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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.

“Bachelor’s Button”, “cornflower”, Feverfew, “Rose Petal Jelly”

“Bachelor’s Button” and other plants sure are putting on a flowery show. Plus, the Kitchen Crew prepares a batch of “Rose Petal Jelly.”

What to do about Japanese knotweed? What not to inhale? What should you be pinching? What to do about your rhubarb? What lightning bugs are good for? What about those white moths? What part of “suckering” might you not understand?

Now I am wondering about my ability to grow apples at all in my Massachusetts garden. Here are some facts about fire blight and tips for how to manage it.

Roses, roses, roses! Plus, a useful addition to seasonal bouquets. What's happening in the medicinal bed? Also, stop by the Gift Shop found in the Visitor Center to check out all the offerings made by the Herb Associates.

Potato plant hilling, garlic scape snipping, slug killing, spittlebug chilling — and more. Read Ron Kujawski's latest column.

Images from this Tuesday's gardening and kitchen projects of the Herb Associates.

What beautiful weather to visit the Herb Display Gardens. Many purple-blossomed herbs are blooming, including two of this week’s featured herbs — caraway thyme (Thymus herba-barona) and common sage (Salvia officinalis). Plus, more herbs have been harvested and more products are underway.

Sometimes even the best innovations have unexpected consequences. One of the most important and successful pieces of environmental legislation in the history of the United States, for example, inadvertently transformed the look of American gardens. And not for the better.

Oh, shoots! Oh, potato beetles, cabbage worms, slugs, and powdery mildew. And what are the high stakes of staking your tomatos and perennials? Read Ron's latest tips and tricks for a glorious garden.

Come visit Sweet Cicely and Lovage. And here are ways you can use these lovely herbs.

Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, summer and winter squash, melons, pumpkins, and cucumbers — oh, my! And hail to the Weeder-in-Chief!

Herbs of the week: Bigroot Cranesbill, Lady’s Mantle and Orris Root (from Irises). And in the kitchens, the chive harvest continues!

Herbs of the week: Bigroot Cranesbill, Lady’s Mantle and Orris Root (from Irises). And in the kitchens, the chive harvest continues!

How to make the most of leafy greens. How to avoid punky radishes. How to evenly distribute tiny seeds such as carrots. Set out the transplants and more! 

Todd McGrain in his studio working on pieces included in his exhibition this season at Berkshire Botanical Garden.

How did Todd McGrain come to focus on vanished species in general and these species in particular?

Peter D. Gerakaris' "Microcosms" in the Leonhardt Galleries

From inside his art studio in an old farmhouse he rents in Cornwall, Conn., Peter D.

It's time to give plant and vegetable seedlings a breath of fresh air (but not too much). Also lawn fertilizer tips, peat pot maintenance and planting veggies in the flower garden!

Members of the Herb Associates on Roy Boutard Day, May 5, which featured the club's signature “Mai Bowle,” an herbal punch.

The Herb Associates, the first defined group of volunteers at the Garden, share their first dispatch of the season!

Caterpillar-like critters? Weed worries? Why plant coneflowers, Russian sage, Joe-Pye weed, etc.? What do roses love? What should you be scouting for now in your vegetable crops? What temptation must you resist? (Must, must, must resist?)

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