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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!

Bark and Buds: Winter Identification of Trees and Shrubs @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
December 13, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bark and Buds: Winter Identification of Trees and Shrubs @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Field study (held indoors)  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[...]
January 14, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join a study group series at the Berkshire Botanical Garden to consider plant groups of particular interest to the staff. Look first at ornamental shrubs and trees for the best fall display (January 14). The[...]
Caring for a Greenhouse or Plant Conservatory @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
January 15, 2015 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Caring for a Greenhouse or Plant Conservatory @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
This 4-session course meets on Thursday afternoons, 4-7pm, from January 15 through February 5. It is co-enrolled with the Horticulture Certificate Program.  This course will focus on the ins and outs of controlling the greenhouse environment.[...]
January 21, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join a study group series at the Berkshire Botanical Garden to consider plant groups of particular interest to the staff. Look first at ornamental shrubs and trees for the best fall display (January 14). The[...]
January 24, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
21st Century Herbal: A Conversation wtih Ethnobotanist Michael Balick, Ph.D., and Aviva Romm, MD @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Join ethnobotanist Michael Balick, Ph.D., as he discusses medicinal botany with Aviva Romm, MD and medical herbalist. This lecture is based on Dr. Balick’s recent book, Rodale’s 21st Century Herbal: A Practical Guide for Healthy[...]
January 28, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join a study group series at the Berkshire Botanical Garden to consider plant groups of particular interest to the staff. Look first at ornamental shrubs and trees for the best fall display (January 14). The[...]
Bonsai Basics @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
January 31, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bonsai Basics @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Those signing up for this class and Glen’s March 14th workshop will receive a 10% discount on both. Join Bonsai expert Glen Lord for an informative talk and live demonstration on successfully growing bonsai in[...]
Growing Bountiful Berries, Grapes and Currants in a Small Fruit Garden @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
February 2, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Growing Bountiful Berries, Grapes and Currants in a Small Fruit Garden @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
This 4-session course meets on Monday evenings, 6-9pm, from February 2-23. It is co-enrolled with the Horticulture Certificate Program.  Learn how to grow all sorts of berries, grapes and currants, the easiest fruits to grow. Designed[...]
Growing Great Ornamental Grasses for Every Garden @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
February 7, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Growing Great Ornamental Grasses for Every Garden @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
The stature, movement and rustling of grasses make them unique plants for the garden. This presentation delves into the reasons for using grasses, how to place them and how to select the right grasses for a[...]
Hearts and Flowers: The Art of Cut Paper @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
February 12, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Hearts and Flowers: The Art of Cut Paper @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
$10 materials fee paid directly to instructor. Just in time for your favorite valentine…instead of candy how about a creative workshop for Valentine’s Day! Join cut- paper artist Pamela Dalton for a fun, hands-on workshop on[...]
February 28, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
All About Iris for New England Gardens...and a Few Great Companions Along the Way @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Join growers extraordinaire and iris hybridizers Jan Sacks and Marty Schafer from Joe Pye Weed Nursery as they take students on a magical tour through the iris bloom season from March through August. They will[...]
Growing Vegetables at Home @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
March 2, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Growing Vegetables at Home @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
This 5-session course meets on Monday evenings, 6-9pm, from March 2-30. It is co-enrolled with the Horticulture Certificate Program. Learn how to grow vegetables all season long in our regional gardens. Designed for homeowners starting a[...]
March 7, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ready, Set, Grow! An Expert’s Guide to Growing Vegetable and Annual Starts @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Learn vegetable and flower seed-starting and plant-growing techniques that result in vigorous plants from grower Maureen Sullivan. This workshop will focus on indoor sowing and growing-on practices, including preparation of an effective seed-sowing schedule, techniques[...]
The Orchard at Home @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
March 13, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Orchard at Home @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
This three-session course meets on two Fridays, March 13 and 20, and on Saturday, March 28, 10am – 3pm. It is co-enrolled with the Horticulture Certificate Program. Learn how to grow a successful home fruit orchard, including[...]
Bonsai Workshop @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
March 14, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bonsai Workshop @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Those signing up for this class and Glen’s January 31st lecture will receive a 10% discount on both. Learn about bonsai, the ancient Japanese method of growing, pruning and caring for a miniature tree in a[...]
Sketching Nature @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
March 25, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sketching Nature @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
This is a three-session workshop, meeting on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 25, 26 and 27, 10am – 4pm. Bring a bag lunch. Materials list available here. Have you ever wanted to sketch a favorite[...]
March 28, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Pruning for Fruit Production: Pome and Stone Fruit Trees @ offsite
Snow date: Sunday, March 29. Participants should dress warmly and bring pruners and a bag lunch. Directions available here. This demonstration/workshop will focus on the specifics of pruning stone and pome fruit trees and some[...]
Rejuvenating Shrubs— Lilacs, Weigela, Forsythia and More… @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
April 11, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Is that old lilac refusing to flower? Spring is a great time to assess your woody shrubs for shape and structure. This hands-on workshop will focus on when, why and how to renovate or rejuvenate[...]
April 11, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Naming Flora: An Etymological Romp through the Berkshire Botanical Garden @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sure, Carl Linnaeus had a technical name for each of the flora, but where did we get all our common words for them, from aster to zinnia? This interactive and entertaining lecture will enlighten you[...]
Transplanting Shrubs and Planting Small Ornamental Trees @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
April 25, 2015 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Bring work gloves and dress for the weather. Learn by doing in this hands-on shrub and tree planting/transplanting workshop. All aspects of successful planting will be demonstrated, and participants will assist in transplanting a multi-stem[...]
Magnolias and More...Flowering Trees and Shrubs at Broken Arrow Nursery @ Offsite
Join woody-plant guru Adam Wheeler for a tour of the display gardens at Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden, CT. This field study will focus on magnolias, but will also include other choice woody plants, including[...]
May 6, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join ecologist and plant geek Drew Monthie for a plant walk and talk at Bartholomew’s Cobble, a Trustees of Reservations property in Sheffield, MA. Long noted for its exceptional collection of rare plants, this unique[...]
May 21, 2015 @ 8:00 am – 6:30 pm
Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life Exhibition at New York Botanical Garden @ Offsite: Bronx, NY
Coach bus leaves Berkshire Botanical Garden promptly at 8am. Bring a bag lunch and dress for the weather: comfortable, sturdy footwear and warm, waterproof outerwear, umbrella. Join staff from the Berkshire Botanical Garden for a[...]
June 11, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
The Curated Garden: Garden Obsessions in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut @ Offsite: northwest CT
10 am – 2:30 pm is the time onsite in the northwest corner of CT. Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire[...]

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