Area Events


Alphabetical List of Organizations
 ASLA– American Society of Landscape Gardeners –

 BBG – Berkshire Botanical Garden –

Capital District Garden & Flower

 Cary Institute – Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies –

CACIWC – Connecticut Association of Conservation & Inland Wetlands Commissions –

 CIPWG – Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group:

 Cornell Cooperative Extension – for information contact 518-272-4210

 CT NOFA – Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut – – 203-308-2584

 GBC – Greenwich Botanical Center – – 203-869-9242

Hollister House Garden, 300 Nettleton Hollow Rd., Washington, Ct 06793 – 860-868-2200 –

Mad Gardeners –

 NCNC – New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840 – 203-966-9577 –

 NEWFS – New England Wild Flower Society, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA 01701 –

NYBG – New York Botanical Garden –
    – New Canaan Nature Center Classes
    – Classes at NYBG
    – Certificate Programs & Summer Intensives
    – Lectures & Symposia

Trade Secrets Rare Plant & Garden Antiques annual event to benefit Women’s Support Services –

UConn Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program:

 UConn College of Agriculture, Health & Natural Resources –

UMass – University of Massachusetts Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program – French Hall, 230 Stockbridge Rd., Amherst, MA 01003 – 413 – 545-0895 –
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   – Landscape Message


Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees
DATE: Tues, MAY 21 from 10:30am – 11:30am
WHERE: NYBG – Ross Lecture Hall
COST: $29
William Bryant Logan is an arborist on the faculty at NYBG and the award-winning author of four books. His most recent, Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees, is a poetic and practical global journey to rediscover and celebrate the lost traditions of tree pruning that sustained human life and culture for millennia, a time when the responsible, reciprocal relationship between humans and trees created the healthiest, most sustainable, most diverse woodlands we have ever known. Lecture followed by conversation with Robin Wall Kimmerer, Ph.D., SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and author of Braiding Sweetgrass.
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•   Ariella Chezar—Seasonal Flower Arranging
DATE: Thurs, MAY 23 from 5pm – 6pm
WHERE: Berkshire Botanical Garden
COST: $15.00
Meet Ariella Chezar, one of the most sought after and highly regarded floral designers in the world, and the author of the recently released book Seasonal Flower Arranging: Fill Your Home with Blooms, Branches, and Foraged Materials All Year Round. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, this lavishly photographed book provides step-by-step instructions for 39 seasonal floral arrangements and projects that celebrate the splendor of flowers, the bounty of the changing seasons, and the wild beauty of nature in your home. This talk and book signing is co-presented with Berkshire Magazine. Ariella Chezar is the author of The Flower Workshop and Flowers for the Table and a master floral designer who has appeared in numerous magazines, including O, Martha Stewart Living, and Real Simple. She is an instructor and artistic director at Flower School New York, and has designed flower arrangements for the White House.
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• Annual Meeting Picnic Celebration
DATE: Sat., JUNE 1, 11:30am-3pm
WHERE: Prouty Woods | 32 Foster Street | Littleton, MA
COST: $15 adult / $5 child (under 14 )/ Free for NEFF members
Join us to celebrate New England Forestry Foundation’s 75th anniversary as well as another successful year promoting Exemplary Forestry and conservation in New England. We welcome you and your family for a picnic lunch, walks in the woods, and displays about NEFF’s founding and history. Harvard Forest researcher and Brandeis University professor Brian Donahue will speak about the key role of New England woodlands in helping to create sustainable local food systems. Brian is the lead author of the New England Food Vision.

