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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!

September 12, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Invasive Plant Identification, Removal and Control Strategies for the Home Gardener @ 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
September 12, 2015 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bringing Plants in for the Winter @ 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[...]
Drafting for Garden Design (required level II) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
September 16, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Drafting for Garden Design (required level II) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Classes meet Wednesdays, 6-9pm: September 16 – October 28, 2015. This seven-week studio intensive is essential for students who anticipate working in garden planning and design. Learn basic drafting skills necessary to record and effectively communicate scaled[...]
Horticultural Techniques Clinic: Perennial Bed Renovation @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
September 19, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Horticultural Techniques Clinic: Perennial Bed Renovation @ 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[...]
September 24, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
An Insider’s Walk Through Olana: Foreground, Middleground and the Viewshed @ 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
September 26, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bonsai: Conifer Workshop @ 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
October 2, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Whole Landscape Design @ 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 (H) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
October 14, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Extending the Season's Harvest (H) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
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,[...]
October 14, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Extending the Season’s Harvest Growing Vegetables for Four Seasons @ 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.[...]
Designs on the Land: A Historical Perspective (H,D) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Gardnen
October 22, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Designs on the Land: A Historical Perspective (H,D) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Gardnen
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[...]
Irish Gardener Jimi Blake The Contemporary Mixed Border @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
October 24, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Irish Gardener Jimi Blake The Contemporary Mixed Border @ 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
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
October 31, 2015 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Pruning Shrubs and Small Ornamental Trees @ 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,[...]
Planting Plan Design Studio (required level II) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
November 4, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Planting Plan Design Studio (required level II) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Classes meet on Wednesdays, 6-9pm: November 4 – December 16. Learn how to design a planting plan for private and public garden spaces.  Explore the manipulation of space by using plant material through a series[...]
Peter Del Tredici: The Radicle Underground @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
November 7, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Peter Del Tredici: The Radicle Underground @ 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
November 14, 2015 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Landscape Design Clinic with Walt Cudnohufsky @ 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-[...]
November 14, 2015 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Landscape Design Clinic: Introduction to a Coherent Process (required level II) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
This fast-paced, information-saturated clinic will introduce design students, home owners others to an opportunity-finding and problem-solving design process. It will lead to the basic conceptual elements of a landscape master plan. All attendees will participate in[...]
The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
November 21, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving @ 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
November 21, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Making More Plants: Propagating Your Own Woody Plants @ 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
December 12, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bark and Buds: Winter Identification of Trees and Shrubs @ 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[...]
Landscape Design Clinic (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
January 20, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Classes meet on Wednesdays, 6-9pm: January 20 – March 9, 2016. Learn skills essential for effective functional garden design that honor the site and meet client needs. Each week will cover a different topic or technique[...]

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