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On Fragrant Shrubs


Around the Garden


The Farm and Garden Program Volunteering at the Garden Lettuce Outta Here!





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Matt Larkin, Chairman Madeline Hooper, Vice Chairman Janet Laudenslager, Acting Secretary Ellen Greendale, Treasurer

Michael Beck, Executive Director

Jeannene Booher David Carls Mary Copeland Jeanine Coyne Mary Harrison Ian Hooper Tom Ingersoll Wendy Linscott Jo Dare Mitchell Skippy Nixon Linda O’Connell Judie Owens Martha Piper Jack Sprano Cynthia Valles Mark Walker Rob Williams



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Elisabeth Cary, Director of Education Christine Caccamo, Head Gardener Bill Cummings, Seasonal Gardener Brian Cruey, Director of Communications Duke Douillet, Senior Gardener Julia Germaine, Office Manager Cynthia Grippaldi, Membership and Volunteer Manager Fran Hearon, Gift Shop Assistant Dorthe Hviid, Director of Horticulture Donna Kittredge, Gift Shop Manager Will Maston, Buildings and Grounds Manager Jamie Samowitz, Youth Education Coordinator Christopher Wellens, Youth Education Coordinator

Editor Brian Cruey Design Julie Hammill, Hammill Design

Cover photo by Jack Sprano

Director’s Corner

by Michael Beck

For the past five months, I have been extremely lucky to serve as the interim director here at the Berkshire Botanical Garden. I have always loved plants and dreamed of digging in the dirt from an early age. But it wasn’t until I became a part-time Berkshires resident in 2004 that I was able to actually indulge in my horticultural daydreams. I first started going to the BBG not just for horticultural inspiration, but also for much-needed hands-on advice. I was quickly hooked. What a great place to get to know your neighbors, make new gardening friends, connect and give back to the community as a volunteer. When I was asked to join the board of trustees in 2012, I didn’t hesitate for a moment. Now I could learn about the bigger picture: our place in Berkshires history, our collaboration with other area institutions and groups, and our plans for the future. By the time you read this, you may have already heard the news that the trustees have accepted my application to become the new permanent executive director. I feel honored and excited to continue my involvement with this inspiring organization, and look forward to working with all of you to make sure our verdant corner of Stockbridge continues to serve the community. Though the winter was long, it was made bearable by the warmth of our newly renovated Fitzpatrick greenhouse, where we just concluded our first-ever spring Bulb Show to rave reviews and a steady stream of winter-weary visitors. We even moved our weekly

staff meetings there and have been busy planning for this, our 80th season. Our theme for the year is “Wind,” so get ready to be “blown away” by a special exhibit featuring artistic takes on wind-driven sculptures opening May 23rd, four more installments of our popular “Cocktails in Great Gardens” series, our mid-summer garden party extravaganza, the Fête des Fleurs, and many other exciting events and educational opportunities that you can read about in this issue of Cuttings. As always, the best way to support the Garden is through your membership, and we continue to add new ways our members can enjoy all we have to offer. This year, we are starting free, weekly outdoor yoga classes, and make sure you sign up for one of our other exciting, members-only free events, like a May 15 lecture and reception co-sponsored by BBG and the Clark Institute. If you’re not yet a member of the Garden, I encourage you to come and visit us. We would love to show you around on one of our volunteer-run guided tours, which we have expanded to run six days a week starting in mid-June. We will even apply the cost of your admission ticket to a membership if you sign up that same day! I look forward to meeting you the next time you visit us, so please do stop by our offices in the Visitor Center building and say ‘hi’. Your questions, comments and suggestions are always welcome. From all of us at BBG, Happy Spring!

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Fragrance is often a surprise gift, a bonus, something we rarely think of when we’re first gardening and buying plants, since we’re more concerned with visual satisfaction—color, height, texture, pattern, time of bloom. And yet, more and more, it is something I seek in a plant, choosing always the flower or leaf that is scented over one that is not.

Sometime in the first or second week in May, the garden here is heady with so many sweet smells, I walk around in a daze. Flowering crabs and apples, lilacs, viburnums, daphnes, with an underplanting of spring phlox, dame’s rocket, jonquils, and poet’s narcissus mingle and compete in their perfumes, followed by earlyblooming roses and cottage pinks. It is an embarrassment of riches. But, in fact, no time of year in the garden is without transporting scents. Even in the dead of winter, a dried leaf of sweet fern (Comptonia peregrine) or bayberry (Myrica pennsylvanica) can be crushed to release its pungency, and with spring’s approach, the welcome smell of damp earth mingles thrillingly with the fragrant flowers of witch hazel, viburnum, and daphne. The vernal witch hazel, Hamamelis vernalis, is the first to flower, unraveling its threads of orange or gold sometime in February and emitting a fruity fragrance. Many of the hybrid witch hazels are good smelling too and it is fun to cut some




V. x burkwoodii

Clethra alnifolia

branches to bring inside for a slender vase. Daphne mezereum, called the February daphne, opens its tiny waxy magenta flowers that stud its stems sometime in March and throws out an intoxicating perfume into the spring air. The winter honeysuckle, Lonicera fragrantissima, blooms then too and fills the air for weeks with its lemon scent. By the end of March, Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ is in full flower with clusters of pale pink sweetly scented flowers. The viburnum most famous for its luscious fragrance is V. carlesii, and we have one here by the mudroom door, so that we get whiffs of it as we come in and out. V. x burkwoodii is as good smelling but taller growing and more graceful with pink and white pompoms and pretty narrow leaves that turn brilliant shades of red and orange in the fall. In April, the weeping sprays of Abeliophylum distichum open from chocolate buds to tiny white forsythialike flowers and smell sweetly of honey. The star magnolia, M. stellata, more shrubby than tree-like, opens its ribbons of white in April’s warmth too, and adds its fruity fragrance. All these early shrubs can be cut on a mild day at the end of winter to force into bloom indoors and scent our rooms. Lilacs! If it weren’t for roses (at the top of my list of beloved flowers), I could easily say that lilacs were my favorite fragrant shrubs. The oldfashioned common lilac, Syringa

vulgaris, with its twisted trunks and glorious plumes of purple and white, is a native of Europe but has graced the corners of New England and Midwestern farmhouses for more than two centuries, and I, for one, will always have it in my garden. I love its appropriateness, its lavish trusses, and unparalleled fragrance. I will suffer along with its less-than-perfect leaves and lack of fall color. However, there are Asian lilacs that offer not only sweet-smelling blooms but a splendid habit and healthy leaves that stay freshlooking all summer. Some of them color handsomely in the fall. The dwarf Korean lilac, S. meyeri ‘Palibin’ has dark green leaves the size of a thumbnail, grows to a compact five feet, flowers profusely, and turns russet in October. It makes a fine bush for the mixed border or can be trained into a hedge or topiary for it clips beautifully. S. patula ‘Miss Kim’ is slightly larger in growth with a graceful habit, blooming late in the season with icy blue flowers. Its leaves turn bronze in autumn. For fabulous perfume, the best roses to grow are not the newest sorts. Here at Duck Hill, the burnet roses (Rosa pimpinellifolia) start the season, sometime

in late May, with masses of small white (and sometimes pink or yellow) blooms that have that old-world rose scent. These are for the most part low-growing, shrubby roses with tiny fernlike foliage never bothered by disease or bugs. Most of the rugosa roses have marvelous scent, and are also ideal for an organic garden for they never need to be sprayed with anything. Try the species ‘Alba’ or the elegant double ‘Blanc Double de Coubert’ or my favorite pink, ‘Sarah Van Fleet.’ The ancient damask, gallica, and alba roses are famed for their scent, and it is well worth growing a few of them just for the pleasure of burying your nose in their petals or cutting a few for a vase indoors. Try pale pink ‘Celsiana’ or striped Rosa mundi, or red-purple ‘Charles de Mills,’ some of our favorites here. Be sure in August to have some summersweet, Clethra alnifolia, flowering in your garden—either the dwarf pink ‘Ruby Spice’ or our tallgrowing native covered with white scented racemes. It will thrive in shade or sun and is lovely mixed with hydrangeas in a bouquet.

