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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!

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[...]
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[...]
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
Unfortunately, this trip has been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience. Join mad garden shopper Elisabeth Cary for a trip to the newly opened, fabulous garden/lifestyle store, Terrain, located in Westport, CT. The brain-child of[...]
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[...]
Holiday Marketplace Cocktail Reception @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Dec 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Berkshire Botanical Garden
Join us for this magical evening of food, cocktails, wreaths and entertainment as we invite you for a first look at the Garden’s 2014 Holiday Marketplace.  Get first pick of our wonderful selection of wreaths[...]
Holiday Marketplace @ Berkshire Botanical Garden | West Stockbridge | Massachusetts | United States
Dec 6 – Dec 7 all-day Berkshire Botanical Garden
To purchase tickets for the Holiday Marketplace Cocktail Reception on December the 5th, please click HERE.    
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[...]
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.[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]

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