Berkshire Botanical Garden

Offsite Field Study: Gardeners Who Inspire

August 09, 2017       10:00 AM - 02:30 PM

Location: Driving directions to two gardens in Dutchess County will be provided upon registration.

This offsite field study features two remarkable gardens in Dutchess County, New York. Our first garden, which was included in Jane Garmey’s book, Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley, features a sophisticated plant palette and a spectacular meadow of Sporobolus heterolepsis (prairie drop seed) framing a sculpture by Vivian Beer. Although this is not a low-maintenance garden, the owners rarely water anything after the second year and fertilize only container plants; elsewhere, compost feeds the soil without making it too rich while suppressing weeds. The collection of plants features more natives every year, including interesting native cultivars like Liquidambar ‘Slender Silhouette.’ The owners, however, still enjoy the thrill of searching out exotic rarities. Our second garden is located on rolling terrain in Sand Lake, NY, and has evolved within a classic nineteenth-century arrangement of house, barn, meadows, and woods. A long peony border leads from the house to a five-acre pond surrounded by native plants. Between the house and barn large deep flower beds are bordered by a pergola on one side and an Italianate upper garden on the other. We will tour both sites with the owners and glean tips and techniques from these remarkable gardeners.

Bring a bag lunch to picnic at the first garden.

Advance registration is highly recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome, space permitting.



Withdrawals: To withdraw your registration for a class, please contact us as soon as possible so we can make your space available to others. If you give us at least 7 days notice prior to the event, we will refund your fee less a $10 administration charge. Please note: we cannot offer refunds for withdrawals less than 7 days before a class.



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