Page Dickey has been designing and writing about gardening for the past two decades. She is also an accomplished garden writer and author of several books. Her most recent titles Duck Hill and Embroidered Garden are about her home and garden of 33 years, Duck Hill. berkshire botanical garden


Around the


by Dorthe B. Hviid, Director of Horticulture Echeveria nodulosa

Pennisetum villosum

The Many Ways of Succulents Succulents are hot. Some of my favorite ones are Echeveria nodulosa (painted echeveria) with lovely burgundy markings, Echeveria ‘Holy Gate’ which forms a beautiful celandine rosette and is one of the fastest growing of the group and Kalanchoe thyrsifolia (paddle plant) with large flat leaves reminiscent of ping-pong paddles. Having gone though a couple of seasons with succulents I’m now working on combining them with various other groups of plants to strive for new and fresh-looking combinations. This summer we’re trying a planting here at the Garden of succulents with flowering annuals mixed in. They are mostly low-growing annuals that like the same dry conditions as succulents and will make good bed fellows with them such as Gazania ‘Kiss Frosty Red’ (treasure flower), which has silvery foliage and bright red daisylike flowers, Portulacca oleaca ‘Pazazz Salmon Glow’ with soft salmon flowers over fleshy, succulent foliage, Bulbine frutescens ‘Hallmark’ with upright yellow-orange flower spikes and grassy foliage and Evolvulus ‘Blue My Mind’ (dwarf morning glory), which has blue bell flowers and more silvery foliage. I’m going to show restraint with these bright flowers, lest they overpower the subtle foliage color of the succulents. I’m also mixing in silvery foliage plants, all of which also like dry conditions like Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’, the non-flowering and very wooly cultivar of lamb’s ear, the carpet-forming Dicondra micrantha ‘Silver Falls’ and finally, Plectranthus argentatus (silver spur flower) for a little height.



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When you visit the Garden this summer, look for these plant combinations in the trial bed along the path leading to the entrance of the Solar Greenhouse. Another plant group that works well with succulents are some of the short grasses. The solid, fleshy foliage of succulents is a great contrast to the fine texture of most grasses. Try mixing succulents with the annual Pennisetum villosum (feather top) and perennial grasses such as Festuca glauca ‘Sea Urchin’ (blue fescue), Pennisetum alopecuroides ’Little Bunny’ (dwarf fountain grass) and Sporobulus heterolepis (Prairie dropseed). This will make for a more monochromatic color palette with subtle nuances as far as color goes and more pronounced variation as far as texture goes. Finally, you could mix succulents with other foliage plants to create a beautiful tapestry that is guaranteed to look good all season, since it does not rely on coaxing flowers into bloom. Think of using foliage plants such as Ipomoea batatas ‘Raven’ (sweet potato vine) for a shimmering black contrast, Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’, with its bright yellow textured foliage and Helichrysum petiolare for twining strands of silver. Annual plantings allow you to experiment and be more daring, since you literally start fresh from the ground up each spring. There is not as much of a long-term commitment as when you are planting perennials or shrubs, so you can have more fun.

Poppies in the Martha Stewart Garden

New Cottage to Adorn the Martha Stewart Garden The old cottage located between the Pond Garden and the deGersdorff Perennial Garden first arrived at the Botanical Garden in the early 1940s. It was likely donated by a neighbor, and named The Tool Shed. I have an old photograph of it on my desk. In its heyday, it sat in the dappled shade of apple trees. It was a lovely thing with French doors, window boxes and clematis climbing on it, surrounded by tools, cold frames and a wheelbarrow. In the 1950s when the Botanical Garden acquired seven acres of land on the south side of Rte. 102 the utilitarian underpinnings of the Garden moved there to preserve the north side as more of a perfect sanctuary. Over the next 50 years the old shed continued to age, while it occasionally got a new roof, a fresh coat of paint or a new name, such as the Meadow Cottage. It was used to store many things from fertilizers to Harvest Festival props. When we received funding from Martha Stewart Living in 2009 to create a cottage garden to surround it, the old cottage was spruced up with paint to the specifications of the designers. This gave it a few more years of glory. This spring we are replacing the old shed with a new

BBG Tip:

Staking Tall Perennials “Insert 1/2" thick branches into the ground in a circle around the edge of the perennial to about half the height of the fully grown plant. Run twine in a zig-zag pattern across the top and the outside edge of the stakes. The plant will grow up through the the twine and the hide the armature as it grows.” ••• Dorthe Hviid, Director of Horticulture

one that was donated to the Garden in 2013 by Webster Landscape, Inc as their entry in the Garden’s show of potting sheds, “Down to Earth”. It has a living roof planted with succulents and grasses, a sliding barn door and cedar post corners. I hope you will come admire it surrounded by flowers this summer.

Master Gardeners Hotline


Let’s face it; Google doesn’t always have the answers. If you have a gardening question that requires a real, live professional, call our Master Gardener’s Hotline! The Master Gardeners are here on Mondays from 9am to 12 so feel free to call or stop in for soil testing, advice and gardening know-how. Any other time, leave a message for a return call. The hotline is open now through October. berkshire botanical garden


After School Special:

THE FARM AND GARDEN PROGRAM Interview by Brian Cruey

Few people realize that each week the Berkshire Botanical Garden takes our youth education programs out of the Garden and into Pittsfield public schools. The Farm and Garden Program is an after-school program for elementary through high school-age students that teaches science concepts through farming and gardening activities. Whether it’s learning chemistry by making goat cheese, microbiology by pickling, or botany by threshing wheat to bake bread, these students meet for three and a half hours every week of the school year to learn about the relationship between the food they eat and the world around them. Behind this program is our very own Jamie Samowitz. Recently I sat down with Jamie to ask her more about this great program.



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BC: How did this program come about? JS: When we saw how successful Farm in the Garden Camp was, we knew that we had to keep that magic happening during the school year as well. Elisabeth Cary, our Director of Education, had a contact who coordinates a network of after-school programs in Pittsfield, so I ended up writing a proposal that linked farming and gardening to state science standards and sending it over to the department for after-school programs in Pittsfield. I piloted the program at Reid Middle School soon after. BC: Where does the funding for this program come from? JS: The main funding source is the 21st Century Program, which is a federally funded program that offers after-school academic enrichment programs in the public school system. In addition to the 21st Century Program, we also receive support from the Dr. Robert C and Tina Sohn Foundation, as well as from Guido’s Marketplace. It truly takes a village to make this program happen! We are always looking for new sponsors and funding so we can expand.

BC: What is the age range of the participants in this program? JS: While the program was first developed for middle school students, I am currently running the program at both a middle and high school, with plans for an elementary school program starting in the fall of 2014. It’s fascinating to see the curriculum being adapted to each age group, and to see that the subject matter is applicable to such a wide range of ages. BC: What do you think is the students’ favorite part about the program? JS: Without a doubt, cooking and eating. BC: I can relate. JS: Yes, but I emphasize recipes that are healthy, plant-based, and using whole food ingredients. Plus the cooking has a pedagogical purpose as well. It’s amazing how many science concepts can be taught through the lens of food, agriculture, and cooking. BC: What is your favorite part about running the program? JS: Definitely the relationships that I develop with my students and the school staff over the course of a school year. The length of the program means that I get to see students grow and change over time: students who are initially hesitant about putting their hands in soil or trying a new food usually just need time to summon up the courage to step outside their comfort zone, and that’s what this form of programming allows for. I see breakthrough moments all the time, which is a great feeling. BC: What has been an outcome that you didn’t expect? JS: I didn’t realize that the healthy cooking and eating we do in the program would have ripple effects beyond the individual students in the program. By teaching students to love whole, plantbased food, their friends and loved ones

have exposure to it too. In tiny ways, these students are changing the food culture of their communities. BC: What are the similarities and the differences of teaching older kids versus younger kids? JS: There are a lot of similarities. When someone holds an angora rabbit in their lap for the first time, it doesn’t matter if they are five, fifteen, or fifty. They all have that same look in their eyes of wonder and joy. That is what I love most about farm and garden-based learning—I get to be less of a teacher and more of a facilitator. My work is to engage students with the world around them, whatever their age is. BC: What do you hope students will take away from this program? JS: I want students to leave this program feeling more engaged with their food, whether that means growing a pot of herbs in a windowsill or merely wondering where the food on their plate comes from. I hope that they understand that their food choices have impacts on the health of the environment, their bodies, and our society and that they feel empowered to make a real change in their own lives and in their local community.

BC: How would you like to see these programs grow over the next few years? JS: My dream is to create a farmbased summer program for adolescents that would complement our school year programming. As amazing as it is to bring farming and gardening into the schools, it would be even more transformative to take students out of the classroom and into a real farm environment. I think the combination of classroom and farm based-learning could have a real impact on students’ lives. BC: Tell us about yourself. How long have you been at the garden? How do you incorporate what you teach into your own life? JS: I’ve been at the garden just short of two years, and have been an experiential educator for about a decade. Before I moved to the Berkshires, I had an array of experiences as an educator—I did violence-prevention work in New York City public schools, spent five years living between the U.S. and Brazil where I worked as an arts educator for social change, and spent a year living in a cabin and teaching environmental field science in Teton National Park, Wyoming. Along the way, the one constant in my life was my passion for experiential education. Now I live on a small homestead in Columbia County, NY, where we raise chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats, honeybees, and a large livestock dog.

A very special thank you to the Dr. Robert C and Tina Sohn Foundation for helping to fund this program and to Guido’s Fresh Marketplace for providing fresh, organic produce for our classes. We couldn’t do this without you!

