Garden Notes: Jan. 25, 2023

[] Garden Notes: Jan. 25, 2023

Upcoming programs at Berkshire Botanical Garden

STOCKBRIDGE - Berkshire Botanical Garden presents the following upcoming program; Thursdays, Feb. 9 to April 13, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. over a 10-week period, “Landscape Design II.” Learn skills essential for functional garden design that honors the site and meets client needs. Led by Chuck Schnell and Walter Cudnohufsky, this course will cover a different topic or technique focusing on the importance of getting to know the client and site as a basis of effective and appealing design. Essential and easy-to-grasp design principles will be introduced throughout the course, with a form-finding approach to garden design. Acquire the vocabulary essential for assessing a property’s potential and problems, and the right questions to realize a client’s wishes while avoiding common design mistakes. Learn how to make well-considered and sustainable choices for the elements and materials commonly used in the residential-scale garden. Students will complete a instructor-provided project and take it from creative concept to completed design plan, including site assessment diagrams, conceptual sketches and schematic drawings. Each class will involve instruction and evaluation of projects in progress. Group discussions and exercises will put theory into action. Students will make a formal presentation at the final class with the primary goal of conveying a coherent design narrative and process leading to proposed solutions. Cost $400 members, $450 non-members. Need help paying for this class? Berkshire Botanical Garden can help, visit their webpage for more details. For more information, or to register, visit; Berkshire Botanical Garden is located at 5 West Stockbridge Road.

Virtual garden tour

AMHERST - Join the Jones Library and escape winter weather with a virtual garden tour entitled “Artists’ Gardens in New England” on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m., presented by Jana Milbocker. Register directly via Zoom at :

Visit the private havens of Edith Wharton, Julian Alden Weir, Childe Hassam, Daniel Chester French, Emily Dickinson, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Celia Thaxter and others. This is first in a planned series called “Gardens and Gardening.” The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Janet Ryan at 413-259-3223.

Garden Club Scholarship

EAST LONGMEADOW – Applications are now open for the 2023 Esther A. Rosati Memorial East Longmeadow Garden Club Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Applicants must presently be an East Longmeadow High School senior or a recent graduate of East Longmeadow High School, be planning to attend an institution of higher learning, or a graduate student who is a resident of East Longmeadow and is attending or planning to attend an institution of higher learning, or an East Longmeadow student who is a resident and has been accepted to participate in a special program.

All applicants must be planning to pursue a degree in agriculture, botany, conservation, ecology, environmental engineering, environmental science, floral design, forestry, landscaping architecture, oceanography, perma-culture/agro-ecology or a related field.

Applicants must include a copy of an official grade transcript and applications must be received on or before Feb. 28. Applicants being considered will be contacted by the East Longmeadow Garden Club’s Scholarship Committee for an interview. The recipient will be awarded the scholarship at the annual May meeting of the East Longmeadow Garden Club. Scholarship applications can be picked up at the high school guidance office or the East Longmeadow Public Library or download it from

Send completed application and transcript to East Longmeadow Garden Club Scholarship Committee, c/o Diane A. Tiago, 38 Rogers Road, East Longmeadow, MA 01028.

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