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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!

Building a Dry Stone Wall @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
October 18, 2014 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Building a Dry Stone Wall @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Rain date: Sunday, October 19, 9 am – 3 pm Dress for outdoor work and bring safety glasses, heavy gloves, sturdy, waterproof footwear and a bag lunch. This hands-on program will cover the basics of[...]
Dutch Garden Designer Jacqueline van der Kloet: “Magical Mixes” @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
October 25, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dutch Garden Designer Jacqueline van der Kloet:  “Magical Mixes” @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Join Jacqueline van der Kloet for a talk on plant combinations in her garden designs. She will focus on how she combines bulbs, perennials, flowering shrubs and trees in a naturalistic garden style. Using a[...]
Plant Health Care @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
October 28, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – October 28, 2014 @ 9:00 pm
Plant Health Care @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Classes meet on Tuesdays, 6-9pm: October 28, November 4, 11, 18, 2014. Look at factors that affect plant health care including insects, diseases, pathogens and abiotic influences.  Basic diagnostic techniques will be taught.  Learn to[...]
Botanical Illustration: The Beauty of Pen and Ink Rendering @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
October 29, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Botanical Illustration: The Beauty of Pen and Ink Rendering @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
All levels (some knowledge of crow quill pen techniques is suggested) This class meets on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, October 29, 30 & 31, 10 am – 4 pm. Bring a bag lunch. Materials list available here.[...]
Landscape Design Clinic with Walt Cudnohufsky @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
November 1, 2014 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Landscape Design Clinic with Walt Cudnohufsky @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
All levels (co-enrolled with Horticulture Certificate Program) (To have your project considered, call 413-298-3926 for details) Dress for outdoors, waterproof footwear and a bag lunch. This fast-paced, information-saturated clinic will introduce design students, homeowners and[...]
Landscape Design Clinic: Introduction to a Coherent Process @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
November 1, 2014 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Landscape Design Clinic: Introduction to a Coherent Process  @ 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[...]
Chain Saw Safety and Operation for Homeowners @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
November 1, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Chain Saw Safety and Operation for Homeowners @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Dress for outdoors demonstration. Chain saws are powerful tools that can be intimidating to use. The importance of safe operation of this dangerous machine cannot be stressed enough. Learn the correct way to safely operate,[...]
Growing Food in Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
November 2, 2014 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Growing Food in Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Join Peter Hatch, Emeritus Director of Gardens and Grounds at  Monticello, for a journey into growing food in Thomas Jefferson’s 1,000-foot-long vegetable and 7-acre fruit garden. Learn about this revolutionary garden and Jefferson’s profound legacy[...]
Rendering @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
November 5, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – November 5, 2014 @ 9:00 pm
Rendering @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
  Classes meet Wednesdays, 6-9pm, November 5 – December 17 (no class November 26). Rendering is a drawing skill necessary for communicating garden designs to clients. This course is the next step for gardening designers[...]
Making More Plants: Propagating Your Own Woody Plants @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
November 8, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Making More Plants: Propagating Your Own Woody Plants @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
This class is near capacity – please call 413.298.3926 for more info. All levels, limited to 20 (materials fee of $10) Back by popular demand!  Join woody plant specialist Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery[...]
Designs on the Land – A Historical Perspective @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
November 10, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – November 10, 2014 @ 9:00 pm
Designs on the Land – A Historical Perspective  @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Classes meet on Mondays, 6-9 pm: November 10, 17, 24 and December 1, 2014. This design course covers the history of landscape design from its earliest origins to modern times.  Explore the early gardens of[...]
November 12, 2014 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Terrain for Garden Shoppers:Terrarium Demonstration and Shopping Experience @ offsite in Westport, CT
Unfortunately, this trip has been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience. Join mad garden shopper Elisabeth Cary for a trip to the newly opened, fabulous garden/lifestyle store, Terrain, located in Westport, CT. The brain-child of[...]
Extending the Season’s Harvest: Growing Vegetables for Four Seasons @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
November 15, 2014 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Extending the Season's Harvest: Growing Vegetables for Four Seasons @ 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,[...]
November 15, 2014 @ 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  All levels (co-sponsored with Horticulture Certificate Program)  Learn how to extend the season’s harvest to enjoy your own garden greens throughout the late fall and[...]
Listening to Songs: The Natural History of Birdsong @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
November 16, 2014 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Do you ever wonder what the catbird is saying? Join Professor Bruce Byers for an introduction to the beauty and complexity of songbird singing. Learn about some of the discoveries that scientists who study birdsong[...]
The Gardener’s Friend: Groundcovers @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
November 19, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Gardener’s Friend: Groundcovers  @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Although a modest group of plants, groundcovers are becoming increasingly more valuable to gardeners for their versatility and the role they play in lowering garden maintenance. Selecting the right groundcover can be tricky. Some are[...]
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
Passion for Plants—Study Group: Woods on Fire: Ornamental Shrubs and Trees for a Fiery Fall Display @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
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 Plants in a Greenhouse or Plant Conservatory @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
January 15, 2015 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Caring for Plants in 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
Passion for Plants—Study Group: A Floral Display: Growing a Cutting Garden @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
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
Passion for Plants—Study Group: Walk on the Wild Side: Big, Bold Perennials @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
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[...]

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