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at the Garden Always a Growth Opportunity!

Ever wonder how Berkshire Botanical Garden maintains 15 acres of lush plantings and landscaping … a full roster of educational programs for all ages … a summer camp … artful installations … and a year-round calendar of special vents that attract thousands of visitors – all with a full-time staff of just [10] people? The answer, of course, is our amazing volunteers. To give you an idea of their vital contribution, last year [400] volunteers donated [XXXX] hours of their time. That adds up to [XXX] workweeks, or the equivalent of an extra [XX] full-time workers. Volunteers are involved in every area of Garden operations, from Horticulture to Education, from Gift Shop to Special Events. So whether a volunteer likes to dig in the earth, give tours, ring up sales, create garden-fresh condiments with the Herb Associates, or be part of the excitement at our Plant Sale, Harvest Festival, and Holiday Marketplace, there’s always a growth opportunity. 8



Abloom with Potential: the BBG Volunteer Association Last year, a group of dedicated volunteers joined together to create the BBG Volunteer Association (BBG-VA), with the goal of helping the Garden expand and manage its volunteer workforce. “Our members feel this is a very special place,” says Harriet Vines, President of the newly formed association, which held its first general meeting last Autumn. “They find it very rewarding to use their skills doing things they enjoy to help the Garden.” In fact, that is one of the express goals of the Volunteer Association: to help match volunteers’ special interests with the right ‘job’ at the Garden. The BBG-VA will also work towards creating a stronger volunteer community, while helping the Garden staff to make the most of this impressive adjunct workforce.

Quick Clips: A Few Volunteer Profiles

Jack Trowill of Pittsfield has been vol-

unteering at BBG for over 20 years. A former GE engineer, his wide range of practical skills makes him invaluable in projects all over the Garden, from facilities maintenance to crafting trellises to assisting at the Harvest Festival. But perhaps his most notable contribution is Accession Records and Signage. This project entails maintaining about 400 plant labels for the garden and keeping records on 1,000 woody plants. Jack fabricates the signage on engraving and stamping machines. It’s a year-round project, replacing worn-out signage and labeling up to 50 new plants each year. Visitors to the Garden appreciate that detailed plant information, which follows the standards of the Royal Horticultural Society, is right there in the garden beds on sturdy metal signage. What does Jack like best about volunteering at BBG? “The people! I have a good time. We socialize, and sometimes even meet ‘off campus’ for lunch or dinner.”

Lenore Sundberg

of Stockbridge is also a long-term volunteer. She started gradually about 25 years ago, becoming more involved as the demands of work and family lessened. In addition to helping at Special Events, she assists in Horticulture year-round. Summers, you’ll find her in the garden beds with the Tuesday group of Winsome Weeders. Winters, she’s in the greenhouse, helping with propagation work. What’s Lenore’s motivation? “It’s really interesting and I’ve learned so much from the senior gardeners. There’s joy of accomplishment in doing the work and helping the garden shine. You’re visibly making a difference in the organization you love and the place you value.”

Kay Castelle

of Great Barrington has been using her knowledge of non-profits and database management to automate the system for contracting with guest instructors, scheduling classes, posting information online, plus editing and distributing press releases. When she’s not working behind the scenes, she also volunteers at Special Events. Kay’s favorite space in the garden? “I just love the Takton entry garden, especially in August when all the annuals are in full bloom.”

Charlotte Fairweather

has been a BBG volunteer since 2009. A transplant from Australia, she worked in computers but was “longing” to garden, and took some horticultural classes at BBG. After that, she was hooked! At first, she was a Harvest Festival volunteer, and would come by in winter to help with paperwork. This led to her eventually joining the Plant Sale team, potting, prepping and labeling. Preparing for the Plant Sale is a huge job that takes many helping hands. Last year, Charlotte and teammates created 300 new signs. Charlotte makes an important point for potential volunteers: “You don’t have to make a big commitment. Even if you just have limited time, there are plenty of opportunities. The Harvest Festival and Plant Sale are so much fun, and can use extra helpers for a morning or afternoon. It’s a great way to be useful on a small scale.”

Sam Kittredge

volunteered at this past year’s farm camp and Harvest Festival and is already signed up to help again this year. “I enjoy volunteering at the Garden because it allows me to contribute to the community.” Sam says. “It’s an awesome feeling to give back, to teach, and to learn from my experiences. I’ve met a lot of great people too!”

To learn more about becoming a BBG volunteer, please visit our website at: berkshire botanical garden


C O N T R I B U T O R S The following constituents made contributions during the Garden’s 2013 fiscal year, from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. This list reflects our loyal friends who have made contributions, including donations to designated funds, provided grants and sponsorships, matched employee gifts or made unrestricted contributions to the Garden’s Annual Fund to help support operating costs. Membership to the Berkshire Botanical Garden is open enrollment and valid for one year upon received revenue.

Thank you very much to all of the Members, Students, and Friends who keep our Garden a wonderful community!

$6,000 & above Maria & David Carls Dorothea L.Leonhardt Fund at the Communities Foundation of Texas Inc. Mary Harrison Jeanine & Herbert Coyne Jane Fitzpatrick Mary Harrison Ed Herrington Madeline & Ian Hooper Robert & Jo Dare Mitchell $2,500 - $5,999 Jeannene Booher The Frelinghuysen Foundation Skippy & Vaughn Nixon Scott Sawyer Antiques Ingrid & Richard Taylor Cynthia Valles & George Hebard Mark & Tania Walker Robert & Carol Williams $1,000 - $2,499 Anonymous Beau Buffier & Michael Beck Estate of Anna Braman Richard Brown Terry & Bonnie Burman Mary & James Nicoll Cooper The Dobbins Foundation Thomas Gardner & Marian Godfrey Christopher & Ellen Greendale Tom Ingersoll Jonathan Keep Matt Larkin & Elaine Grant Wendy Linscott & Jim Lamme Betsey McKearnan Allen & Gail Meisel Maud (Vickie) Merton Kate & Hans Morris North American Rock Garden Society Linda O’Connell Martha Piper City of Pittsfield Bruno & Mary Ann Quinson Emily Rechnitz Elisabeth Roche Foundation, Inc. Jean & Georgeanne Rousseau Wynn & Elizabeth Sayman Jeffrey Solomon



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Jack & Maureen Sprano Gay Tucker Harriet Wetstone $500 - $999 Anonymous Elisabeth Atkin Stephanie Beling Chase Booth & Gray Davis Elisabeth Cary Paul Collins Nathaniel Day Bill & Sue Dunleavy The Feigenbaum Foundation, Inc The William & Mary Greve Foundation, Inc. Guido’s Fresh Marketplace Carl & Elise Hartman Jane Iredale & Robert Montgomery BJ & Pam Johnson Daniel & Sherryl Kasper Tony & Amey Lewis John Millar Olga Milligan Mitchell Nash Michael Pulitzer Ann Rothenberg Helen Sloane John Stookey Tavitian Foundation Robin Vince $250 - $499 Leopold & Katherine Abraham Anthony Archer-Wills Michael & Sibylle Baier Conrad Bernier George Berry Peter Bevacqua & Stephen King Beatrice Bloch Martin & Marleen Brody Jytte & John Brooks Duncan Brown John Curtis Michael Daly Curtis DeVito Gregory Diskant Harvey Engel Judith Fetterley John Fraser Don Freedman

Adaline Frelinghuysen Rodney Frelinghuysen George Frelinghuysen M.G.H. Gilliam Paul & Maureen Hickey Frank Hunter Susan Lafferty Janet Laudenslager & Max Aflalo Catherine Lebow Ann Levine Jo Anne Huntley Magee Rick Malkin David McNeill Donna Raftery Leslie Sherr Richard & Stephanie Solar Reginald Taylor Gay Weinberger $150 - $249 Barbara Agren James Akers Charles Barnett Michael Belknap Jay Bikofsky Binocular Design Ltd Martin Bloom Karen Blumenthal Fred Callander Catherine Clark Ursula Cliff Edmund Dana Adrian Doherty David Forer Susanne Freeman Barbara Friedman The Garden Conservancy Kusam Geind Thom Gentle Thomas Goldswothy Annette Grant LeVaun Graulty Nicholas Haylett Ron Hinds James Hurley Timothy Husband Joan Kopperl Edwin London Matt Maroney Cynthia McCollum

C O N T R I B U T O R S Ann McDonald Joan Mears Alan Milbauer Don Moon Joyce Moore Susan Morris Judy Moss Elizabeth Murray Philip Newman Marc Nied Will Pelgrin Mary Piazza Michael Polemis Rachel Robbins David Rockwell Stuart Rosen Arthur Schwartz Lorayne Seibert Terrence Shea Robert Silman Randy Thunfors Kip Towl Douglas & Julia Trumbull

Adele Wailand Sally Wilder John Zutter Matching Gift Companies American Express Charitable Fund Community Health Systems GE Foundation Pfizer Foundation In Memory of Judith Murphy Norman Avnet In Memory of Peter Max Raihofer Lorayne Seibert Plant Sale Donors Bay State Perennial Farm Callander’s Nursery & Landscaping, Inc. Clark’s Garden Center Country Caretaker DBA Garden Magic, Inc. Countryside Landscape Holiday Brook Farm Hudson Valley Organics

Litchfield Hills Nursery Litchfield Horticulture Center Maple Lane Nursery Markristo Farm North Creek Nurseries O’Brien Nurserymen, LLC Old Farm Nursery Oliver Nurseries Pioneer Gardens, Inc. Scott’s Landscaping and Nursery Secret Gardener Summer Hill Nursery, Inc. Sunny Border Nurseries Sylvan Nursery, Inc. The Plant Group The Robert Baker Companies Ward’s Nursery, Inc. Whalen Nursery Inc. Windy Hill Farm, Inc. Zema’s Nursery, Inc.

