Upcoming programs at Berkshire Botanical Garden
STOCKBRIDGE – Berkshire Botanical Garden presents the following upcoming programs. Tuesdays, Oct. 4 to 25, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. “Understanding Woody Plants: Level I Certificate in Horticulture Class. Taught by Jenna O’Brien, this four-session course will focus on the bones of the garden with a survey of ornamental woody plants for residential landscape design. It will cover ornamental shrubs, small flowering trees, shade trees, and broadleaf and needle evergreens. Students will become familiar with the many garden-worthy woody plants that thrive in Zone 5. The course covers plant identification, selection, siting, cultivation, and possible design uses. Students should dress for outdoor field study. All students participating in this class as part of the Horticulture Certificate Program are required to complete a final project. Cost is $185 members, $215 nonmembers. Please note that financial aid is available for all BBG classes. Visit the website at www.berkshirebotanical.org and please read the instructions carefully. Or contact Director of Education Bridgette Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org; Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7 to 8 p.m. “Leave the Leaves,” online discussion. As the growing season comes to an end in New England, gardeners and homeowners race to clean up fallen leaves and dying-back plants from their gardens and lawns. But all those things that humans have been taught to see as debris are, in fact, an important part of nature’s cycle of life. Fallen leaves and retreating plants provide critical safe harbor, nesting places and even nutrients for our native pollinators, insects, birds and other wildlife. This talk will focus on those butterflies, moths, and bees who quietly overwinter in our gardens and what we need to do to support them – while keeping our gardens & properties aesthetically pleasing. Then finish by talking about things that can still be planted in early October to support next spring’s early emerging pollinators. Cost is $10 members, $12 nonmembers. For more information, or to register, visit www.berkshirebotanical.org. Botanical Garden is located at 5 West Stockbridge Road.
Wilbraham Garden Club meeting
WILBRAHAM – The opening meeting of the Wilbraham Garden Club for the 2022-2023 year will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 at St. Cecelia Parish Center on Main St. Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries will be served. The speaker for the morning will be Alex Nolte of Keukenhof Gardens. Alex will present a program on Europe’s largest flower garden.
Fall plant sale
EASTHAMPTON – The Pascommuck Conservation Trust’s “Fall Plant Sale” will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City Hall Complex at 50 Payson Ave. The PCT welcomes donations of plants. All profits go to the PCT.
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