, and to shop for items made by local craftspeople and artisanal food vendors.  New this year, the Garden will feature Celebrity Cookies made by area chefs from some of the Berkshires’ most renowned inns and restaurants including Alta, Blantyre, Castle Street Cafe, the Old Inn on The Green, and many others.

BBG Members join us for exclusive early buying from 10-11am on Saturday December 3.  In appreciation to our loyal members, enjoy first dibs on the best selection of hand-made wreaths, decorations and festive plants, and enjoy a complimentary Mimosa or juice while you shop.  (Don’t forget your BBG Membership Card!)

The event is free and open to the public on Saturday, December 3rd from 11am to 5pm, and Sunday, December 4th between 10am and 5 pm. The Kids Zone offer gingerbread house making and ornament decorating.

And of course, the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Gallery of Wreaths offers a wide variety of hand-made wreaths created by Garden volunteers. All proceeds from this event benefit the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s year-round educational programs.

Holiday Markeplace is a perfect stand-alone stop or as part of a day spent that includes the ever-popular Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. 

 

2016 VENDORS

Aubry

Art Bugs Illustrations

Berkshire Fabrications

Buster’s Bark

Cricket Creek

Dancing Bare Soap

davistudio

First Flower Farm

Going Gnome

Grass Hill Alpacas

Inner Vision Studio

Janet McKinstry Designs

Joe Oliverio Photography

JK Custom Furniture

Karen Grace Designs

Little Cat Metals

Passports

Relishing the Jams

Steve’s Tile Factory

Strudel Z

Sundae’s Best Hot Fudge

Thomas Goat Farm

Dec
4
Sun
Holiday Marketplace @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Dec 4 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Join us as the Garden’s Exhibit Hall is transformed into a twinkling market, sure to delight the senses and inspire the holiday spirit.  

The Garden’s renowned Holiday Marketplace is the place for one-of-a-kind Christmas decorations, gifts, food, and to shop for items made by local craftspeople and artisanal food vendors.  New this year, the Garden will feature Celebrity Cookies made by area chefs from some of the Berkshires’ most renowned inns and restaurants including Alta, Blantyre, Castle Street Cafe, the Old Inn on The Green, and many others.

BBG Members join us for exclusive early buying from 10-11am on Saturday December 3.  In appreciation to our loyal members, enjoy first dibs on the best selection of hand-made wreaths, decorations and festive plants, and enjoy a complimentary Mimosa or juice while you shop.  (Don’t forget your BBG Membership Card!)

The event is free and open to the public on Saturday, December 3rd from 11am to 5pm, and Sunday, December 4th between 10am and 5 pm. The Kids Zone offer gingerbread house making and ornament decorating.

And of course, the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Gallery of Wreaths offers a wide variety of hand-made wreaths created by Garden volunteers. All proceeds from this event benefit the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s year-round educational programs.

Holiday Markeplace is a perfect stand-alone stop or as part of a day spent that includes the ever-popular Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. 

 

2016 VENDORS

Aubry

Art Bugs Illustrations

Berkshire Fabrications

Buster’s Bark

Cricket Creek

Dancing Bare Soap

davistudio

First Flower Farm

Going Gnome

Grass Hill Alpacas

Inner Vision Studio

Janet McKinstry Designs

Joe Oliverio Photography

JK Custom Furniture

Karen Grace Designs

Little Cat Metals

Passports

Relishing the Jams

Steve’s Tile Factory

Strudel Z

Sundae’s Best Hot Fudge

Thomas Goat Farm

Feb
28
Tue
Bulb Show @ Berkshire Botanical
Feb 28 @ 9:00 am – Mar 18 @ 4:00 pm

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This year, we spotlight unusual bulbs in “Out of Africa: Discovering
African Bulbs Among New England Springtime Favorites”
 

Our Fitzpatrick Greenhouse is a harbinger of spring through March 17 when the public is invited to enjoy nearly 100 flowering bulbs in an exhibition, “Out of Africa: Discovering African Bulbs Among New England Springtime Favorites.”  The exhibit is open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to regional springtime blooms such as narcissus, tulips and grape hyacinths, this year’s exhibit includes a collection of South African bulbs rarely seen in New England. Visitors are encouraged to stop by several times during the exhibition, as different bulbs will be blooming throughout the month.