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sUNday 10 am -5 pm

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At the Education Center at the

Berkshire Botanical Garden Show off your green thumb!

Open to the public. Show admission is included with Garden admission (check in at the Gift Shop when you arrive). The Grow Show will feature judged divisions in Horticulture and Photography. Everyone is welcome to participate in the judged shows! For more information visit or contact the Garden to request a program schedule and entry forms. berkshire botanical garden


New! BBG Tip:

YOGA IN THE GARDEN with Kathi Cafiero

Rinsing Loads of Lettuce “Use a laundry basket as an oversized colander and hose lettuce or garden vegetables off outside. This helps to minimize the mess in your kitchen and can make quick work of a big job. NOTE: Remove laundry from the basket before rinsing vegetables.” ••• Brian Cruey, Communications and Marketing

Tuesdays at 5:15 starting June 3rd Experience the Garden like never before with our new Yoga in the Garden classes. Free to members or with paid admission, our outdoor classes are great for all skill levels and a perfect way to end the day.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Farm in the Garden Camp

Meet the instructor: Kathi Cafiero is a Kripalu certified Yoga instructor who has been teaching the physical and mental benefits of yoga for over 22 years. She is devoted to treating others with love; building character; and embracing the divine and oneness of the universe.

One-week sessions for 5-10 year olds.

Children learn the connections that exist with themselves, nature, the food we eat and the friendships that develop in between. Week 1: July 7-July 11 Week 3: July 21-July 25 Week 2: July 14-July 18 Week 4: July 28-August 1 Week 5: August 4-August 8

Call 413-298-3926 to register.



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lettuce OUTTA HERE!

Salad green s jump the f ence from th e vegetable ga rden into th e flowerbed .

by Catherine Delphia

The long, cool springs and autumns of the Berkshires are perfect for growing lettuces for a large part of the growing season. They’re easy to direct sow, can be planted early on, tolerate shade and various soil conditions, and hardly take any maintenance at all. However, there is no need to relegate this leafy staple to the vegetable garden or your cold frames. Using salad greens in your flower garden is a great way to add color, texture, shape, (and flavor!) to your existing gardens, while at the same time creating edible inspiration. Here are some tips to get started: Site selection: Choose a site that has good geometry or an interesting shape. This could be traditional raised beds, a long a sweeping garden border, or flanking a walkway. Containers are also a great option as salad greens can fill spaces reserved for annuals that can’t be put out until after the danger of frost. Design: Once you select a site, you can start thinking about a pattern that best highlights that area. Think about color blocking, concentric shapes, a checkerboard, or simply alternating color rows. Your imagination is the only limit! Plant selection: Scan your seed catalogs for pictures of different lettuces and greens. Look for variety in color, height and texture, as well as flavor. Choose plants that best meet your design inspiration, suit your growing conditions, and have a similar “date to harvest” life spans. Note: Head Lettuce or Leaf Lettuce? There are two different approaches to planting lettuce. Head lettuce is generally started as an individual plant for transplanting in the spring. It is harvested as a fully-grown head. Leaf lettuce is generally direct seeded into rows in spring and harvested when the plants are still young as leaves. Either will work in this application.

Preparing soil and drawing lines: Direct seeding greens works best when the soil is well cultivated, soft and even. Use a stick to “draw” your furrows where the lettuce seeds will go. Furrows should be no more than 1/2" deep and at least 3-4" apart. The amount of seed you use should not be sparse or too crowded. Gently cover the seeds, pat down, and water lightly. You don’t want any water carrying away your carefully placed rows. Maintenance and re-planting: As the plants grow and reach maturity, you can keep your design looking its best by harvesting individual leaves or by cutting the leaves in an interesting way. You could create a dashed line or choose to only harvest one color or texture. Note: If you are collecting your greens by cutting them at the base, be sure to leave enough behind so that the plants can re-grow. You can usually get a second harvest before the plants bolt as the summer sets in.

The best part about designing with salad greens is that, regardless of your harvesting method, you can take your freshly collected salad greens and create your very own, individually crafted mesclun mix to enjoy and share with friends.

Catherine Delphia LOVES vegetables. She loves eating them, cooking with them, and it was her desire to grow them that brought her back to the Berkshires and into the garden. She now owns Dunn and Dunn Potager, a company devoted to the edible kitchen garden, and specializes in creating visually interesting vegetable displays that maximize the productivity of the season. To contact her call 413-441-4473. berkshire botanical garden


Welcome New Members

Below is a list of new members who have joined since March 31, 2014 and prior to the press deadline for this issue of Cuttings. North American Rock Garden Society, Berkshire Chapter, Goshen, CT Nancy Adinolfi, Great Barrington, MA Helen Suzette Aslop,Tyringham, MA Stuart Beck, Brookline, MA Cynthia Bogardus, Valatie, NY Karen Braun, New York, NY Gregg Carroll, Cortlandt Manor, NY Robert and Loyita Woods, Los Angeles, CA Susan Churchill, Boulder, CO Peter Crane, New Haven, CT Tom and Miriam Curnin, Larchmont, NY Pamela Dalton, Ghent, NY Karyn and Marc Davignon, Avon, CT Cindy Delpapa and John Kovich, Becket, MA Daniel Dempsey, Richmond, MA Charlene Dickinson, Cookeville, TN Laura Dolan Teverow, Joplin, MO Christine Doty, West Hartford, CT Laura Dubester, Stockbridge, MA Palma Fleck, Richmond, MA Renee Hale, Averill Park, NY Phyllis Hammer, Newton, MA Peggy Hawkins, New Lebanon, NY Barton Jones, Cornwall Bridge, CT Kristina Lang, Kinderhook, NY Robin Lensi, Goshen, CT Michael Linden, East Otis, MA Crissee MacFayden, Pittsfield, MA Mara McAdams, Brooklyn, NY

Dale McDonald, Falls Village, CT LeaAnne Moran, West Simsbury, CT Dawn Murad, Lebanon Springs, NY Marc Nied, Norfolk, CT Sandy Novotny, Great Barrington, MA Niels Oleson, Williamstown, MA Nancy Parry, Rexford, NY Christine Paul, New Britain, CT Shirley Ripullone and Ken Stahl, Hillsdale, NY Joan Rogers Kelly, Alford, MA Ann Romberger and Martha Ackmann, Leverett, MA Charlene Rosen, Lenox, MA James Schlett, Schenectady, NY Otto Schwarz, Niskayuna, NY Leslie Snyder, Lenox, MA Edward Sourdiffe and Robert Skowyra, Huntington, MA Hannah Sowers, Canaan, NY Judith Stacey, Albany, NY Donna Starito and Jonathan Lewit, Kingston, NY Steven Targum, Boston, MA Joan Taylor, West Stockbridge, MA Sarah Tyler, Stockbridge, MA Malvina Wasserman, New York, NY Harriet Weiss, Lakeville, CT Jeanne Weller and Marcey Bemiss, Canaan, NY Cheryl Whalen, Litchfield, CT Annie Whalen Pittsfield, MA Judith White, Loudonville, NY Heather Whitefield, Poughkeepsie, NY Richard Yurko, Sharon, CT

Garden Membership Benefits include: • Unlimited free admission to the Garden • 10% discount at the Garden’s Gift Shop • Early buying privileges and 10% off all purchases at the Garden’s annual Plant Sale • Free subscription to Cuttings, the Garden’s magazine, complete with our education curriculum • Discounts on classes, lectures and workshops • Free reciprocal admission to more than 250 arboretums, botanical gardens and conservancies throughout the U.S. • Up to 10% off all purchases at dozens of local nurseries, garden centers, and retailers through our business partnership program. • The satisfaction of knowing that without members like you, we wouldn’t be here!




