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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!

May
29
Fri
Water in the Garden Opening Reception @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
May 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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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 info@berkshirebotanical.org.

See you there!

Aug
8
Sat
2015 Grow Show @ The Garden
Aug 8 – Aug 9 all-day

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45th Annual Grow Show

Now a Garden Club of America event!

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 a printable 2015 grow show brochure complete with categories and rules, click here: 2015 Grow Show Brochure

Saturday and Sunday, August 8-9, 2015

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At the Education Center at the Berkshire Botanical Garden

Floral Design and Horticulture entries: Drop off Friday, August 7, from 4-6:00 PM

Floral Design Horticulture entries: Drop off on Saturday, August 8, from  7 – 9:00 AM

The Show is open to the public: Saturday, August 8 from 12:00-5pm and Sunday, August 9 from 10am-5pm

Show admission is included with Garden admission (check in at the Gift Shop when you arrive)

 

 

 

Fête des Fleurs @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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Join us for this year’s Fête des Fleurs as the Berkshire Botanical Garden honors our long friendship with the Lenox Garden Club.  This year’s festivities are being held in tandem (on premise at the Garden) with our 2015 “Grow Show” which, for the first time ever, is being sponsored by the Garden Club of America.  You’ll have plenty of time to see the season’s blue ribbon entries between cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and catching up with good friends.  As always, you are encouraged to dress the part, drawing inspiration from this year’s “water” theme.  

It is the ultimate garden party and you are invited!

 

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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Oct
2
Fri
Whole Landscape Design (H,D,NP) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

This workshop meets on Friday, October 2, 2015. 10am – 1pm is the time onsite in Pawling, NY.

Join head gardener Robin Zitter for an exploration of garden design through the lens of ecology, history and culture. A private, extraordinary garden in her care, located in Pawling, NY, will be the site of this workshop. Robin will encourage observation and understanding of the ecological, historical and cultural aspects 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, we strive for the gentle blendings of the built and natural environments. We 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

10% discount for enrollment in 3 or more Fall Level III classes

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Oct
14
Wed
Extending the Season’s Harvest (H) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Peter Salinetti Hort CertificateLearn how to extend the season’s harvest to enjoy your own garden greens throughout the late fall and early spring months. Consider growing under cover in an unheated greenhouse, cold frame or high/low poly tunnels, and learn techniques needed to achieve a true four-season harvest. Investigate a variety of structures and learn the pros and cons of each. Crop selection, soil preparation, timing, planting, cultivation and harvesting will be covered, with a focus on early and late season production. Spend the afternoon at  Woven Roots Farm, Tyringham, MA  where Pete will lead an in depth tour of the farm’s season extension structures and will explain the various growing techniques.

Peter Salinetti, B.S., with wife Jen owns and operates Woven Roots Farm, a small family farm and CSA that grows vegetables and culinary herbs using traditional, no-till farming practices. For almost 15 years they have grown local produce for Berkshire County families. Their vegetables are grown using environmentally sustainable gardening practices, and they produce amazing top-quality, delicious produce. Both Jen and Pete are committed to raising awareness about the importance of the local food supply, along with teaching technical information on how to do so. They have lectured on growing food for both NOFA and other regional organizations.

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

Oct
29
Thu
The Arnold Arboretum’s Fall Fiery Display and a Special Tour of the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection (H,D,NP) @ offsite at Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Oct 29 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Bus will leave the BBG parking lot promptly at 8 am. Bring a bag lunch and dress for the weather.

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 Glenn 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.

Instructors – BBG Staff

10% discount for enrollment in 3 or more Fall Level III classes

15.10.29 Arnold Arboretum Tour

Dec
3
Thu
The Business of Gardening (H,D,NP) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Dec 3 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

017Classes meet on Thursdays, 1-5pm: December 3-17, 2015.

This course is a must for those working or planning to work professionally in the field of horticulture.  Participants will learn how to write a simple business plan, understand a team approach using subcontractors to a business advantage and ways to organize a business…from sole proprietor to incorporating (S-Corp, Inc, LLC). This course will cover dealing with employees, insurance and tax write-offs.  Learn the industry standards for markups on materials and labor, what the going rate is to charge clients and how to cost estimate projects.   Students will complete a cost estimate for a residential project – start to finish.  The focus will be on staying small, lean and smart and finally how to make a profit

Instructor – Craig Okerstrom-Lang, ASLA, is a landscape architect located in Berkshire County.  His vast business experiences ranges from public to private projects.  He teaches a variety of programs for the botanical garden including graphic, design and business practices.

 

Jan
15
Fri
Tree Care for Gardeners (H, D, NP) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Jan 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Classes meet on Fridays, 1-4pm: January 15 – February 5, 2016.

Whether you are an amateur or professional horticulturalist, you are a steward of the landscape, and probably spend more time than anyone among the flowers, shrubs and trees. This course is designed for those who might not necessarily be first to climb 100 feet up a northern red oak or wrangle the chainsaw to fell a 36” dead American elm. The goal of this class is to empower horticulturalists to better understand the largest plants in the landscape. Learn the basics of tree biology and identification, the tree’s role in the ecosystem, proper selection, siting, planting considerations, pruning of young trees, fertilization, pest identification and when to call in the certified arborist.

INSTRUCTOR – TOM INGERSOLL, B.A.

10% discount for enrollment in 3 or more Spring Level III courses

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