Garden Intelligence: Lectures, Workshops, Events
February 21 – March 17, Stockbridge
Berkshire Botanical Garden Out of Africa: Discovering African Bulbs Among New England Springtime Favorites, this year’s bulb show will feature nearly 100 flowering bulbs, including regional springtime blooms such as narcissus, tulips and grape hyacinths, as well as a collection of South African bulbs rarely seen in New England.
February 25, Stockbridge
Berkshire Botanical Garden Maple Sugaring At Home: Chris Wellens will cover identifying suitable trees, the when and how of collecting sap, the boiling down process for the home setting, and preserving the syrup for year-round use. A tasting will follow. 1 p.m.
February 26, Germantown
Germantown Library Backyard Homesteading: Preparing Your Spring Gardens with Hudson Valley Kinders & Kritters. From soil basics to choosing the right vegetables for your family, you’ll leave with everything you need to know to plan your garden before the spring. 12 p.m.
February 26, Stockbridge
Berkshire Botanical Garden The Natural History of Bees for Beekeepers and Naturalists Alike: Dr. Heather Mattila of Wellesley College shares information that allows beekeepers and naturalists to better understand the bees they see on flowers, how they live, and what they need in terms of habitat and food sources. 2 p.m.
March 4, Stockbridge
Berkshire Botanical Garden Perennials: The Best of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Author, gardener and plant expert David Culp will share his advice on selecting perennials for Northeast gardens. Afterwards, Culp will sign copies of his book, The Layered Garden. 10 a.m.
March 11, Claverack
Claverack Library Garden and landscape designer Peter Bevacqua will explain how to make your garden look great all year long, even in winter, in his talk “A Garden for ALL Seasons.” 4 p.m.
March 19, Great Barrington
Ward’s Nursery & Garden Center Designing an Easy-Care Garden: Learn how Jenna O’Brien, owner of Viridissima Horticulture & Design, compiles beautiful and naturalistic garden designs here in the Berkshires. 2 p.m.