New for 2014 • Free subscription to Better Homes and Gardens • plus receive a $25 dollar gift certificate to White Flower Farms

Give a gift of membership and help spread the bounty of possibilities the Garden offers. Garden Club and Corporate/ Business memberships are also available. Please contact Cynthia Grippaldi at 413-298-3926, ext. 14 for more information, or join online at


C L A S S E S Featured Educational Programs at the Berkshire Botanical Garden 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262 413-298-3926


Drifts of Daffodils

Transplanting Shrubs and Planting Small Ornamental Trees Saturday, April 26, 9 am – noon Members $25; Nonmembers $30 Hands-on workshop All levels Bring work gloves and dress for the weather. Learn by doing in this hands-on shrub and tree planting/transplanting workshop. All aspects of successful planting will be demonstrated, and participants will assist in transplanting a multistem shrub and planting a small tree. Learn how to successfully transplant shrubs by correct timing and placement and techniques designed to create minimal disturbance and ensure smooth transition to a new site. Consider the differences between bare-root, container-grown or balled-and-burlapped trees and understand the importance of siting. Ken Gooch is the Forest Health Program Director for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Additionally, he is a Massachusetts Certified Arborist and teaches arboriculture at the Garden.

Saturday, April 26, 10:30 am – 1 pm (program time in Sheffield, MA) Members $25; Nonmembers $30 Offsite field study All levels Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire Botanical Garden for a 9:45 am departure. Carpool will return at approximately 1:30 pm. Join well known gardener Jeffrey Steele for an in-depth program on naturalizing daffodils at visits to two private gardens. Each garden demonstrates extensive plantings using contrasting methods for naturalizing daffodils. Timed for the height of the bloom, this program will cover the planning, varietal selection, planting and cultivation to enable participants to successfully create daffodil meadows or woodlands. A short history of daffodils will be included in the program. Jeffrey A. Steele is owner of Ashley Falls Nursery, a landscape and garden design and consultation firm with a special interest in historic gardens. He was previously with the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Wilcox Park (a Victorian strolling park restoration in Rhode Island) and was a past director of BBG. The daffodil is his favorite flower, and he has been building a collection for the last 15 years.

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Setting up a Beehive

World of Peonies Saturday, April 26, 2 – 4 pm Members $25; Nonmembers $30 Demonstration New Beekeepers This program is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 26 at 2 pm. This date is subject to weather conditions and bee delivery. Once you sign up for the workshop, we will keep you posted about the actual day the workshop will occur. It will take place on a weekend. A list of suggested safety equipment is listed below although these items are not mandatory.

Join beekeeper Jan Johnson for step-by-step instruction and demonstration on setting up a beehive, beginning indoors with a close-up look at how bees arrive for installation. Safety equipment, how to stay protected, structural components, assembly and siting of the hive will be discussed. Jan will then demonstrate how to introduce bees into a new hive. Participants will be able to observe from a safe distance. Protective gear should include a hat and face veil, long-sleeved shirt and pants (or bee suit) and protective boots. Gloves are helpful. Following the demonstration, Jan will be on hand to answer questions. Jan Johnson is a beekeeper and owner of Berkshire Wildflower Honey, an apiary located in Great Barrington, MA. She practices natural beekeeping and produces and sells raw honey, beeswax skin-care products and beeswax candles. She is certified through Cornell’s Master Beekeeping Program and studied with Nick Calderone, professor of entomology and head of Cornell’s Dyce Laboratory for Honeybee Studies.

Stars of the Garden: Small Flowering Trees Thursday, May 1, 10 am - noon Members $20; Nonmembers $25 Lecture, field study Consider the showgirls of the garden, the small flowering trees. At a perfect time for planting, join Elisabeth Cary for a comprehensive tour of hardy trees under 30 feet tall. Each selection will be discussed for garden-worthiness, growth habit, aesthetic consideration, siting, planting, cultivation and maintenance. Tips on how to integrate these beauties into the mixed border or woodland setting, or to use as a focal point, will be covered. Following the talk, tour the Berkshire Botanical Gardens to view what’s in bloom and discuss the merits of each tree. Elisabeth Cary is the Director of Education at the Berkshire Botanical Garden and has been gardening for over 25 years. She specializes in perennial, vegetable and mixed-border gardens.




Saturday, May 3, 10 am – noon Members $20; Nonmembers $25 Lecture, plant sale All levels Select peonies will be available for sale. Gardeners have always loved peonies but recently have refocused their interest on the genus Paeonia. With new availability of woodland peonies, tree (suffruticosa) peonies and the explosion of intersectional crosses, gardeners are taking a closer look at this much loved genus. Join Dan Furman from Cricket Hill Garden for a lecture that covers basic botany, wild species descriptions and cultivation history in China, Japan and the US. The program will also cover practical aspects for creating a successful peony garden, including growing requirements for New England and discussion of select cultivars for the peony lover. Dan Furman is a second-generation peony grower at Cricket Hill Garden in Thomaston, CT. Since joining the business in 2010, he has worked to expand the peony hybridization and production programs at the nursery. In addition to peonies, he is interested in growing pawpaws, persimmons, Asian pears and other unusual fruits in northwestern Connecticut.

Pine Hollow Arboretum Study Tour Thursday, May 8, 10 am - noon (program time in Slingerlands, NY) Members $25; Nonmembers $30 Offsite study tour All levels Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire Botanical Garden for a 9 am departure. Carpool will return at approximately 1 pm. For woody plant and tree lovers, join staff from the BBG for an exploration of a lesser known horticultural gem, Pine Hollow Arboretum, located in Slingerlands, NY. In 1966, founder John W. Abbuhl, M.D., started planting trees around his home to create an attractive setting. His affinity with the land, his interest in horticulture and his love of trees combined to inspire the creation of an arboretum. The arboretum’s cataloged collection consists of over 3,300 unique trees, shrubs and other woody plants from around the world. This living collection is aesthetically arranged in a natural setting that includes 12 ponds and a succession forest, all easily accessible by a network of walking trails and bridges. Tour the grounds with the founder, Dr. Abbuhl, and learn about the small, flowering tree collections, including magnolias, dogwoods, crabapples and more. View cultivars of unusual genera, too, such as styrax, stewartia and heptacodium. A great way to view specimen plants in a naturalistic setting, just an hour’s drive away.

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Saying It with Flowers Thursday, May 15, 6 pm Free Members-Only Program Lecture All levels From the symbolic flower in Piero della Francesca’s Virgin and Child Enthroned with Four Angels to Moss Roses in a Vase by Édouard Manet and Peonies by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, flowers appear in a remarkable variety of works in the Clark’s collection. Join us at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA, where Michael Cassin, director of the Clark’s Center for Education in the Visual Arts, takes a look at some of the splendid examples of flower paintings that will be on view when the Clark reopens this summer. Space is limited and reservations are required. Visit to register or call 413-298-3926.

Annual Spring Trip

Down and Dirty in Rhode Island Thursday, May 22, 7:30 am – 6:30 pm (coach bus leaves Berkshire Botanical Garden promptly) Members $100; Nonmembers $120 Field study Dress for the weather, bring a bag lunch and wear comfortable, sturdy footwear. Those wishing to order the take-out meal of fish ‘n’ chips will be charged an additional $20. Join the Berkshire Botanical Garden staff for a day-long adventure to the southeast coast of Rhode Island to explore an extraordinary garden, nurseries and more. Sakonnet Garden, in Little Compton, RI, will be the featured visit of the day. This “exceptional American garden” (as quoted by Marco Polo Stufano, former Director of Wave Hill, and John Trexler, former Director of Tower Hill Botanic Garden) is a garden full of inspiration. Sakonnet is a secret garden embedded within a native coastal fields landscape. At the diminutive scale of a cottage garden, it is conceived of as an intimate place to explore, with multiple paths leading one onward to unexpected experiences. Owners John Gywnne and Mikal Folcarelli will lead a tour of their property. First, consider a restored meadow managed for endangered bobolinks. Learn about the ecological theory behind the meadow’s management and hopefully spot one of these wonderful upland meadow birds. Then, explore the small walled garden, designed as a series of small garden rooms. Following the tour, Ed Bowen from Opus Nursery of Little Compton, RI, will be on hand to sell some of his great Zone 5 plants. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn—or wait for the next stop! As we leave the coast, we will stop at the head of the Sakonnet River for a take-out order of fish ‘n’ chips (optional, of course). Enjoy this Rhode Island tradition at well known Evelyn’s Clam Shack (as seen on the Food Channel: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, hosted by Guy Fieri). The coastal scenery, including boats in the harbor, will be a special treat for us upland creatures. On the return trip we will detour into western Connecticut for a tour of the fabled greenhouses of Logee’s. In business since 1892, this series of five connected greenhouses holds an extensive collection of tropical, semi-tropical and tender perennial plants, as well as orchids, begonias, scented geraniums, citrus and so much more. The staff of Logee’s will give an introduction to the group, and participants can roam the greenhouses and purchase special plants to take home. Enjoy the hosting skills of the BBG staff, including a mid-morning snack and afternoon wine and cheese.

