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Join us this August for a field trip, a painting class
and creature programs for the whole family.
Restoring the Natural Landscape
A Case-Study Approach
Thursday, August 6, 9am - 2pm

Join a landowner, landscape designer and gardener for an in-depth look at a property in Spencertown, NY, where the gardens, restored woodlands, short grass meadow, waterfall and riparian zones form a seamless tapestry of diverse native plant and wildlife communities. Learn how to implement restoration techniques into your own landscape to encourage birds and pollinators to flourish while lowering maintenance, irrigation and fertilizer inputs. The guided walking tour will focus on learning practical strategies for developing a diverse and beautiful home landscape with an informative look at the property's different eco-zones.


Take part in a hands-on native-plug and bare-root planting demonstration using key ecologically important plants that you can bring home. The workshop will take an in-depth look at implementing partnerships with nature and design to enhance domestic landscapes, as well as understanding, managing and diversifying different ecological areas in the landscape. Refreshments will be provided.


Linda B. Horn has been practicing landscape restoration for 25 years both in the midwest on tall grass prairies and in her Spencertown, NY, woodlands and short-grass-meadow landscapes. Accompanying Linda will be Barbara Hughey, who has 40 years of experience as a land stewardship consultant, native plant landscape designer and project manager with help from garden designer Heather Grimes, who has worked closely with Linda on designing and restoring her NY landscape.


Painting with Light: Plein Air Painting

Wednesday & Thursday, August 19 & 2010am - 3pm

at Berkshire Botanical Garden

Click here to enroll


Capture the Berkshire summer landscape by observing the effects of sunlight and shadows. This two-day intensive workshop will include the study of essential landscape techniques including composition, color mixing, perspective and value. Participants will paint outdoors on the grounds of the Berkshire Botanical Garden where many picturesque scenes abound. Daily demonstrations will set the tone and provide technical instruction from which to start your work. This workshop is intended for all skill levels, and participants are invited to work in a painting medium of their choice: oil, acrylic or pastel.


Instruction will apply to all three mediums. If you are a beginning painter, the instructor can provide a set of paints for you to work with; you should plan on bringing brushes, a palette and supports. If you wish to sit while you paint, please bring a lawn chair. Make sure to bring a sun hat, sun screen and water bottle.

David Lane almost always works directly from life, and is concerned with creating work with atmosphere that evokes a mood, depicts a visual impression or captures a fleeting moment in time. David has taught painting workshops for Northern Berkshire Creative Arts, The Clark Art Institute and Williams College Museum of Art. He offers private lessons from his studio in the Eclipse Mill in North Adams.
Family Fridays are back!
Free for BBG members and children under 12. Free with admission for non-members.
Birds of Prey
Friday, August 7, 11am
at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Registration not required


Join wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi for his ever-popular presentation on birds of prey. Tom will share the natural history of these magnificent birds, demonstrate some of their unique behaviors and inspire children of all ages to appreciate, respect and conserve these important members of our wild kingdom.


Tom Ricardi is a licensed rehabilitator and wildlife biologist. He runs Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center in Conway, MA, and is now retired after 40 years of service as a Massachusetts Environmental Conservation police officer.


Creatures of the Rainforest

Rick Roth, the Creature Teacher

Friday, August 14, 11am

at Berkshire Botanical Garden

Registration not required


This program highlights some of the creatures large and small that inhabit the tropical rain forest. Get to know some of the mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles and learn about their natural history. Rick Roth will encourage families to learn about these amazing creatures and how they adapt to living in a rain forest. The talk will include a variety of live specimens including an ivory billed aracari, a scarlet macaw, a kinkajou, red eye tree frogs, boa constrictors, green iguanas, collared peccary, coatimundi to name a few.



The Fabulous Snakes of
Berkshire County

Friday, August 21, 11am

at Berkshire Botanical Garden

Registration not required


This program highlights some of the least known and most fascinating animals of our backyard. The illustrated talk will include methods of identifying snakes, a bit about their biology, interesting tidbits about their behaviors and the methods that snakes use to protect themselves and reproduce. Professor Tom Tyning will encourage families to get to know these shy and retiring animals. A live snake or two will be on hand to greet visitors.


Tom Tyning is Professor of Environmental Science at Berkshire Community College. He specializes in reptiles and amphibians in his research and actively researches local rattlesnake populations.
Sun or rain, which will it be? 
We hope that on August 8, despite the rather wet and watery theme for all of this year's Berkshire Botanical Garden events, the sun will shine for our FETE DES FLEURS! We are planning a wonderful gathering on the BBG grounds, and want to give our guests an opportunity to see first-hand the beautiful floral arrangements and impressive horticulture submissions for our Garden Club of America-sponsored Flower Show taking place that same weekend. (Interested in submitting an entry and a chance at earning a blue ribbon? Take a look at the official brochure for entry instructions!)
At the Fete, we will be honoring our good friends and Garden supporters, the Lenox Garden Club.  Join us under the tent (just in case!) for cocktails, nibbles, music, and a chance to celebrate the middle of summer among all of our Garden friends. 
Tickets are still available online or by calling us at 413.298.3926.  
We hope you can join us!


Contact Information

Address: 5 Massachusetts 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

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