Join horticulturist Rob Girard in the greenhouse on Saturday, March 11 for a Q & A on our South African bulb collection. Register online at berkshirebotanical.org or by calling 413 320-4794.

 

Apr
22
Sat
Great Gardens of the Italian Lake District @ Italian Lake District
Apr 22 all-day

Tour Arranged by Classical Excursions—April 22-29, 2017

The Italian lakes have seduced travelers since the time of the ancient Romans, who made them a favorite holiday destination, building villas along the shores or near them.  Later on, the lakes enchanted and inspired travelers on the Grand Tour – among these were Byron, Stendhal, Rossini, Bellini, Shelley, Turner, Liszt, Dickens and Henry James, who wrote to his sister Alice, “One can’t describe the beauty of the Italian lakes, nor would one try if one could…it lay before me…the long gleam of the Major [Lake Maggiore]…”

With these glorious descriptions in mind, the Berkshire Botanical Garden invites you to join an eight-day excursion arranged by Classical Excursions of some of the most breathtakingly beautiful gardens and scenery in all of Italy, on Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Verona and surrounding areas.

Judith Chatfield, veteran Italian garden expert, lecturer and author, will introduce you to the captivating villa and garden magic of the Lombardian lake region.  Retrace the steps of centuries of travelers to experience such villa and garden sights as Isola Madre, Isola Bella, Villa Taranto, Villa San Remigio, Villa Carlotta, Villa Balbianello, Villa della Porta Bozzolo, to name just a few.  Lunch at Villa Giusti, Grand Hotel Villa d’Este, Villa Cicogna, Villa Rizzardi and others.

Judith Chatfield is a lecturer and author of such books as A Tour of Italian Gardens and The Classic Italian Garden; she lived in Italy for a number of years. Over the years, Judith has lead many tours of Italian villas and gardens. For further information, contact Lani Summerville, director of Classical Excursions, at 413-446-8728, lani@classicalexcursions.com. Tour price $3,700 per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement available.

For a complete description of the tour, click here.

Tour leader Judith Chatfield will speak at BBG in November. More details to follow.

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May
19
Fri
Plant Sale 2017 @ Berkshire Botanical Gardens
May 19 – May 20 all-day

What better way to say hello to spring than with PLANTS AND ANSWERS, our 40th annual Plant Sale.  We’ve hand picked and grown some of our favorite plant selections and new varieties this year – you won’t want to miss it! 

If you would like to volunteer for this event or are interested in becoming a vendor, contact info@berkshirebotanical.org or call 413.298.3926 ext. 10. 

For a complete list of volunteer positions, and to sign up, click HERE.

New Dates for 2017!
Friday, May 19:
9 -11 am: Members-only early buying privileges

11 am -5 pm: Open to the general public
Saturday, May 20:
9 am -5 pm: Open to the general public

Free admission and free parking!


Located on the grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden at the junction of
Routes 102 and 
183, Stockbridge, MA. GPS address: 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA

Donations Welcomed!
Donate your unwanted garden and patio items for the tag sale. Donated items must be in good condition and in working order, ready to resell. Drop off at the Garden Mon-Fri, through May 7. Donations are tax-deductible.

2017 Plant Sale Vendors
We look forward to welcoming vendors from near and far, who offer a wide range of items for plant lovers to enjoy.  This year’s vendors include:

JK Custon Furniture
Naga Bakehouse
Oesco, Inc.
Rustic Woodcraft
The Clayground
Zyra Clay Studio
Thompson Goat Farm
Great Stuff
Farm at Miller’s Crossing
Northeast Native Seeds
Blueberry Hill Cafe
Sundae’s Best Chocolate Fudge
The Peach Tree

 

Silent Auction
Bid on specialty plants, wall gardens, green services and more. . .

Get a jump-start on the season at the iconic BBG (Be-a-Better-Gardener!) Plant Sale. We’ll have thousands of plants to choose from, including 180+ species and cultivars of native plants!
For a complete list of plants, click here:  Plant Sale 2017 

Each year, BBG’s staff posts their favorite Plant Sale Picks!
See this year’s list!

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