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The Especially Fragrant Garden of Page Dickey: Shrub Roses and More… Wednesday, June 4, 10:30 am – 1 pm (program time in North Salem, NY) Members $50; Nonmembers $60 Offsite study tour All levels Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire Botanical Garden for an 8:30 am departure. Carpool will return at approximately 3:30 pm. Join well-known gardener and author Page Dickey for a private study tour of her garden at the height of the shrub rose bloom. Page will share her insights into gardening and will discuss the use of fragrant shrubs, with a focus on her favorite shrub roses. Learn about how she selects, designs and cultivates these fragrant beauties. This tour will inspire even the most casual gardeners to get down on their knees and plant shrubs. Following the tour, Page invites participants to picnic on the lawn. On the return trip we will stop at one of Page’s favorite local nurseries, Claire’s Garden Center in Patterson, NY.

Seeing Flowers Wednesday, June 18, 4 pm Members $20; Nonmembers $25 Lecture, book sale and signing All levels We’ve all seen red roses, blue irises and yellow daffodils. But when we really look closely at a flower, whole new worlds of beauty and intricacy emerge. Join author Teri Dunn Chace for this illustrated talk based on her recent book, Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers. Chace’s lyrical and illuminating essays complement the extraordinarily detailed floral images by photographer Robert Llewellyn. Chace will offer insights on each flower by exploring distinguishing characteristics and share fascinating tidbits, tales and lore as we view images revealing amazing details of stamens and pistils, shadings on a petal or the secret recesses of nectar tubes. Teri Dunn Chace is a writer and editor with more than 30 titles in publication, including How to Eradicate Invasive Plants and The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers. She has also written and edited extensively for Horticulture, North American Gardener, Backyard Living and Birds & Blooms.

Page Dickey is a gardener and garden writer living and gardening at Duck Hill in North Salem, NY. Her books include Embroidered Ground, Gardens in the Spirit of Place, the award-winning Breaking Ground: Portraits of Ten Garden Designers, Duck Hill Journal: A Year in a Country Garden, Dogs in Their Gardens and Cats in Their Gardens. A contributor to numerous magazines over the years, she lectures across the country and is one of the founders of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program. She lives and gardens with her husband in the company of assorted dogs, cats, and chickens.

Amazing Trees Thursday, June 5, 10 am Free Members-Only Program All levels Participants will meet at Berkshire Botanical Garden in the main parking lot. Tour the grounds of Berkshire Botanical Garden, view the exceptional tree collection and learn about these gentle giants and the importance of shade trees in the landscape. Consider the many varieties of shade trees, observe mature specimens and assess the shape, size, and cultural requirements required to grow



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happy trees. This walking tour will cover the importance of selecting the right plant for the right site as well as the tenuous situation between turf and trees. Enjoy the morning by walking, talking and admiring one of nature’s most magnificent gifts. Ken Gooch is the Forest Health Program Director for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Additionally, he is a Massachusetts Certified Arborist and teaches arboriculture at the Garden.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Visit to register or call 413-298-3926.

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Wild Harvest: Sharing Mother Nature’s Bounty Edible and Medicinal Field Study  Saturday, June 21, 10 am - noon Members $30; Nonmembers $35 Lecture, field study, book sale and signing All levels/limited enrollment Join herbalist Dina Falconi and explore the plants of the gardens, meadows and woodland edges of the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Learn to identify these plants using basic sensory skills, and discover how they are used for food, medicine and pleasure. This walk will include practical information on harvest and preparation. Bring a notepad, camera and water bottle. Following the program, Dina will be selling and signing her beautiful book, Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook. Dina Falconi is a clinical herbalist with a strong focus on food activism and nutritional healing. An avid gardener, wildcrafter and permaculturalist, Dina has been teaching classes about the use of herbs for food, medicine and pleasure, including wild food foraging and cooking, for more than 20 years. She produces Falcon Formulations natural body care products and Earthly Extracts medicinal tinctures. She is a founding member of the Northeast Herbal Association, a chapter leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation and an organizer of Slow Food-Hudson Valley. She is the author of Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair: Natural and Healthy Personal Care for Everybody and Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook.

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Needle-Felting Workshop Friday, July 11, 10 am – 3 pm Members $75; Nonmembers $85 All levels Materials fee paid to instructor: $25 Whoooo can resist this soft, fluffy owl? Learn to create your own life-like owl using soft curly locks and needle-felting techniques with Rachel Gerowe of Redbarn Originals. You will begin by making a body base and adding details of the face before developing your own unique owl with a variety of shades of soft, curly locks. Needle felting is an easy-to-learn craft in which you use a barbed needle to shape and sculpt wool fibers into anything imaginable. Come and see what you can create with a needle, some wool and a little imagination! Rachel Gerowe first picked up a felting needle in 2006 after a visit to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival and hasn’t been able to put it down since. She is the owner of Redbarn Originals and has enjoyed teaching needle-felting classes and selling her original kits and creations near her home in western Connecticut since 2009. She has created over 50 original kits and welcomes custom orders. In addition to needle felting, in her free time she enjoys dabbling in pastels and tending to her three sweet Shetland Sheep. Visit her on Facebook at Redbarn Originals to learn more.

The Garden in Watercolors Session I En Plein Air Watercolor Painting in the Summer Garden Session I: Wednesdays, July 9 - 30, 10 am - 1 pm Members $145; Nonmembers $175 Individual classes $45 All levels Materials list at Seeing and painting the garden en plein air is the subject of this class. Students of all levels are welcome in either or both sessions; no experience is necessary. The first session will focus on drawing forms, finding compositions and simple, direct color schemes. Composition will be stressed. Each class will begin with an introduction and demonstration by the instructor and then move into the garden to paint, with the instructor circulating among the students to provide input and answer questions. You can attend the whole series or pick and choose individual classes; however, everyone is encouraged to attend the first meeting, when the basics of watercolor, paint, brushes and paper will be explained.

Ann Kremers is an artist and calligrapher. Her work is currently focused on watercolor and drawing media. She has received commissions for paintings, drawings, illustrated and calligraphed citations and awards, artists’ books and botanical drawings. Ann lives in Bennington, VT, and teaches throughout Berkshire County. Examples of her work can be viewed at

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Twin Maples Country Estate: Designing a Garden to Complement the House Thursday, July 17, 10 am – noon (program time in Salisbury, CT) Members $50; Nonmembers $60 Offsite field study All levels Bring a bag lunch and dress for the weather. Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire Botanical Garden for a 9:15 am departure. Carpool will return at approximately 1:30 pm. Join horticulturist Deb Munson for an in-depth tour behind the gardening scenes at Twin Maples, a beautiful estate garden located in Salisbury, CT. This field study will give participants insights into the design and maintenance of the formal gardens and container plantings surrounding this Georgian home. Deb will share her gardening expertise, tips and techniques for designing a formal garden of any size. Her talk will focus on the long border, herb garden, terrace and green garden. Follow the transition from these formal gardens to the adjoining naturalistic woodland garden, 40-acre meadow and wonderful shrub borders. Enjoy spectacular views of the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, a 40-minute drive from Berkshire Botanical Garden. This is an extraordinary garden and a wonderful place to spend a summer morning. Deb Munson is a horticulturist working in the northwest corner of Connecticut. In addition to designing and maintaining her clients’ amazing gardens, she has created with her husband, Brian, her own mountaintop refuge in Falls Village. She gardens with a strongly environmental and sustainable ethic.

The Beautiful Garden of Bunny Williams Thursday, August 7, 10 am – noon (program time in Falls Village, CT) Members $50; Nonmembers $60 Offsite field study All levels Bring a bag lunch and dress for the weather. Participants can choose to carpool or drive separately. Those joining the carpool should meet in the parking lot at Berkshire Botanical Garden for a 9:15 am departure. Carpool will return at approximately 1:30 pm. Join head gardener Eric Ruquist for a tour of the beautiful country garden of renowned interior designer and author Bunny Williams. Located in the northwest corner of Connecticut, the tour is timed to take advantage of the height of this magnificent garden’s flora display. In addition to an insider look at maintaining one of Connecticut’s most beautiful gardens, Mr. Ruquist will focus on the cutting garden and demonstrate how he brings the garden indoors with beautiful floral arrangements. Eric Ruquist is an artist, gardener and for 13 years the head gardener for Bunny Williams. He was curator of flower garden collection at Stonecrop Gardens, located in Cold Springs, NY, and greenhouse manager for a private estate in Westchester County. Eric thinks of himself as a plantsman and also gardens his own riverside property in Falls Village.



