Education

Since our founding, Education has been at the core of the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s mission.  Our workshops, lectures and certificate programs are designed for all types of gardeners from the most novice, to the seasoned professional.  For detailed information on our registration and cancelation policy, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

Invasive Plant Identification, Removal and Control Strategies for the Home Gardener @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 12 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
This class will explore common invasive plants that have seized our landscape, with a focus on practical strategies for controlling these rampant beasts. Learn to identify common species, understand their natural history with a focus[...]
Bringing Plants in for the Winter @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Bring hand pruners. At the end of the summer what do you do with all those special patio plants that you have slaved over for the summer months? This class will give gardeners tricks of[...]
Horticultural Techniques Clinic: Perennial Bed Renovation @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
This workshop meets on two Saturdays, September 19 & 26, 9 am – 4 pm (rain dates: September 20 & 27) and is co-enrolled with Horticulture Certificate Program. Bring a bag lunch and dress for gardening. Learn[...]
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 Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY
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[...]
Bonsai: Conifer Workshop @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Back by popular demand, join bonsai expert Glen Lord for this hands-on workshop on conifers. Learn about bonsai, the ancient Japanese method of growing, pruning and caring for a miniature tree in a small pot.[...]
Whole Landscape Design @ Offsite in Pawling, NY
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Offsite in Pawling, NY
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[...]
Extending the Season’s Harvest Growing Vegetables for Four Seasons @ Offsite in Tyringham, MA
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Offsite in Tyringham, MA
Lecture/offsite field study to Woven Roots Farm, Tyringham, MA (co-enrolled with Horticulture Certificate Program) Learn how to extend the season’s harvest to enjoy your own garden greens throughout the late fall and early spring months.[...]
Irish Gardener Jimi Blake The Contemporary Mixed Border @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Join Irish plantsman extraordinaire Jimi Blake for a tour into his world of plants. This lecture on the contemporary mixed border is a comprehensive look at annuals, herbaceous perennials, shrubs and trees in Hunting Brook,[...]
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 in Boston, MA
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[...]
Pruning Shrubs and Small Ornamental Trees @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 31 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Wear waterproof outerwear and boots; bring pruners. Autumn is a great time to assess your woody plants for shape and structure. This demonstration/workshop will focus on pruning, including when, why and how to shape, renovate,[...]
Peter Del Tredici: The Radicle Underground @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Nov 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
(Co-enrolled with Horticulture Certificate Program) Join Dr. Peter Del Tredici, of Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum, for an exploration of the important relationship between plants and soil. Developing a clear understanding of what goes on below[...]
Landscape Design Clinic with Walt Cudnohufsky @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden and offsite
Nov 14 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden and offsite
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-[...]
The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Nov 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Based on The Seed Garden, a new book published in conjunction with Seed Savers Exchange, writer and editor Lee Buttala shares his knowledge of garden-scale seed saving. By demystifying the botanical processes at work in[...]
Making More Plants: Propagating Your Own Woody Plants @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Nov 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
(materials fee of $10) Back by popular demand! Join woody-plant specialist Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery for a workshop focused on hardwood and evergreen propagation. This workshop will cover how to collect, prepare and[...]
Bark and Buds: Winter Identification of Trees and Shrubs @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Bring a bag lunch. Dress for limited outdoor fieldwork. Discover the many plants that lend bark, buds, fruit and structural interest to the garden in fall and winter. Develop or enhance your ability to identify[...]

Advance Registration – is required for all classes, workshops and field trips.  We recommend registering early to ensure a place in the desired event.  You may register on this website (unless otherwise stated) by phone by calling 413.298.3926, in person by stopping by our administrative offices.

Cancellations:  If a class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment or weather, we will refund  your full registration fee. We will try to contact you in advance using the number you provide on the registration form.  Cancellations will e announced on our answering machine – call 413.298.3926 for updates and info after office hours.

Withdrawals:  To withdraw your registration for a class, please contact us as soon as possible so we can make your space available to others.  If you give us at least 7 days notice prior to the event, we will refund your fee less a $15 administration charge.  Please note:  we cannot offer refunds for withdrawals less than 7 days before a class.

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