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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!

Opening Reception for Down to Earth:  Architects Redesign the Potting Shed @ Berkshire Botanical Garden | Stockbridge | Massachusetts | United States
May 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Berkshire Botanical Garden
This year, we’ve invited six architects to the Garden to give us their artistic interpretation of the Potting Shed.  The exhibit will run from May 5th through Columbus day, with an opening reception and cocktail[...]
Opening Reception for Rare Earth: Garden Pots as Sculpture @ Berkshire Botanical Garden | Stockbridge | Massachusetts | United States
May 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Berkshire Botanical Garden
Curated by Joyce Nereaux, who presented exhibitions of birdhouses in 2008 and benches in 2010, Rare Earth:  Garden Pots as Sculpture displays the work of Mark Hewitt in creating a wide variety of magnificent, huge[...]
Contained Exuberance:  Walk About Tour @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 10 @ 11:00 am Berkshire Botanical Garden
Each year we bring together some of the region’s most talented designers and invite them to create individual container gardens that we display in an exhibit we like to call Contained Exuberance.  Tucked away in[...]
Permaculture @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Feb 6 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 6 @ 9:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Classes meet on Thursdays, 6-9pm: February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014. Permaculture is multi-disciplinary approach to designing and maintaining productive, regenerative human ecosystems. In this class, students will gain the framework and information to design, build[...]
Woodworker's Guild Show
Jul 19 @ 10:00 am – Jul 20 @ 5:00 pm
Native Plant Selection and Identification (Herbaceous and Woody)  @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 11 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 11 @ 9:00 pm 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
Sep 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
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
Jan 6 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 6 @ 9:00 pm 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
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Sustainable Landscape Care & Garden Maintenance @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 3 @ 9:00 pm 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
Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 2 @ 9:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
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
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[...]
The Home Fruit Orchard @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Mar 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
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[...]
Plant Sale 2015 @ Berkshire Botanical Gardens
May 8 – May 9 all-day Berkshire Botanical Gardens
What better way to say hello to spring than with our 38th annual Plant Sale!  We’ve hand picked and grown some of our favorite plant selections and new varieties this year – you won’t want to[...]
Water in the Garden Opening Reception @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
May 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Berkshire Botanical Garden
  Join us as we open our 2015 exhibit “Water in the Garden” featuring sculptures, fountains, water plants and more!  This year’s artists include Anthony Archer-Wills, John Piasecki, Mark Mendel, Jenna O’Brien, Bill Cummings, Angus[...]
2015 Grow Show @ The Garden
Aug 8 – Aug 9 all-day The Garden
45th Annual Grow Show Now a Garden Club of America event! You grow it, we show it!  We welcome all age groups, experience levels and different kinds of plants at our blue ribbon event, The[...]
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[...]
Drafting for Garden Design (required level II) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 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
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 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
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm 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
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.[...]
Harvest Festival @ Berkshire Botanical Garden | Stockbridge | Massachusetts | United States
Oct 10 – Oct 11 all-day Berkshire Botanical Garden
Save the Date! This Year’s Harvest Festival will be held October 10th and 11th! About the Festival For generations the Harvest Festival has been a cherished tradition in the Berkshires. It is one of the[...]
Extending the Season's Harvest (H) @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm 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
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 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
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 (H,D,NP) @ offsite at Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Oct 29 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm 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
Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 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[...]

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