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The Art of Cut Paper - Scherenschnitte Thursday, July 31, 10 am - 3 pm Workshop Members $75, Nonmembers $85 All levels Materials fee $10 paid directly to the instructor Bring a bag lunch. Supply list at Join cut-paper artist Pamela Dalton for a fun, hands-on workshop on the art of Scherenschnitte (cut paper). Learn simple techniques and practice making small, beautiful images in paper. Students will create multiple Scherenschnitte, executed in the style of the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition. The instructor will also share paper cutting from a variety of cultures and historic periods. Artist Pamela Dalton’s Scherenschnitte have delighted collectors worldwide for almost 25 years. Her work is created in the tradition of early American paper cutting popular in the Pennsylvania Dutch regions of this country in the early 19th century. Dalton’s original designs are influenced by popular historical themes: patriotism, biblical and religious motifs and scenes from rural life. Each piece is sketched freehand by the artist and then cut by hand, so no two are exactly alike. Each work is cut from a single piece of paper.

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Dancing Flowers: The Gardens of Jacob’s Pillow Thursday August 14th Meet at the parking lot of Jacobs Pillow at 4:30pm Members $20, Nonmembers $25 Not only is Jacob’s Pillow one of the Berkshire’s most celebrated cultural institutions and famous dance festivals in the world, it is also home to an incredible display of annual and perennial gardens. Join garden designer Valerie Locher for a behind the scenes tour of these much admired gardens. Concentrating on annuals, Valerie will discuss her design concepts and will share tips and techniques for keeping gardens beautiful throughout the summer. The tour begins at 4:30. Following the tour, participants are welcome to attend a free performance at the Pillow’s Inside Out Theater. Valerie Locher owns a local landscape design and gardening business and has been cultivating the grounds of Jacob’s Pillow since the early eighties when she first donated four hanging baskets to the Ted Shawn Theater. Since then she has worked to renovate the Tea Garden, the Meeker Garden and the Inside Out theater, helping the gardens to become a beloved part of the spirit of Jacob’s Pillow. It is her way to contribute to the dance community and help set the stage for all of the great performances that occur there each summer.

The Garden in Watercolors Session II En Plein Air Watercolor Painting in the Summer Garden Session II: Wednesdays, August 6 - 27, 10 am - 1 pm Members $145; Nonmembers $175 Individual classes $45 Workshop All levels See class description on page 17.

Botanical Illustration: Colorful Garden Fruits and Berries with Colored Pencil Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, August 13, 14 & 15, 10 am - 4 pm Members $260; Nonmembers $290 Workshop All levels Bring a bag lunch. Materials list at www. This intensive workshop will focus on colored-pencil techniques for botanical illustration. Learn to capture the vibrant colors of garden fruits and berries. Find out how many multiple overlays of colors it can take to give depth, shine and texture to one berry! Draw from

the abundance of the summer garden and make intriguing compositions of fruit, berries and foliage. Explore creative possibilities, whether traditional or whimsical, and make exciting background textures or borders to enhance your artwork. This is a playful workshop suitable for all student levels. Basic skills will be taught in drawing, colored pencil techniques and composition. Carol Ann Morley is an illustrator and dedicated teacher of botanical illustration working in Dover, NH. She founded the Botanical Art Illustration Certificate Program at the New York Botanical Garden and teaches illustration there and at other botanical gardens. This is Ms. Morley’s only summer workshop in the Berkshires for 2014.

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Monet: Painter, Plantsman Wednesday, August 20, 4 pm Members $20; Nonmembers $25 Lecture All levels Throughout his long life, Monet displayed a passionate regard for the beauty of nature. His principal activity was the creation of paintings that capture the sweep and colorful brilliance of the French landscape. Simultaneously, the artist seized every available opportunity to cultivate his own personal landscapes and sunny domestic gardens that, in turn, lent inspiration to his activity as a painter. His outstanding horticultural achievement, the vast flower garden adorning his house and studio at Giverny, is the perfect spot from which to view this Impressionist’s extraordinary genius. Colta Ives retired from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, with the title Curator Emerita. She organized many exhibitions at the Museum, notably on 19th-century artists, including Bonnard, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh. She lectures at museums throughout America, as well as in Paris, Sydney and Melbourne, and is returning to the Metropolitan Museum soon, as Guest Curator for an exhibition on French Public Parks and Private Gardens in the Age of Impressionism, to be shown in 2016.

Botanical Watercolor Painting with Carol Woodin Thursday & Friday, August 21 & 22, 10 am – 4 pm Members $260; Nonmembers $290 Workshop All levels Bring a bag lunch. Materials list at Gain confidence and comfort in this class devoted to techniques of botanical painting in watercolor. Using flowers as subjects, students will learn to capture the vitality and drama of these flowers. After creating a base watercolor layer for guidance, artists will add a series of drybrush layers, gradually increasing color intensity and form. Through demonstration and individualized attention, the instructor will guide students through mixing believable greens and maintaining color clarity. By the end of the class, each student will have a painting either finished or nearly so. Carol Woodin has been painting botanicals in watercolor for over 20 years. Her focus is orchids, rare plants and heirlooms. Her work is included in collections around the world, including those of the Smithsonian Institution, Shirley Sherwood Collection and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK. Director of Exhibitions for the American Society of Botanical Artists, she has organized exhibitions of botanical art throughout the U.S. 



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Family Fridays Birds of Prey Tom Ricardi, Wildlife Rehabilitator Friday, August 8, 11 am Free for members and children under 12; free for nonmembers with admission to the Garden Lecture, demonstration Join wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi for his ever popular presentation on birds of prey. This program is designed for all ages. 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.

Wonderful Mammals of Fields and Forests Rick Roth of the Creature Teachers Friday, August 15, 11 am Free for members and children under 12; free from nonmembers with admission to the Garden Lecture, demonstration This program is designed for all ages and highlights some of the furry creatures that inhabit the landscape with us. Travelling under cover of dark, many of these amazing mammals seldom show themselves to humans during the day. Instructor Rick Roth will encourage families to get to know these mammals, learn about their natural history, and help develop appreciation and respect for these wild animals that often live in our own backyards. The talk will include live specimens including a fisher cat, grey fox, skunk, flying squirrels and more. Rick Roth, a conservationist and teacher, runs The Creature Teachers, a family owned environmental and animal education company. His goal is to educate the public about the wonders and diversity of the animals that share our planet.

Fall Offering: Save the Date The Fabulous Snakes of Berkshire County Professor Tom Tyning, Reptile Expert Friday, August 22, 11 am Free for members and children under 12; free for nonmembers with admission to the Garden Lecture, demonstration This program is designed for all ages and 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.

Registration Information Advance registration is required for all classes, workshops and field trips. We recommend registering early to ensure a place in the desired class.

New for 2014

Dutch Garden Designer Jacqueline van der Kloet: “Magical Mixes” Saturday, October 25, 10 am - noon Members $30; Nonmember $35 Lecture All Levels Join Jacqueline van der Kloet for a talk on plant combinations in her garden designs. She will focus on how she combines bulbs, perennials, flowering shrubs and trees in a naturalistic garden style. Using a case-study approach, she will suggest perennials and spring flowering bulbs and how to use them in all kinds of situations: private gardens small and large, estates, public parks and exhibitions. The program will include her inspirational lecture, a short break and time devoted to the technical “how to” aspects of her designs. She will answer all of your bulb questions and suggest solutions. Jacqueline van der Kloet is an internationally known garden designer based in Weesp, Holland. She is known for her artistic combinations of bulbs, perennials and flowering shrubs and trees. Her designs for public, private and corporate clients are found throughout Europe. She designed displays, both in 2002 and 2012, for Floriade, the international exhibition of flowers and gardening, held every ten years in the Netherlands. She renovated the bulb plantings at the famous Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, Netherlands, and has worked extensively with “New Wave” garden designer Piet Oudolf to create bulb planting schemes for three of America’s newest and most exciting public spaces: Millennial Park and the Lurie Garden in Chicago, Battery Park in New York City and the Seasonal Walk at the New York Botanical Garden. She has designed planting schemes at private gardens, including the Linden Allee at Martha Stewart’s Bedford, NY, estate.

Get 10% off when you sign up for three or more classes at one time. Call 413-298-3926 for details.

HOW to register: Online: Phone: 413-298-3926 Fax: 413-298-4897 In person: at our office in the Euston Visitor’s Center Monday through Friday, 9am to 4:30pm. Confirmation and cancellation policies can be found online at berkshire botanical garden





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This year’s holiday marketplace took place on December 7th and 8th , with a fantastic party on Friday night to kick it all off. The exhibit hall was filled with incredible local vendors, countless custom wreaths made by our dedicated volunteers and beautiful plant arrangements from our own horticultural staff. It’s always a great way to kick off the holiday season in the Berkshires.

Faces of the Garden

BULB SHOW New to the Garden this year was our first-ever Bulb Show! We packed the newly restored Fitzpatrick Greenhouse full of an amazing variety of daffodil, tulips, crocus and more to welcome the public indoors from the cold and get a taste of what spring had in store.

