Garden Notes: September 8, 2021

Upcoming programs at the Berkshire Botanical Garden

STOCKBRIDGE = Berkshire Botanical Garden presents the following upcoming programs. On Saturday September 18, from 9 am to 2 pm, it is “Field survey of the prairies of the prairies”. This field course will explore the colorful variety of meadow flora that comes into its own in late summer and early fall. In the field, you will observe and identify late season grasses (which include species such as barbon, purple lovebird, Indian grass, and switchgrass) and fall blooming wildflowers such as asters, goldenrods, joe-pye weeks and many more. The cost is $ 55 for members, $ 65 for non-members.

On Saturday September 18, from 11 am to 1 pm, it’s “Winter your plants”. This course will give gardeners tips of the trade to protect their tender perennials, houseplants, woody potted specimens and succulent collections and encourage them to thrive during the winter season. Topics in this class will include growing, fertilizing, watering, and health care. Learn by doing and bring home plant companions. Cost $ 25 for members, $ 35 for non-members. To register for either program, visit The Berkshire Botanical Garden is located at 5 West Stockbridge Road.

Program on the inclusion of native plants in the Foundation’s gardens

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Garden Club will be hosting a program called “Creating Foundation Gardens That Welcome Native Plants,” presented by Kathy Connolly on Friday, September 17 at 11:30 am at Carriage House in Forest Park. The event will be in person and virtual via Zoom.

Kathy Connolly is a landscaper specializing in naturalized designs, low impact techniques and native plants for homeowners, municipalities and organizations. Kathy holds a Masters Degree in Landscaping and Design from Conway School in Northampton. She has completed the Advanced Master Gardener Program and is a Certified Organic Land Care Professional through NOFA.

The meeting will be held in the Carriage House tent at Barney Estate, Forest Park, Sumner Ave., and Zoom. In accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols, they may not serve their usual lunch / tea. Coffee and tea will be served, as well as bottled water. Guests are welcome to bring their own lunch. The presentation is open to the public as well as club members via Zoom. Social time begins at 11:30 am, the club’s business meeting is at noon, and the presentation will begin at 12:30 pm Guest tickets are $ 5 and are available on

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