Garden Intelligence: Lectures, Workshops, Events
Now – April 28, Sheffield
Bartholomew’s Cobble Wildflower Festival: The Trustees of Reservations will lead tours of one of the most best places to see spring wildflowers. The unique geology of the site creates an ideal environment for an abundance of wildflowers. Tours are given three times a day, at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Read our story about last year’s Wildflower Festival.
April 21 – 23, Goshen
Goshen Fairgrounds Northwest Conservation District Earth Day Plant Sale: The District’s major annual fundraiser will include thousands of native shrubs and perennials, bare root and evergreen tree plugs, edibles from strawberries and asparagus to fruit trees, flowering and ornamental trees, groundcovers and ornamental grasses. The selection of plants is geared towards native species to provide habitat for wildlife and food sources for pollinators, butterflies and birds. Pre-order plants by April 11 for the best selection.
May 6, Salisbury
Twin Maples Digging Deeper: Exploring Twin Maples in Spring – The Evolution of a Garden, a tour with award-winning gardener Douglas Dockery Thomas and long-time Trade Secrets organizer/horticulturist Deborah Munson. 10:30 a.m.
May 6, Copake Falls
The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program Tour the private garden of Margaret Roach. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Specialty growers Broken Arrow Nursery will be on site selling plants. Author and North American Rock Garden Society magazine editor Joseph Tychonievich will give the lecture “Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style” at 11 a.m. and lead the workshop “Plants, Pollinators, and How to Support Them” at 1:30 p.m. Purchase tickets here.
May 7, Stockbridge
Berkshire Botanical Garden Roy Boutard Day: Celebrate the opening of the Garden’s 83rd season with free admission all day and scheduled activities from 1–3 p.m., including garden tours and a traditional Mai Bowle (a traditional springtime wine beverage) reception.
May 12, Stockbridge
Berkshire Botanical Garden Celebrate National Public Garden Day with day-long discounts on gift items including note cards, books, hats, garden tools, flower and vegetable seeds, t-shirts, jewelry and more, in the Garden’s Visitor Center.
May 13 & 14, Sharon
Trade Secrets This two-day garden fundraiser for Women’s Support Services of the Northwest Corner of Connecticut will include a rare plant and garden antiques sale at Lion Rock Farm on Saturday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Self-guided tours of four beautiful private gardens, located in Cornwall and Falls Village, Conn. and nearby Ashley Falls, Mass. will be available on Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See website for details and pricing info.
May 14, Dutchess County
The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program Tour The Chocolate Factory in Red Hook and Broccoli Hall in Amenia. 10 a.m.
May 14, Sharon
The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program Tour Cobble Pond Farm. 1–4 p.m.
May 19 & 20, Stockbridge
Berkshire Botanical Garden Plants & Answers Plant Sale. Thousands of hand-picked and grown plant selections and new varieties, plus a garden items tag sale and a silent auction of specialty plants, wall gardens, and green services. See website for list of plants and sale times.