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The opening reception for “Musings on Nature” on Feb. 9.

Berkshire Botanical Garden's 2024 Art/Garden series opened with “Musings on Nature” from Feb. 9-25, in our Leonhardt Galleries featuring work by the Guild of Berkshire Artists.

The Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Herb Associates began in 1957 when three women who loved and grew herbs — Gertrude Burdsall, Emily Rose, and Amy Bess-Miller — decided to make and sell herbal products to benefit the Garden.

It's crop-starting time! Herbs, too! Also, pay mind to broken branches. Make plans for a butterfly garden. Let's talk repellents, deer and potted miniature roses.

A painting by CATA artist Rory Adams’ “Happy” (2023), acrylic on canvas. 

A collection of paintings, drawings, photographs, and collages inspired by nature, created by artists with disabilities will be on display in our Leonhardt Galleries from March 1-24. 

What can a pinch of sulfur do? What can you do with those plastic milk containers? How can you make drooping heads undroop? Can amaryllis have a second life? What else has as much garlic flavor as garlic cloves? What can WD-40 do for you? Ron Kujawski shares his gardening tips for this week.

Onions growing in dirt/Martin Van Den Heuvel/Unsplash

Nature, even in our back yard plots, is so ingeniously constructed. The more we know, the greater the beauty of our gardens. Read Thomas Christopher's latest. 

Herbs in pots — right now? Think about it. Ron Kujawski also turns our thoughts to zinnias, garden tools, flowering woody plants, mist sprayers, and fungus gnats. Read his latest column.

A seed packet display shows the many choices that herb lovers have.

Enough with winter’s gray days and cold temperatures — let’s bring on some visions of sunshine and growing gardens! While many of us enjoy perusing the garden catalogs that fill our mailboxes with inspiration for perennials, vegetables, shrubs or trees, we may have overlooked information about herbs.

Have you ever showered with your houseplants? Do you have a flowering plant cure for the winter blues? As you plan this year's garden, are you thinking fruitful thoughts? Have you considered cuttings for your window boxes? Are you making the most of your dry storage possibilities?

Persimmon Tree/Photos of Korea/Unsplash

Most of the mail-order nurseries Google has directed me to have proven to be already sold out for the planting season of 2024. Sometimes there’s no substitute for the personal touch.

Ron Kujawski at his home garden in West Stockbridge, Mass.

Are you new to indoor seed starting? Well, let's talk about seed, growing media, containers, heat, coverings... and light! Ron Kujawskinshares his tips and tricks.

Crocuses growing in Spring

Looking at the growth patterns of plants for clues on how to navigate our changing climate.

Ron Kujawski at his home garden in West Stockbridge, Mass.

Though I like to think of snow as good, old-fashioned New England winter mulch, here are some relevant tasks for gardeners following a snowfall.

A young couple enjoy a winter walk. vidence has mounted that being active in nature can improve our overall health — psychologically, physiologically and attitudinally. 

We really need to get out. As the cold months come, we turn to words of wisdom shared last spring at Berkshire Botanical Garden's annual meeting.

Ron Kujawski at his home garden in West Stockbridge, Mass.

Are your houseplants getting proper attention? Wondering what to do with woodstove ash? Have you taken inventory of seed starting supplies? Got any pruning to do? Read Ron Kujawski's latest column. 

Ron Kujawski at his home garden in West Stockbridge, Mass.

Are you in a rut? Are you up for some scheming? Need something to do during above-freezing days? Got any spare bars of scented soap, bags of hair or strips of scented dryer sheets? Read Ron Kujawski's latest.

Actually, Ron Kujawski won't be telling you what you should be doing this week. But here's what he'll be doing ...

The new USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map for the United States.

Do the changes made by the USDA go far enough? Do they accurately reflect the accelerating speed with which the climate is changing in most regions of the country? Thomas Christopher weighs in.

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