Join a study group taught by staff at the Berkshire Botanical Garden to consider plant groups of particular interest to the staff. Look first at the late summer/early fall perennials that go the distance in the autumn garden. The following week will investigate the important role that grasses play in the garden. The final class will focus on woody plants that brighten the late summer garden with beautiful fall foliage. The classes meet on three consecutive Wednesdays, September 11, 18 and 25. Classes can be attended as a series or individually.
Minor Bulbs for Spring Beauty– September 11
Longing for a crocus lawn or a field of spring beauties? Learn about the versatile group of minor bulbs. This group of subtle beauties adds a sequence of bloom from earliest spring right through into early summer. This program covers varieties, cultural requirements, sourcing and tips on how to design with bulbs. This is a survey class and will include the instructor’s favorites in addition to a well rounded selection of the best of the bunch.
Grasses in the Garden – September 18
The stature, movement and rustling of grasses make these tough plants unique in the perennial border. Join Elisabeth Cary and discover reasons for using grasses and how to place and select the right plant for any garden. Explore the beautiful grasses—some known and others relatively unknown—for every habitat from a dry sunny location to wet shady spots. This program is designed for gardeners new to grasses.
Woody Plants of Merit with Great Fall Foliage – September 25
Consider shrubs and small trees that add structure, color and texture to the fall gardening season. Elisabeth Cary will take students on a comprehensive tour of woodies worth their weight in gold for their fabulous fall colors. Each selection will be discussed for garden-worthiness, growth habit, aesthetic consideration, siting, planting, cultivation and maintenance. Tips on how to integrate these beauties into the mixed border, woodland setting and as a focal point will be covered.
Elisabeth Cary is the Director of Education at the Berkshire Botanical Garden and has been gardening for over 25 years. She specializes in perennial, vegetable and mixed-border gardens.