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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!

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[...]
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[...]
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 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Classes meet on Fridays, March 13 & 20, from 2-5pm and on Friday, March 27 (date changed from what was previously published because of snow cover), from 10am – 3pm. Learn about the art and science[...]
Garden Practicum (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
September 8, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Garden Practicum (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Initial Fall Meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 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 I (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
September 8, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Herbaceous Plants I (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Classes meet on Tuesdays, September 8, 15, 29 and Thursday, September 24, 2015, all from 6-9pm. Learn about the basic herbaceous plants used in the garden setting including identification, planting, fertilizing, pest control and pruning.  Perennial selection[...]
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 (H,D) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
September 19, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Horticultural Techniques Clinic: Perennial Bed Renovation (H,D) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
This class meets on Saturdays, 9am – 4pm,September 19 and 26, 2015. Rain dates are September 20 and 27. Learn horticultural techniques essential for the professional gardener. This tw0-day, hands-on clinic will focus on professional[...]
Whole Landscape Design (H,D,NP) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
October 2, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Whole Landscape Design (H,D,NP) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
This workshop meets on Friday, October 2, 2015. 10am – 1pm is the time onsite in Pawling, NY. Join head gardener Robin Zitter for an exploration of garden design through the lens of ecology, history and culture.[...]
Ornamental Woody Plants (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
October 6, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ornamental Woody Plants (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Classes meet on Tuesdays, 5-8pm: October 6, 13, 20 and on Saturday, 9am – noon, October 17, 2015.  Focus on the bones of the garden with a survey of ornamental woody plants for residential landscape design.[...]
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,[...]
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[...]
Soil and Soil Amendments (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
October 27, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Soil and Soil Amendments (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Classes meet on Tuesdays, 6-9pm: October 27 – November 17, 2015. This course will explain how plant growth is affected by soils, from drainage to pH and nutrients. Learn how to evaluate soils, improve those[...]
October 29, 2015 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Arnold Arboretum's Fall Fiery Display and a Special Tour of the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection (H,D,NP) @ offsite at Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Bus will leave the BBG parking lot promptly at 8 am. Bring a bag lunch and dress for the weather. Join staff from the BBG for  a day of tree talk at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum,[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Plant Health Care (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
November 24, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Plant Health Care (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Classes meet on Tuesdays, 6-9pm: November 24 – December 15, 2015. Look at factors that affect plant health care including insects, diseases, pathogens and abiotic influences.  Basic diagnostic techniques will be taught.  Learn to minimize potential[...]
The Business of Gardening (H,D,NP) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
December 3, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Business of Gardening (H,D,NP) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Classes meet on Thursdays, 1-5pm: December 3-17, 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 a team[...]
Landscape Design I (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
January 5, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Classes meet on Tuesdays, 6-9pm: January 5 – February 2, 2016. TUESDAYS, JANUARY 5 – FEBRUARY 2, 6 – 9 PM Focus on the “big picture” and learn the principles of design and importance of drainage,[...]
Tree Care for Gardeners (H, D, NP) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
January 15, 2016 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Classes meet on Fridays, 1-4pm: January 15 – February 5, 2016. Whether you are an amateur or professional horticulturalist, you are a steward of the landscape, and probably spend more time than anyone among the flowers,[...]
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[...]
Sustainable Landscape Care & Garden Maintenance (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
February 9, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Classes meet on Tuesdays, 6-9pm: February 9 – March 1, 2016. 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[...]
Organic Vegetable Garden (H, D) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
March 7, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Organic Vegetable Garden (H, D) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Classes meet on Mondays, 6-9pm: March 7 – April 4, 2016. Designed for those starting or caring for a vegetable garden, this course will include discussion of soil and nutrient management, seed selection, crop rotation schemes,[...]
The Science of Plant Propagation (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
March 8, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Science of Plant Propagation (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Classes meet on Tuesdays, 6-9pm: March 8 – 29, 2016. Learn the art and science of plant propagation with a focus on the basic botany needed to understand and successfully propagate plants. Sexual and asexual propagation[...]

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