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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!

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[...]
Rendering @ Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Nov 5 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 5 @ 9:00 pm Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
  Classes meet Wednesdays, 6-9pm, November 5 – December 17 (no class November 26). Rendering is a drawing skill necessary for communicating garden designs to clients. This course is the next step for gardening designers[...]
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
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 @ 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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]

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