T rade S ecreTS A two-day event to benefit Women’s Support Services

Saturday - May 17, 2014

Rare Plant and Garden Antiques Sale LionRock Farm, Route 41, Sharon, CT

Sunday - May 18, 2014 Tour Four Splendid Gardens tickets

& information: or (860) 364-1080

Tree & Shrub Healthcare Maintenance Removals Structural Support Fertilizing Pest Control Snowplowing Sanding Services

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This year’s winter lecture featured famed French landscape designer Louis Benech, who brought his unique style and design to a packed house at Monument Mountain High School on February 8th. The book signing and refreshments that followed gave everyone the chance to catch up with Garden friends and talk about the upcoming season.

WINDY HILL FARM NURSERY • ORCHARD • GARDEN SHOP ExtEnsivE sElEction of hardy BErkshirE fiEld-grown and containEr - grown plant matErial , including : Tree fruits • small fruits • nut trees • espaliered apples, pears & Asian pears • flowering trees & shrubs • rare & hardy rhododendron & mountain laurel • shade & specimen trees • vines • interesting dwarf & unusual conifers • choice perennials, annuals & temperennials Fedco seeds • vegetable plants • seed potatoes • asparagus roots well-stocked garden shop landscape design, consultation & installation 686 stockBridgE road, grEat Barrington, ma 01230 www . windyhillfarminc . com (413) 298-3217 fax (413) 298-3167 26


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Planning a garden is half the fun, especially with great events like the Seed-A-Thon. Gardeners from all over brought their 2014 seed catalogues to sit with our horticulture staff on February 13th to hash out what to plant this year and trade seeds from last year’s crops.

What a great way to honor a friend, grandchild or loved one! Each $100 sponsorship helps us build, maintain and plant our unique practice garden that will be enjoyed by farm campers, students and visitors all summer long.

9th anniverSary | may 29 – June 1, 2014 great barrington | PittSfield

Sponsor a vegetable box in our Veggie Garden!

Become a Reel FRiend Join the ReeL FRienDS FiLm Society

special events, screenings and more of what you love about the BiFF throughout the year!

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LANDSCAPING Landscape design and installation: foundation planting, perennial gardens, shade trees, privacy hedges n Water features: ponds, water falls, streams n Masonry: patios, stone walls, stone stairs

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Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director · Tristan Wilson, Managing Director


Kiss Me, Kate



Fine Gardens Native Landscapes Maintain Install Design in partnership with Nature Organic

Biodynamic Practices

Your Home is part of the Earth

Re ya de Castro

860.601.1751 Sheffield, MA

July 17 – August 2 By Hugh Whitemore

world premiere

An Enemy of the People

August 7-24 By Mark St. Germain

photo by Kevin Sprague.

Spirit of Place

June 11 – July 12 Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter Book by Bella and Samuel Spewack

Dancing Lessons

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Breaking the Code

October 2-19

By Arthur Miller An adaptation of the play by Henrik Ibsen

Subscribe and save up to 32% or more!

“If you’ve never headed north to Massachusetts... get wise and start here.” – The Wall Street Journal Mainstage Season Passes start at just $60 for 3 shows. Or join us for the entire 20th Anniversary Season with our Premium Combo Passes, which average just $32-$37 per ticket. Plus, you get all the benefits of being a BSC pass holder, including free exchanges and early access to priority seating.

For more information visit Box Office: 413-236-8888






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Cricket Hill Garden


June 30–July 19 at The Colonial Theatre

Growers of Rare Peonies and Unusual Fruit Trees

The Moody Blues Frontman


Experience over 400 different cultivars of peonies in bloom.


Visit us for our 25th Annual Peony Festival from May 1st- June 22nd

5/13 • 7:30pm at The Colonial Theatre 6/14 • 8pm at The Colonial Theatre


See our website for details.

670 Walnut Hill Rd. Thomaston, CT 860.283.1042

6/24–7/19 at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage

by Charles Ludlam directed by Aaron Mark featuring Bill Bowers and Tom Hewitt


Stephen Sondheim Hugh Wheeler

music and lyrics by book by

orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

suggested by a Film by Ingmar Bergman originally produced and

directed on Broadway by Harold Prince directed by Ethan Heard

music direction by Nathan Dame choreography by

Sam Pinkleton

featuring Kate Baldwin, Gregg Edelman,

Penny Fuller, Maureen O’Flynn, and Graham Rowat

7/9–7/26 at The Unicorn Theatre

by Michael Frayn directed by Eric Hill featuring David Adkins, Corinna May, Barbara Sims, and Walton Wilson

We understand the earth


7/23–8/9 at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage by Erik Tarloff directed by Keira Naughton featuring James Naughton

DESIGN FOR LIVING 7/30–8/16 at The Unicorn Theatre by Nöel Coward directed by Tom Story


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A MASTERPIECE REMASTERED The Clark’s expanded campus creates an unforgettable setting for exceptional art. Explore the new Visitor Center, reconceived Museum Building and Manton Research Center, and a sweeping landscape design that transforms the 140-acre site.

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Garden Center, Greenhouses, Landscaping A Horticultural Resource For All Annuals • Perennials • Trees • Shrubs Unusual Plants • Container Gardens Experienced Knowledgeable Staff

154 Presbyterian Hill Road, Stephentown, NY (518) 733-5868 • Enjoy Quality & A Beautiful Scenic Setting

For over 30 years, the family design/build firm has implemented imaginative and stunning landscapes in the Berkshire/Tri-State area. Our designers combine their ingenuity and expertise to create a beautiful and functional design that is tailored to your style and home environment.

PO Box 369 Sheffield, MA 01257

Phone: (413) 229-2945 Fax: (413) 229-2340

New for 2014!

Use Your BBG Membership to get 10% off!

GUIDED Tours Starting June 18th, the Garden will offer DAILY public tours, Monday through Saturday at 10 am. Tours are free with general admission and run through Labor Day.

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Enjoy thE BEnEfits of your mEmBErship whilE Earning gardEn rEwards

Ask In-store for More InforMAtIon on How to JoIn

Ward’s Where Gardeners Grow

Ward’s Nursery & Garden Center 600 S. Main Street - Gt. Barrington Open Daily 8 am - 6:00 pm 413-528-0166

Be social...

connect with the Garden!


June 18-August 24

Becket, MA | 20 minutes from Stockbridge

Trey McIntyre Project; photo Lois Greenfield


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Thank You, Seed Donors! The following seed companies have generously donated vegetable and annual seed to the Garden this spring. This will enable us to grow a wider and more interesting selection of plants for the enjoyment and education of our visitors. Please help us thank them by giving them your business. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (417) 924-8917

Johnny’s Selected Seeds (877-564-6697

Stokes Seeds, Inc. (800) 263-7233

John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds (860) 567-6086

Select Seeds (800) 684-0395

Twilley Seed Company (800) 622-7333 PINECONEHILL.COM

Whirligigs, Wind Chimes and

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Celebrating Wind in the Garden

Exhibit opens May 23, 2014 Garden opens May 1 BBG Tip:

Avoid MTS “Tired of eating twigs and buds all winter, deer are quick to note the appearance of delicious tulips in the gardens and treat them as an all-you-caneat buffet. Avoid the heartache of MTS (Missing Tulip Syndrome) by spraying tulip buds with deer repellent as soon as they appear in the garden.” • • • Duke Douillet, Senior Gardener



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5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA

SAVE THE DATES! Special Garden Dates and Events for 2014 Roy Boutard Day May 4th Plant Sale May 9th and 10th Windswept Opening Reception May 23rd Cocktails in Great Gardens May 30, June 20th, July 11th and August 15th Fête des Fleurs July 26th

The Grow Show August 9th and 10th Harvest Festival October 11th and 12th Holiday Marketplace December 6th and 7th


in Great Gardens May 30th, June 20th, July 11th, August 15th Hors d’oeuvres, cold refreshments, and the warm summer light of late afternoon are the perfect companions to take in some of our area’s most spectacular private gardens through our popular Cocktails in Great Gardens series. It’s a rare opportunity to roam these private spaces with the gardeners themselves that you will not want to miss. Tickets are limited and reservations are required. Call 413.298.3926 for more information. All proceeds from Cocktails in Great Gardens benefit the Berkshire Botanical Garden.

Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage Paid Qualprint 5 West Stockbridge Road Stockbridge, MA 01262 413-298-3926 • Change Service Requested


TWoFER TUESDAYS Starting May 6th get

two for one

on Garden admission every Tuesday throughout the 2014 season.

37th Annual Plant Sale The premiere spring event of the Berkshires! May 9 & 10 Local Craft and Food Vendors Plants Galore: Annuals, Perennials, Woodies, Vegetables, Herbs and Specialty Items Silent Auction and Tag Sale Find the Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day Members only buying event on Friday from 8-11am Open to the general public Friday 11am – 5pm and Saturday 9am to 5pm

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