RSVP by May 22 by registering online or calling Holly Mansfield at 978.952.6856

•   White Pine Health Field Tour For Arborists & Foresters
DATE: Wed., JUNE 5, 8am – 5pm
WHERE: Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035
COST: $65 (includes transportation and lunch)
Interested in learning more about the current issues impacting the health of eastern white pine? As part of the annual meeting for the USDA Multi-state Working Group NE1601, “Eastern White Pine Health and Responses to Environmental Changes,” a day-long field tour of white pine forests is open to tree care professionals, particularly arborists and foresters. Insect pests, fungal pathogens and environmental factors will be viewed and discussed in stands ranging from young to old and managed to natural. Forest management options to improve stand vigor will be thoroughly reviewed. Hear about the latest research findings and management strategies from forest ecologists, entomologists and pathologists from throughout the region and beyond. Professionals who have an interest in white pine health are invited to attend the field trip. The tour begins at 8:00 AM with introductions and background information for the day. The group will then travel by van to four white pine-dominated sites in western Massachusetts and will return to the Hadley Farms Meeting House by early evening. QUESTIONS? Contact Nick Brazee, 413-545-2826,
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•   Battery Park City Walking Field Study
DATE: Thurs, JUNE 6 from 11am – 4pm
WHERE: Battery Park, NYC
COST: $85.00
This program will begin at Grand Central Station, NYC. Participants will have the option to meet at Grand Central Station at 11 am or to carpool with BBG staff to Wassaic NY and take Metro North to GCT departing from Wassaic at 8:28 am returning to Wassaic approximately 6:45 pm. Cost of program does not include train fare to NYC or lunch. Join the staff of the Berkshire Botanical Garden for a visit to Battery Park City, located at the tip of Manhattan. We will tour this extensive landscape—perhaps one of the most concentrated parklands in America—with our engaging instructor David Dew Bruner, who will focus on design. We will visit areas of the park including Michael Van Valkenburgh’s Teardrop Park, Oehme van Sweden’s Rockefeller Park, two gardens designed by Lynden Miller, and landscapes by Olin Partnership and other exceptional designers. In addition to these amazing gardens, there is abundant public art to view, including the Irish Hunger Memorial designed by Brian Tolle, the magnificent “Ice Wall” by Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercii, and sculptures by Jim Dine, Louise Bourgeois and many more. Dress for the weather, rain or shine, and bring a water bottle and bagged lunch or plan to buy your own.
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•   Grandiflora Garden Tour
DATE: Fri & Sat, JUNE 7 & 8 from 10am – 4pm
WHERE: GBC, Greenwich
COST: $40 – $750
Ticket holders gain access to each garden at their leisure over the course of two days: Fri., June 7th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sat., June 8th 10am – 2pm. The Grandiflora Garden Tour has been the highlight of our event calendar since its inception in 1958. Join the Greenwich Botanical Center and hundreds of fellow gardening enthusiasts as we gain rare access to high-end private estates over the course of two summer afternoons. These breathtaking properties feature the work of our community’s most celebrated horticulturists and landscape designers that reflect the dedication and exquisite taste of each homeowner. A Patron Breakfast will be held on Friday, June 7th at a private residence. New this year: A buffet lunch will be offered at Tony’s at the J House in Riverside from 12:00 – 2:00 on Saturday. Tony’s offers fine dining in a relaxing atmosphere convenient to Grandiflora Garden Tour homes. Additional tickets required, see registration page for details.
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Exhibition Symposium: Roberto Burle Marx—A Total Work of Art
DATE: Fri, JUNE 7 from 10:30am – 12:30pm
WHERE: NYBG – Ross Lecture Hall
COST: $20 (symposium only) / $40 (symposium & exhibition)

Held in conjunction with the Garden-wide exhibition The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx, this symposium explores the genre-spanning creativity of this Brazilian modernist master, celebrating his work as an innovative artist, landscape architect, and conservationist.
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•   Fete des Fleurs
DATE: Sat, JUNE 8 from 5pm – 8pm
WHERE: Berkshire Botanical Garden
COST: $175.00
Our annual Fête des Fleurs is THE garden party of the season, and this year we celebrate the opening of Lucy’s Garden, donated last autumn by Lucy and Nat Day and considered one of the finest collections of topiaries in North America. Be prepared for photo opps galore on Jumbo the elephant with his multi-ton root ball, howdah with glass ball finials, and water-spouting trunk, and enjoy “meeting” the rest of the topiary gang, some of whom will be named that evening, including pairs of llamas, peacocks, and reindeer. Join us for this whimsical, wonderful evening of live music, dancing, specialty cocktails and refreshments surrounded by friends both human and botanical. Register here:
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• Millbrook Garden Club Garden Tour
DATE: Mon, JUNE 10 from 10am – 4pm
COST: $60 tour and $40 lunch
The Millbrook Garden Club Garden Tour will feature five interesting and varied country gardens, from very large to quite small, including a historic house with beautiful arrangements by club members. Lunch will be served at the Mashomack Preserve, where there will also be enticing boutiques, open to all. This is a major fund raiser for our scholarships and civic involvement, and it is lots of fun.
For information and/or tickets, get in touch with Ellen Petersen at

