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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass. presents a Spring Wildflower Field Study 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 28. Join ecologist Ted Elliman for a lecture highlighting wildflowers of New England’s natural habitats, including alpine summits, forests, meadows, wetlands, and coastal environments. This program will focus on spring-flowering plants that will be (or almost be) in bloom in the forests and meadows of the Berkshires. After an introductory lecture, Elliman will lead a walking field study at BBG as well as at an off-site location. Optional transportation to the off-site location will be provided by BBG. Members, $85; non-members, $95. For information, call 413-298-3926.
SPENCERTOWN — Robert Clyde Anderson Naturalistic Planting on a Domestic Scale, Virtual Garden Lecture 4 p.m. July 28 via Zoom. Tickets are $10. Since you can’t come to us, we are bringing our Garden Lecture to you. This illustrated talk will focus on practical techniques for creating and managing naturalistic plantings at a size that’s feasible for the home gardener, in terms of both labor and expense. Using part of his own garden as the example, Anderson will share failures and successes in the development, over three seasons, of a wet meadow-style planting. Topics addressed will include site selection and preparation, plant material sources, choices and acquisition, installation tips, and seasonal care. For information, spencertownacademy.org.
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass. presents the online program The Secret Life of Plants: Plant Zines, a Family Program 10-11 a.m. June 30. Use your plants as inspiration for a handmade book! In this workshop for kids or kids and their grown-ups, Learn step-by-step how to create a fun zine, or homemade artist’s book, featuring your favorite houseplants and garden friends as the main characters. Members, $10; non-members, $12. For information, call 413-298-3926.
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, presents the Summer Author Series Daryl Beyers, The New Gardener’s Handbook, online, 6:30-7:30 p.m. July 9. Enjoy a lecture and Q&A session with author Daryl Beyers, who will discuss gardening fundamentals. New gardeners will learn the foundations to help their gardens flourish, and accomplished gardeners will receive expert insights, tips and tricks. Presented in collaboration with Tower Hill Botanic Garden and Timber Press. Book available for purchase through the BBG online shop. Members, $10; non-members, $15. For information, call 413-298-3926.
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, presents Make a Tool Belt for the Garden, online, 4-6 p.m. July 13 and July 14. Keep your tools close at hand with a handmade canvas tool belt for the garden or workshop. Under the guidance of textile artist Jamie Goldenberg, participants will create their tool belts on their own sewing machines. A basic knowledge of how to use a sewing machine is required. Members, $25; non-members, $30. For information, call 413-298-3926.
CLAVERACK — The Claverack Free Library and Philmont Public Library will conduct the Book It 5K joint virtual fundraiser for July 2020. The virtual event can happen any time between July 15 and Aug. 15 and in any place of your choosing. You are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and traffic safety wherever you choose to participate. Register by June 22 to receive a free shirt; the event shirts will be ready for pickup or by mail in early July. However, you are welcome to register and participate through Aug. 15. Once you have your shirt, walk, run or bike the 5K. Take photos, share them on our Facebook group: Book It! 2020, or send them to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for uploading to our websites Virtual Book It! page. At the end of the event, we’ll have prizes for participants in the following categories: the furthest away, the funniest photo, the most beautiful photo, families participating together in different places and the most creative. On Aug. 16, we’ll zoom in for awards and prizes. Meet up with neighbors and friends while maintaining social distances. Use hashtags: -alonetogether -librarylove -claverackandphilmont. The proceeds for this event will help each library to expand e-resources and programming. Library Registration forms may also be downloaded from either library website (www.claveracklibrary.org or www.philmontlibrary.org) and mailed to Claverack Free Library, PO Box 417 114, Claverack NY 12513; the form could also be filled from the library website with the registration fee paid using paypal.com. The registration fee is $25 for adult participants. Kids 18 and under are $10.
ANCRAM — St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1273 County Route 7, Ancram, annual chicken barbecue will be held, pick up only, 4:30-6 p.m. July 18. Tickets are $15 and must be ordered by July 13. Tickets are limited. The menu includes barbecue chicken, corn, cole slaw, potato salad and watermelon. To reserve tickets, call Jim, at cell, 518-755-8978; Cindy, 518-329-0038 or 518-789-4769; Debby at 518-329-7594.
NORTH CHATHAM The North Chatham Free Library presents Exploring Interactive Folding Books at 3 p.m. July 19 via Zoom.
For information to connect to this event, email Mail@NorthChathamLibrary.org or call 518-766-3211. Emily Brooks and Matt Holbein will share how they created The Foliage Library. Download a template and follow along with a DIY version at home.
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, presents Summer Author Series Marta McDowell, Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life, online, 6:30-7:30 p.m. July 23. Enjoy a lecture and Q&A session with author Marta McDowell. In addition to writing poetry, The Belle of Amherst was a gardener. This lecture explores Dickinson’s gardens through excerpts from her letters and poems and historic and modern images of her garden. Presented in collaboration with Tower Hill Botanic Garden and Timber Press. Book available for purchase through the BBG online shop. Members, $10; non-members, $15. For information, call 413-298-3926.
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, presents Planting Design Part 2: The Designer’s Palette: Color in the Landscape, online, 5:30-7 p.m. July 28 through Aug. 18. Learn basic color theories outlined in Josef Albers’s classic text, Interaction of Color and how they can be applied to the landscape. Examine how the feel and impact of color can change a space. In the project for this class, students will design the same garden space twice, using a different color scheme each time exploring how the change in the color scheme changes the mood and feel of a space as well as people’s reactions to it. (4 Classes) Members, $100; non-members, $110. For information, call 413-298-3926.
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, presents Summer Author Series: Toni Gattone, The Lifelong Gardener, online, 6:30-7:30 p.m. July 30. Enjoy a lecture and Q&A session with speaker and author Toni Gattone, who will discuss how gardeners of all abilities can grow their resilience in the garden in spite of physical limitations. Learn how gardens can be modified for increased comfort and safety and which ergonomically-designed and adapted garden tools to look for. Presented in collaboration with Tower Hill Botanic Garden and Timber Press. Book available for purchase through the BBG online shop. Members, $10; non-members, $15. For information, call 413-298-3926.
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, presents New England Plant Communities 6-8 p.m. July 31 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 1. Join ecologist Ted Elliman for an exploration of native New England plant communities. A Friday lecture will cover many of the forest, meadow and wetland habitats found in Berkshire County, discussing their physical and ecological features: topography, geology, soils, and moisture; as well as their characteristic plant associations, including both common and rare plants.
The Saturday field trip will take us to a variety of forested, open and wetland habitats, and we will take a close look at the flora and features of each of them.
Cost for full course is $120 for members and $135 for non-members; Friday only, members, $25 and non-members, $35. For information, call 413-298-3926.
NORTH CHATHAM — The North Chatham Free Library, 4287 Route 203, North Chatham, will host The Storycrafters live outside at 4 p.m. Aug. 8. Social Distancing will be in place.