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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!

Garden Practicum @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
September 2, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
Garden Practicum  @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Initial Fall Meeting, Tuesday,  Sept. 2, 5 pm The practicum complements classroom work through hands-on training in the garden. Work alongside garden staff practicing gardening techniques, usually beginning with a demonstration and instruction. Activities include[...]
Herbaceous Plants @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
September 2, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – September 2, 2014 @ 9:00 pm
Herbaceous Plants @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Classes meet on Tuesdays, 6-9pm: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014. Learn about the basic herbaceous plants used in the garden setting including identification, planting, fertilizing, pest control and pruning.  Perennial selection will be the focus[...]
Native Plant Selection and Identification (Herbaceous and Woody) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
September 11, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – September 11, 2014 @ 9:00 pm
Native Plant Selection and Identification (Herbaceous and Woody)  @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Classes meet on Thursdays, September 11 & 18 and October 2 & 9, at 6-9pm and on Saturday, September 27, 10am – 1pm. This is a survey plant identification class covering horticultural significant North American native[...]
Invasive Plant Identification, Removal and Control Strategies @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
September 13, 2014 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
This class will explore invasive plants, including their history and introduction intentionally or otherwise into Eastern North America. Learn how these species cause biochemical changes that affect soil microbes, which in turn cause major shifts[...]
Drafting for Garden Design @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
September 15, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – September 15, 2014 @ 9:00 pm
Drafting for Garden Design @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Classes meet Mondays, 6-9pm: September 15, 22, 29 and October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014. This seven-week studio intensive is essential for students who anticipate working in garden planning and design. Learn basic drafting skills necessary[...]
Ornamental Woody Plants @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
September 30, 2014 @ 5:00 pm – September 30, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
Ornamental Woody Plants   @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Classes meet on Tuesdays, 5-8pm: September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 2014. Please note time change. Focus on the bones of the garden with a survey of ornamental woody plants for residential landscape design. This course[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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,[...]
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,[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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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