Berkshire Botanical Garden
This class will cover how to grow locally developed heirloom grapes (1840-1890) in your own backyard to produce eating grapes, juices, jellies, and wines. Grape vines can also be used for landscaping purposes to create arbors, establish fence lines, and attract wildlife. Topics covered include grape variety selection, how to establish a vineyard in your backyard, pruning techniques, and trellising systems. Most of these grapes can be grown in an ecologically sustainable manner and become part of your edible landscape. Locally produced wines from the Hudson-Chatham Winery, made by the speaker from these heirloom grapes, will be sampled during the class. Afterwards, there will be a book sale and signing of J. Stephen Casscle’s book, Grapes of the Hudson Valley and Other Cool Climate Regions.
J. Stephen Casscles has been a grape grower and wine-maker for over 40 years. He is currently a winemaker at the Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent, NY and author of "Grapes of the Hudson Valley and Other Cool Climate Regions of the United States and Canada". He lectures on 19th century horticulture, grape growing, and wine making in the Boston, New York City, and Hudson Valley areas.
Advance registration is highly recommended, but walk-ins are welcome, space permitting.