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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   – Garden Calendar
   – Landscape Message


•   NOFA Summer Conference “Nutrition Matters: Soil Health Builds Human Health”
DATE: AUG 9 – 11
WHERE: Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
COST: see web site for prices
Welcome to the Northeast Organic Farming Association(NOFA) Summer Conference. Each of the seven NOFA chapters holds their own winter conference in their state and for one weekend in late summer all the chapters gather for our annual Summer Conference.
We are excited to host our 45th annual NOFA Summer Conference with keynote speaker, Sandor Katz for a festive summer weekend August 9 -11, 2019 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Always a family friendly event, you can bring the whole family to enjoy workshops for adults, kids and teens, over 60 vendors, live music, games and amazing food!
LINK for information and to register

•   49th Annual Grow Show
DATE: AUG 10 – 11
COST: free with garden admission
The Grow Show is one of our favorite summertime events, bringing together designers and gardeners from throughout the region to share their talents and skills. Online registration is now open for both the design and horticulture divisions. New this year: “Contemplating Gardens,” a digital photography show presented by the BBG Photography Group, and “Game of Flowers,” an epic live battle of floral designers.
LINK for information

•   Late Summer Is For Lawns
DATE: Tues, AUG 13 from 7 to 8 PM
WHERE: Robert C. Parker School, 4254 Route 43, North Greenbush, NY
COST: Free
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will present the program “Late Summer Is For Lawns” on Tuesday, August 13, from 7 to 8 PM. Mid-August to mid-September is the best time to tackle lawn weed management, overseeding, fertilizing, and renovation. Bring samples of problems, such as weeds and insects, and we’ll discuss options to improve your lawn for the future. Hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Educator David Chinery.
This program is FREE to the public and will be held outdoors at the Demonstration Garden at the Robert C. Parker School, 4254 Route 43, North Greenbush. Rain or inclement weather at the start of the program may cancel it. Limited seating provided; bring your own lawn chair.
For more information contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 518-272-4210 or
Individuals with questions or special needs requiring accommodation should contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County at the phone number above. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County provides equal program and employment opportunities.

•   Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care – CT NOFA
DATE: AUG 19 – 22
WHERE: New Haven, CT
COST: free of charge to CT-based landscapers and land care professionals
Please note: in return for this free course, we are asking for participation in land use and fertilizer input reporting in 2020. To request a free space please email
LINK 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.
LINK for information or to register

•   Horticulture Certificate Program Fall Semester – Open for Registration
DATE: Classes begin SEPT 3 – days & times vary
WHERE: Berkshire Botanical Garden
COST: see web site
The Garden’s Horticulture Certificate Program is now open for registration for the fall semester. Programs begin in September for Level I and advanced certificate programs, and are offered in a friendly, supportive environment. Come learn and grow with us!
LINK for information or to register

•   In Celebration of Trees with Dr. Michael Dirr
DATE: Sat, SEPT 7 – morning & afternoon sessions
WHERE: UMass Amherst
COST: $90 Walkabout only / $140 walkabout and copy of The Tree Book
There will be a 2-1/2 hour walkabout around the UMass campus guided by Professor Dirr, followed by a book signing of his new The Tree Book.
For most people who work with trees, Dr. Michael Dirr needs no introduction. He is the author of numerous books on woody plants that have become staples on our desks. He also has some New England roots, as he earned his PhD from UMass. His fingers are always on the pulse of the nursery industry, scouting for new introductions, and having himself introduced 15 trees into commerce. He has established several arboreta, consults on tree selection, and has penned tree guides for many campuses. The green industry has tremendously benefited from his keen interest in evaluating trees and his enthusiasm to share it with us.
His new The Tree Book is the go-to reference to more than 2,400 species and cultivars, authored by two of the biggest names in horticulture—Michael A. Dirr and Keith S. Warren. The featured trees include those widely available in the nursery trade, some new and promising choices, and a selection of overlooked options that deserve renewed interest. Each tree profile includes the common and botanical names along with details on foliage; flowers, seeds, fruits, and cones; native range; adaptability; and popular uses in landscapes. The Tree Book is a must-have resource for landscapes architects, city foresters, horticulturists, and enthusiastic home gardeners.
Sponsored by: UMass Extension, the UMass Stockbridge School, and Eversource.
Association credits: 1 MCH credit. ISA, MCA, MCLP, and SAF requested.
LINK for information or to register

•   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.
LINKfor information or to register

•   Landscape and Forest Tree and Shrub Disease Workshop
DATE: Sat., SEPT 14 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM
WHERE: Fernald Hall, UMass Amherst
COST: $150/person
INSTRUCTOR: Nick Brazee, UMass Extension Plant Pathologist
Join Nick Brazee, UMass Extension Plant Pathologist, for this workshop where participants will gain hands-on experience with many important landscape and forest diseases of trees and shrubs. The UMass Amherst campus offers a wide variety of ornamental and forest trees and shrubs of all ages. Selected diseases will range from leaf spots, needle casts, root rot, stem cankers, rusts, anthracnose and more. An introductory lecture will review the basics of diagnostic plant pathology followed by a walking tour of campus. The day will end with a laboratory session using microscopy to view prepared slides. The class will be kept small for plenty of one-on-one interaction. Lunch is on your own.
Five pesticide contact hours for categories 29, 35, 36, and Applicators License. Association credits available: 5.5 ISA, 2 MCA, 2 MCLP, and 1 MCH. SAF credits requested. Pre-registration required, as space is limited
LINK for information and to register

•   12th Annual Dazzling Dahlias Show
DATE: Sat., SEPT 21st, 2 – 4PM & Sun., SEPT 22, 10AM – 3PM
The Dazzling Dahlia Show returns to GBC for its 12th annual show. A sale of flowers will take place immediately following the show at 3 PM.
LINK for information

•   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.
LINKfor information

•   Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care – CT NOFA
DATE: NOV 11 – 14
COST: free of charge to CT-based landscapers and land care professionals
Please note: in return for this free course, we are asking for participation in land use and fertilizer input reporting in 2020. To request a free space please email
*Spanish translators will be available on-site during the November course in Connecticut. Part of NOFA’s initiatives for 2019 is to expand access to education and, with generous funding from the Long Island Sound Futures Fund, organic landscaping resources are now available to spanish speakers through the Organic Land Care Program. According to the National Hispanic Landscaping Alliance, 35% of the landscape and lawn care services industry in the U.S. are Spanish speakers. With few Spanish resources for organic landscaping practices, we are prioritizing access to educational materials and courses for Spanish speaking landscapers.
LINK to register