Stockbridge, MA. . .Classes, lectures, and workshops all geared towards the home gardener are currently open for registration at Berkshire Botanical Garden.
A three-session lecture, The Home Vegetable Garden, provides an opportunity to fine-tune garden plans in an informative and practical program on how to grow food. This introduction to vegetable gardening will include site selection, soil and nutrient management, seed selection, design, crop rotation schemes, seeding and planting, pest management, and specific plant cultivation. Taught by former Extension Vegetable Specialist for the University of Massachusetts John Howell, the lecture meets February 26, March 5, and March 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost for the series is $108 Members / $135 Nonmembers.
The Wild Side of Gardening, an illustrated lecture/demonstration focusing on growing summer bulbs, is scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Horticulturist Matt Mattus will share his designs, ideas, and inspirations for adding lesser-used summer bulbs to gardens and container plantings. Participants will receive a plant resource list and growing tips to successfully recreate summer bulb gardens at home. Cost: $20 Members / $25 Nonmembers.
Housescaping with Succulents, Orchids, and More is scheduled for Saturday, March 12, 10:00 a.m. to noon. This hands-on demonstration/workshop explores plants from around the world, including agaves, orchids, and other exotics, which can be grown as low maintenance patio plants that double as houseplants during the winter months. Under the direction of garden designer Rob Gennari, students will practice dividing and repotting a variety of specimen plants and take home divisions to incorporate into their collections. Cost: Members $37 / Nonmembers $42.
Growing Under Glass, a lecture/discussion focusing on the practical home greenhouse, will be held Saturday, March 12, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Designed for all levels of growers, topics covered will include assessing and evaluating different greenhouse designs, framing, glazing, ventilation, heating, cooling, and accessory equipment necessary for a successful operation. The program will conclude with a walking tour, led by instructor John Bartock, of the various greenhouses on the grounds of Berkshire Botanical Garden, including an historic Lord & Burnham glass house, a Lexan production greenhouse, a solar pit greenhouse, a poly hoop house, and cold frames. Cost is $20 Members / $25 Nonmembers.
Beginning gardeners and nascent market gardeners can learn how to create a small, highly productive cutting garden Saturday, March 19, 10:00 a.m. – noon at a discussion/workshop, Growing a Cutting Garden. Taught by Anne Hunter, owner of Lastings, a specialty fresh and dried flower farm, the program will include selecting varieties, sowing times and techniques, planting and transplanting, cultivating and preparing for market. Participants will sow seeds and transplant flower seedlings to take home. Fee for the workshop is $25 Members / $30 Nonmembers.
A Plant Press Workshop taught by Berkshire Botanical staff, is scheduled for Saturday, March 26, 10:00 a.m. – noon. This hands-on workshop involves constructing a professional-sized herbarium plant press for preserving flowers, fruits, ferns, and leaves from gardens, fields and forests. The cost is $45 Members / $54 Nonmembers. Following the workshop, participants are invited to join University of Massachusetts herbarium Director Karen Searcy, for a discussion and demonstration, The Art and Science of Pressing Plants. Students will then practice preserving plant material with their newly constructed plant press. Students only interested in the discussion/demonstration by Ms. Searcy can join the program from noon – 1:30 p.m.
The cost is: $22 Members / $27 Nonmembers.
All classes, lectures, and workshops are held at Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Education Center, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA. To register, call the Garden at (413) 298-3926, or visit the web site: www.berkshirebotanical.org Berkshire Botanical Garden offers year-round programs to children and adults wishing to expand their knowledge of gardening and the environment.