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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 (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm 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
Sep 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 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[...]
Invasive Plant Identification, Removal and Control Strategies for the Home Gardener @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 12 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
This class will explore common invasive plants that have seized our landscape, with a focus on practical strategies for controlling these rampant beasts. Learn to identify common species, understand their natural history with a focus[...]
Bringing Plants in for the Winter @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Bring hand pruners. At the end of the summer what do you do with all those special patio plants that you have slaved over for the summer months? This class will give gardeners tricks of[...]
Horticultural Techniques Clinic: Perennial Bed Renovation @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
This workshop meets on two Saturdays, September 19 & 26, 9 am – 4 pm (rain dates: September 20 & 27) and is co-enrolled with Horticulture Certificate Program. Bring a bag lunch and dress for gardening. Learn[...]
An Insider’s Walk Through Olana: Foreground, Middleground and the Viewshed @ Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY
10 am- 12:30 pm is the time onsite at Olana. Bring a bag lunch and dress for weather. Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot[...]
Bonsai: Conifer Workshop @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Back by popular demand, join bonsai expert Glen Lord for this hands-on workshop on conifers. Learn about bonsai, the ancient Japanese method of growing, pruning and caring for a miniature tree in a small pot.[...]
Whole Landscape Design @ Offsite in Pawling, NY
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Offsite in Pawling, NY
This field study is co-enrolled with Horticulture Certificate Program.  10am – 1pm is the time onsite in Pawling, NY. Bring a bag lunch and dress for weather. Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately. Those[...]
Ornamental Woody Plants (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 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 Growing Vegetables for Four Seasons @ Offsite in Tyringham, MA
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Offsite in Tyringham, MA
Lecture/offsite field study to Woven Roots Farm, Tyringham, MA (co-enrolled with Horticulture Certificate Program) Learn how to extend the season’s harvest to enjoy your own garden greens throughout the late fall and early spring months.[...]
Irish Gardener Jimi Blake The Contemporary Mixed Border @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Join Irish plantsman extraordinaire Jimi Blake for a tour into his world of plants. This lecture on the contemporary mixed border is a comprehensive look at annuals, herbaceous perennials, shrubs and trees in Hunting Brook,[...]
Soil and Soil Amendments (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 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[...]
The Arnold Arboretum’s Fall Fiery Display and a Special Tour of the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection @ Offsite in Boston, MA
Oct 29 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Offsite in Boston, MA
Offsite field trip (co-enrolled with Horticulture Certificate Program) Bring a bag lunch and dress for the weather. Bus will leave the BBG parking lot promptly at 8 am. Join staff from the BBG for a[...]
Pruning Shrubs and Small Ornamental Trees @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 31 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Wear waterproof outerwear and boots; bring pruners. Autumn is a great time to assess your woody plants for shape and structure. This demonstration/workshop will focus on pruning, including when, why and how to shape, renovate,[...]
Peter Del Tredici: The Radicle Underground @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Nov 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
(Co-enrolled with Horticulture Certificate Program) Join Dr. Peter Del Tredici, of Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum, for an exploration of the important relationship between plants and soil. Developing a clear understanding of what goes on below[...]
Landscape Design Clinic with Walt Cudnohufsky @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden and offsite
Nov 14 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden and offsite
This workshop/traveling field study is co-enrolled with Horticulture Certificate Program. Dress for outdoors, wear waterproof footwear and bring a bag lunch. This fast-paced, information-saturated clinic will introduce design students, homeowners and others to opportunities to problem-[...]
The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Nov 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Based on The Seed Garden, a new book published in conjunction with Seed Savers Exchange, writer and editor Lee Buttala shares his knowledge of garden-scale seed saving. By demystifying the botanical processes at work in[...]
Making More Plants: Propagating Your Own Woody Plants @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Nov 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
(materials fee of $10) Back by popular demand! Join woody-plant specialist Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery for a workshop focused on hardwood and evergreen propagation. This workshop will cover how to collect, prepare and[...]
Plant Health Care (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Nov 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 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[...]
Bark and Buds: Winter Identification of Trees and Shrubs @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
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 your ability to identify[...]
Landscape Design I (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Jan 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
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,[...]
Sustainable Landscape Care & Garden Maintenance (required)  @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
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[...]
The Science of Plant Propagation (required) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Mar 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 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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