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!
Save the Date!
Berkshire Botanical Garden’s 2016 Harvest Festival will be held Columbus Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday October 8th and 9th!
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 email@example.com., 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!
Classes meet on Thursdays, October 13 – November 3, 5:30 – 8:30pm.
This course will help students better understand the principles and practices of ecological gardening with a focus on native plant communities. Students will learn the native plant palette, resources needed to identify these communities and habitats and methods of introducing native plants into gardens. Identifying and controlling invasive plant species in addition to restoring areas that have been impacted by invasives will also be highlighted. Gardeners will learn how to enhance garden spaces with native plants (although not exclusively) that create sustainable and low maintenance gardens.
Instructor-Brad Roeller, B.S.
This course meets on Fridays, 1-4pm, October 21 & 28; November 4 & 18.
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., M.A.A., I.S.A. is a Massachusetts Certified Arborist and is also certified by the International Society of Arborists. He owns Ingersoll Landcare located in Sheffield, MA, and has worked in the landscape industry for the past 22 years. He serves on boards of the Berkshire Botanical Garden and the Sheffield Tree Project.
Classes meet on Thursdays, February 2- March 2, at 4 – 7pm.
This course will focus on the ins and outs of controlling the greenhouse environment. Whether maintaining a conservatory collection of ornamental plants or producing greenhouse crops participants will learn how to grow, care for and maintain plants in a greenhouse. The relationship between temperature, water, light, fertilization, plant health and diseases will be covered with a strong emphasis on IPM (integrated pest management).
Instructor – William Florek, M.A., has been a landscaper designer for 30 years and currently teaches Horticulture at Monument Mountain Regional High School. He also concentrates his time on greenhouse management, growing plants for school programs and the highly successful plant sales held at the school. He has a degree from the University of Massachusetts in Landscape Design and an M.A.T. in Biology from Elms College.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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
Zyra Clay Studio
Thompson Goat Farm
Farm at Miller’s Crossing
Northeast Native Seeds
Blueberry Hill Cafe
Sundae’s Best Chocolate Fudge
The Peach Tree
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!
Ten designers and builders interpret play house structures for Berkshire Botanical Garden’s summer exhibition, “PlayDate: Playhouses in the Garden” opens with a reception scheduled for Friday, May 26, 5-7 p.m. at the Garden in Stockbridge.
The PlayDate structures vary in size and theme, from a medieval fortress-style house, to an outdoor transparent “play room” and an English-style timber framed cottage. Other designs include a tree trunk transformed into a hobbit house, a 19th Century shepherd’s wagon, a teepee-style structure, a sanctuary, and an antique aviary tea party. A permanent installation at the Garden, the Martha Stewart Cottage, will receive a makeover for the exhibition, transforming the traditional garden cottage into a wild themed jungle room of ferns and other plants. A total of 12 structures will be included in the exhibition.
The exhibition is free with Garden admission. PlayDate will remain on display through September 24.
Designers and builders:
West Stockbridge, MA
Great Barrington, MA
This class meets on Friday, October 13, 4 – 6 pm & Saturday, October 14 10 am – 4 pm
The Friday lecture will cover many of the forest, meadow, and wetland habitats found in Berkshire County, discussing their physical and ecological features–topography, geology, soils, and moisture–as well as their characteristic plant associations, including both common and rare plants. The Saturday field trip will take us to a variety of forested, open, and wetland habitats, and we will take a close look at the flora and features of each of them. We will also discuss impacts of invasive species, and possible changes to natural communities in response to climate change. We will travel by passenger van. Please dress for weather and bring a bagged lunch.
Instructor-Ted Elliman, M.S.
Learn 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, no-till 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.
Instructor – Peter Salinetti, B.S.
Rendering (H, D, NP)
This class meets on Thursdays, October 26 – December 21 (no class 11/23).
Rendering is a drawing skill necessary for communicating garden designs to clients. This course is the next step for gardening designers following drafting. Structured as a studio class, students will learn the softer side of drawing for design using the B range pencils. Practice illustrative rendering such as sections, elevations and plan obliques. This course will enable designers to better communicate their designs to clients. Non-professional gardeners and artists are encouraged to join this class.
Instructor – David Dew Bruner, A.S.L.A.