•   Ornamental Tree & Shrub ID & Insect Walk—UMass Walkabout
DATE: Wed., JUNE 12, 2pm – 4pm
WHERE: Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
COST: $50 (pre-registration required)
Instructors: Tawny Simisky, UMass Extension Entomologist, and Mandy Bayer, UMass Extension Assistant Professor of Sustainable Landscape Horticulture
1 Pesticide contact hour for categories 36 and Applicators License available.
Join UMass Extension staff for a great opportunity to take a walk through the landscape with our experts for a close look at some of the most common insect, weed, and disease problems of woody ornamentals noticeable in the spring. Learn how to put IPM practices to work efficiently. Workshops are held rain or shine.
For more information, contact the UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program at (413) 545-0895 or
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•   Weed Walkabout—UMass Walkabout
DATE: Wed., JUNE 19, 4pm – 6pm
WHERE: Adams Farm, Walpole, MA
COST: $50 (pre-registration required)
Instructor: Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist
2 Pesticide contact hours for categories 36, 37, and Applicators License available.
Association credits: 2 ISA (4/29, 5/10 & 6/12 only), 1/2 MCA (4/29, 5/10 & 6/12 only), 1/2 MCLP, and 1 MCH credits available.
Join UMass Extension staff for a great opportunity to take a walk through the landscape with our experts for a close look at some of the most common insect, weed, and disease problems of woody ornamentals noticeable in the spring. Learn how to put IPM practices to work efficiently. Workshops are held rain or shine.
For more information, contact the UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program at (413) 545-0895 or
LINK for information or to register

•   Fall Hive Management for Successful Overwintering of Beehives
DATE: Sat, AUG 24 from 10am – 12pm
WHERE: Berkshire Botanical Garden
COST: $15.00
Join 6th-generation beekeeper Ken Warchol for an in-depth program on fall hive management of honeybees. This lecture and demonstration will focus on how to prepare your beehives to survive the winter, including hive preparation, feeding, and pest control. Ken will provide beekeepers with critical information and most especially timing of important management techniques to prepare hives for the cold. Weather permitting, he will do a hive inspection in the BBG apiary. Bring protective equipment. Ken Warchol is a long-time beekeeper and former teacher whose lectures are enjoyed by expert and novice beekeepers alike. He has served as a Massachusetts State Bee Inspector. His lectures are enjoyed by expert and novice beekeepers alike.
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•   An Afternoon of Garden-Inspired Floral Arranging
DATE: Sat, SEPT 7 from 1pm – 5pm
WHERE: Berkshire Botanical Garden
COST: $140.00
Compose a seasonal arrangement while learning the design basics needed to create a dynamic floral centerpieces. Geared towards individuals who have an interest in learning floral design techniques with a focus on garden-sourced material and less traditional arrangements. Led by BBG gardener Katarina Goldenberg, we will begin the afternoon touring BBG’s own gardens to find inspiration from nature’s branches, blooms, and grasses. The second half of the afternoon will continue with a discussion about floral arranging techniques. We will then create custom arrangements from cuttings from the garden as well as locally sourced blooms. All material fees included in the price of the class. Bring a bag lunch and a set of pruners. Katarina Goldenberg is a floral designer and gardener based in the Berkshires. She has over ten years of experience in the flower industry, including growing cut flowers, retail and merchandising, and floral design for weddings and events. She works at Berkshire Botanical Garden as a seasonal gardener.
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•   Rooted in Place: Annual Ecological Gardening Symposium
DATE: Sun, NOV 10 from 9am – 4pm
WHERE: Berkshire Botanical Garden
This full-day program focuses on managing the landscape sustainably, led by horticulture and ecology experts. Please join us as we hear from the experts on topics relevant to all gardeners and growers. More information on the 2019 symposium coming soon.
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