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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!

Growing Inside and Out: Field Study of Smith College Arboretum and Lyman Conservatory @ offsite in Northampton, MA
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm offsite in Northampton, MA
Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire Botanical Garden for a 9am departure. Carpool will return at approximately 3 pm. Program time in[...]
Building a Dry Stone Wall @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 18 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Rain date: Sunday, October 19, 9 am – 3 pm Dress for outdoor work and bring safety glasses, heavy gloves, sturdy, waterproof footwear and a bag lunch. This hands-on program will cover the basics of[...]
Dutch Garden Designer Jacqueline van der Kloet:  “Magical Mixes” @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Join Jacqueline van der Kloet for a talk on plant combinations in her garden designs. She will focus on how she combines bulbs, perennials, flowering shrubs and trees in a naturalistic garden style. Using a[...]
Plant Health Care @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 28 @ 9:00 pm 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[...]
Botanical Illustration: The Beauty of Pen and Ink Rendering @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
All levels (some knowledge of crow quill pen techniques is suggested) This class meets on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, October 29, 30 & 31, 10 am – 4 pm. Bring a bag lunch. Materials list available here.[...]
Landscape Design Clinic with Walt Cudnohufsky @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Nov 1 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
All levels (co-enrolled with Horticulture Certificate Program) (To have your project considered, call 413-298-3926 for details) Dress for outdoors, waterproof footwear and a bag lunch. This fast-paced, information-saturated clinic will introduce design students, homeowners and[...]
Landscape Design Clinic: Introduction to a Coherent Process  @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Nov 1 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm 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[...]
Chain Saw Safety and Operation for Homeowners @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Nov 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Dress for outdoors demonstration. Chain saws are powerful tools that can be intimidating to use. The importance of safe operation of this dangerous machine cannot be stressed enough. Learn the correct way to safely operate,[...]
Growing Food in Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Nov 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Join Peter Hatch, Emeritus Director of Gardens and Grounds at  Monticello, for a journey into growing food in Thomas Jefferson’s 1,000-foot-long vegetable and 7-acre fruit garden. Learn about this revolutionary garden and Jefferson’s profound legacy[...]
Making More Plants: Propagating Your Own Woody Plants @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Nov 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
This class is near capacity – please call 413.298.3926 for more info. All levels, limited to 20 (materials fee of $10) Back by popular demand!  Join woody plant specialist Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery[...]
Designs on the Land – A Historical Perspective  @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 10 @ 9:00 pm 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[...]
Terrain for Garden Shoppers:Terrarium Demonstration and Shopping Experience @ offsite in Westport, CT
Nov 12 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm offsite in Westport, CT
Cost of lunch is not included in fee. Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire Botanical Garden for an 8:30 am departure.[...]
Extending the Season's Harvest: Growing Vegetables for Four Seasons @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Nov 15 @ 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,[...]
Extending the Season’s Harvest: Growing Vegetables for Four Seasons @ offsite in Tyringham, MA
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm offsite in Tyringham, MA
  Lecture/offsite field study to Woven Roots Farm, Tyringham, MA  All levels (co-sponsored with Horticulture Certificate Program)  Learn how to extend the season’s harvest to enjoy your own garden greens throughout the late fall and[...]
Listening to Songs: The Natural History of Birdsong @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Nov 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Do you ever wonder what the catbird is saying? Join Professor Bruce Byers for an introduction to the beauty and complexity of songbird singing. Learn about some of the discoveries that scientists who study birdsong[...]
The Gardener’s Friend: Groundcovers  @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Although a modest group of plants, groundcovers are becoming increasingly more valuable to gardeners for their versatility and the role they play in lowering garden maintenance. Selecting the right groundcover can be tricky. Some are[...]
Soil and Soil Amendments @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Nov 25 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 25 @ 9:00 pm 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,[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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 @ 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[...]

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