To register for this event, please call the Garden at 413.298.3926
Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately to New Paltz, NY. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire Botanical Garden at 9 am (approximate travel time from BBG to first site estimated 1 hour:45 minutes) Participants should bring a bagged lunch.
This is a field trip to the garden of well known author and vegetable and fruit gardener Lee Reich, followed by a garden tour and picnic lunch at Mohonk Mountain House. A writer once proclaimed Lee’s garden to be very much a “man’s garden” and perhaps it is. The emphasis is on fruits and vegetables, but the whole works is woven into plantings of flowers and ornamental shrubs supported by rustic fencing and gates. He grows a year ’round supply of pretty much every kind of vegetable except rhubarb and Jerusalem artichokes. Fruits include many varieties of dwarf apples, pears and grapes, as well as uncommon fruits such as pawpaws, persimmons, gooseberries (20 or so varieties), juneberries and medlars. September in his “farmden” brings to ripening a number of fruits, common and uncommon. Pawpaw, hardy kiwifruits, grapes and American persimmons should be available for tasting. From here, travel to historic Mohonk Mountain House and picnic on the grounds. Head Gardener Andrew Koehn will then lead a tour of the grounds and gardens of this famous historic resort.
Lee Reich is an avid “farmdener” (more than a garden, less than a farm) who turned from plant and soil research with the USDA and Cornell University to writing, lecturing and consulting. His books include A Northeast Gardener’s Year, The Pruning Book, Weedless Gardening, Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden, Landscaping with Fruit and Grow Fruit Naturally. He writes regularly for the Associated Press, Fine Gardening and Horticulture. His garden has been featured in The New York Times and Martha Stewart Living, has won awards from National Gardening and Organic Gardening and has been included in “Open Days” tours of the Garden Conservancy.
Andrew Koehn is head gardener for Mohonk Mountain House. He manages the extensive gardens and grounds for this estate. His garden blog Gardening at Mohonk is full of horticultural information and lively garden chat.