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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!

Bark and Buds: Winter Identification of Trees and Shrubs @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Dec 13 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 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[...]
Passion for Plants—Study Group: Woods on Fire: Ornamental Shrubs and Trees for a Fiery Fall Display @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Jan 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 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
Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 14 @ 9:00 pm 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
Jan 15 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm 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
Jan 15 @ 4:00 pm – Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
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
Jan 16 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
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[...]
Passion for Plants—Study Group: A Floral Display: Growing a Cutting Garden @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 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[...]
21st Century Herbal: A Conversation wtih Ethnobotanist Michael Balick, Ph.D., and Aviva Romm, MD @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Jan 24 @ 2:00 pm 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[...]
Passion for Plants—Study Group: Walk on the Wild Side: Big, Bold Perennials @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 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
Jan 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 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
Feb 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 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
Feb 2 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 2 @ 9:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
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[...]
Growing Great Ornamental Grasses for Every Garden @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 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
Feb 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm 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[...]
All About Iris for New England Gardens...and a Few Great Companions Along the Way @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Feb 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm 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[...]
Growing Vegetables at Home @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
This 5-session course meets on Monday evenings, 6-9pm, from March 2-30. It is co-enrolled with the Horticulture Certificate Program. Learn how to grow vegetables all season long in our regional gardens. Designed for homeowners starting a[...]
Organic Vegetable Gardening @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 3 @ 9:00 pm 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[...]
Ready, Set, Grow! An Expert’s Guide to Growing Vegetable and Annual Starts @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Learn vegetable and flower seed-starting and plant-growing techniques that result in vigorous plants from grower Maureen Sullivan. This workshop will focus on indoor sowing and growing-on practices, including preparation of an effective seed-sowing schedule, techniques[...]
The Orchard at Home @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Mar 13 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
This three-session course meets on two Fridays, March 13 and 20, and on Saturday, March 28, 10am – 3pm. It is co-enrolled with the Horticulture Certificate Program. Learn how to grow a successful home fruit orchard, including[...]
The Home Fruit Orchard @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Mar 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
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[...]
Bonsai Workshop @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Those signing up for this class and Glen’s January 31st lecture will receive a 10% discount on both. Learn about bonsai, the ancient Japanese method of growing, pruning and caring for a miniature tree in a[...]
Sketching Nature @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
This is a three-session workshop, meeting on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 25, 26 and 27, 10am – 4pm. Bring a bag lunch. Materials list available here. Have you ever wanted to sketch a favorite[...]
Pruning for Fruit Production: Pome and Stone Fruit Trees @ offsite
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm offsite
Snow date: Sunday, March 29. Participants should dress warmly and bring pruners and a bag lunch. Directions available here. This demonstration/workshop will focus on the specifics of pruning stone and pome fruit trees and some[...]
Rejuvenating Shrubs— Lilacs, Weigela, Forsythia and More... @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Is that old lilac refusing to flower? Spring is a great time to assess your woody shrubs for shape and structure. This hands-on workshop will focus on when, why and how to renovate or rejuvenate[...]
Naming Flora: An Etymological Romp through the Berkshire Botanical Garden @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Apr 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sure, Carl Linnaeus had a technical name for each of the flora, but where did we get all our common words for them, from aster to zinnia? This interactive and entertaining lecture will enlighten you[...]
Transplanting Shrubs and Planting Small Ornamental Trees @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Apr 25 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Bring work gloves and dress for the weather. Learn by doing in this hands-on shrub and tree planting/transplanting workshop. All aspects of successful planting will be demonstrated, and participants will assist in transplanting a multi-stem[...]
Magnolias and More...Flowering Trees and Shrubs at Broken Arrow Nursery @ Offsite
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Offsite
Join woody-plant guru Adam Wheeler for a tour of the display gardens at Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden, CT. This field study will focus on magnolias, but will also include other choice woody plants, including[...]
Spring Wildflowers and Ferns at their Spring Best: Field Study to Bartholemew’s Cobble @ Offsite: Sheffield, MA
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Offsite: Sheffield, MA
Join ecologist and plant geek Drew Monthie for a plant walk and talk at Bartholomew’s Cobble, a Trustees of Reservations property in Sheffield, MA. Long noted for its exceptional collection of rare plants, this unique[...]
Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life Exhibition at New York Botanical Garden @ Offsite: Bronx, NY
May 21 @ 8:00 am – 6:30 pm Offsite: Bronx, NY
Coach bus leaves Berkshire Botanical Garden promptly at 8am. Bring a bag lunch and dress for the weather: comfortable, sturdy footwear and warm, waterproof outerwear, umbrella. Join staff from the Berkshire Botanical Garden for a[...]
The Curated Garden: Garden Obsessions in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut @ Offsite: northwest CT
Jun 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm Offsite: northwest CT
10 am – 2:30 pm is the time onsite in the northwest corner of CT. Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire[...]

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