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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!

Soil and Soil Amendments @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
November 25, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – November 25, 2014 @ 9:00 pm
Soil and Soil Amendments @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Classes meet on Tuesdays, 6-9pm: November 25 and December 2, 9, 16, 2014. This course will explain how plant growth is affected by soils, from drainage to pH and nutrients. Learn how to evaluate soils,[...]
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[...]
Botany for Gardeners @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
January 6, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – January 6, 2015 @ 9:00 pm
Botany for Gardeners @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Classes meet on Tuesdays, 6-9 pm: January 6,  13, 20, 27, 2015. This is a beginning course in plant anatomy and physiology that covers a wide range of topics.  The relationship between structure and function of[...]
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[...]
Landscape Design Clinic @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
January 14, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – January 14, 2015 @ 9:00 pm
Landscape Design Clinic  @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Classes meet on Wednesdays, 6-9pm: January 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4; and Saturday, March 14 (10am – 3pm). Learn skills essential for effective functional garden design that honor the site and[...]
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.[...]
Greenhouse and Plant Conservatory Management @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
January 15, 2015 @ 4:00 pm – January 15, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Classes meet on Thursdays, January 15 – February 5, at 4 – 7pm. This course will focus on the ins and outs of controlling the greenhouse environment. Whether maintaining a  conservatory collection of ornamental plants[...]
The Business of Gardening @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
January 16, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Classes meet on Fridays, 1-5pm: January 16, 23 and 30, 2015. This course is a must for those working or planning to work professionally in the field of horticulture.  Participants will learn how to write a simple business plan, understand[...]
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[...]
Small-Fruit Gardening in the New England Landscape @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
February 2, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – February 2, 2015 @ 9:00 pm
Classes meet on Mondays, February 2, 9, 16 and 23, from 6 – 9pm. This course will cover the production basics for strawberries, brambles (raspberry/blackberry), blueberries and grapes for New England conditions. Site and soil[...]
Sustainable Landscape Care & Garden Maintenance @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
February 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – February 3, 2015 @ 9:00 pm
Sustainable Landscape Care & Garden Maintenance @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Classes meet on Tuesdays, 6-9pm: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2015. Learn about the maintenance considerations that should be integrated into the design process.  Students’ horticultural knowledge will expand to factor sustainable maintenance concerns with cost[...]
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[...]
Landscape Design I @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
March 2, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – March 2, 2015 @ 9:00 pm
Classes meet on Mondays, 6-9 pm: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2015. Focus on the “big picture” and learn the principles of design, importance of drainage, and view slides of both successful and troubled landscapes. [...]
Organic Vegetable Gardening @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
March 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – March 3, 2015 @ 9:00 pm
Organic Vegetable Gardening @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Classes meet on Tuesdays, 6-9pm: March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2015. Designed for those starting or caring for a vegetable garden, this course will include discussion of soil and nutrient management, seed selection, crop[...]
The Home Fruit Orchard @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
March 13, 2015 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Classes meet on Fridays, March 13 & 20, from 2-5pm and on Saturday, March 28, from 10am – 3pm. Learn about the art and science of planting and caring for a fruit orchard, including both[...]

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