Garden Notes: Jan. 12, 2022

STOCKBRIDGE – Berkshire Botanical Garden presents the following upcoming programs. Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18 through Tuesday, Feb. 22, 5:30 to 7 p.m., online, “Sustainable Garden Care and Maintenance. Learn about the maintenance considerations that should be integrated into the design process of your sustainable garden. Students’ horticultural knowledge will expand to factor sustainable maintenance concerns with cost-effectiveness into plant selection. Learn procedures for perennials, woody plants, and lawns, including transplanting, staking, fertilizing, winterizing, mulching, plant pathology, and pest control with an emphasis on deer control. Taught by Daryl Beyers. Cost $185 members, $210 nonmembers; Beginning Thursday, Jan. 20 through Thursday, Feb. 17, “Drafting for Garden Design,” 5:30 to 8 p.m. Led by Steven Foster. Learn basic drafting skills necessary to record and effectively communicate scaled site plans. The course will cover reference books, drafting supplies, media/paper types, line weights, lettering and scale reading. Drafting demonstrations will familiarize students with professional drawing techniques, and students will begin to draft basic site plans and explore map-making. During the last half of the course, students will learn to develop a landscape graphic palette to illustrate trees, shrubs, perennials and groundcovers, as well as hardscape materials such as stone terraces. This course is designed for beginner to intermediate students .Cost is $265 members, $285 nonmembers; Beginning Saturday, Jan. 22 through Saturday, Feb. 26, “Art of growing Food,” online from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Join Ellen Ecker Ogden to learn her six steps to successful kitchen garden design. In this class you will learn how to organize and simplify your efforts. Starting with an overview of how a kitchen garden can be more than simply a place to grow food, you will begin with a design on paper, learn about garden beds and paths, and select the right plants for the best flavor and productivity. This is a live Zoom class, taught on a virtual platform for optimal sharing of ideas with other students. Templates are provided from Ellen’s books (The Complete Kitchen Garden and The New Heirloom Garden, both for sale in the BBG shop) to help you formulate a working plan that fits your own landscape. Each class presents a step-by-step method to simplify and add beauty. Cost is $250 members and nonmembers. To register for the programs, visit Berkshire Botanical Garden is located at 5 West Stockbridge Road.

Springfield Garden Club news

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Garden Club used the last day of 2021 to support a stronger future and improve food equity in Springfield by contributing $1078 to Gardening the Community. The donation was presented on New Year’s Eve by SGC President Vana Nespor to Ramon Elliston, GTC Farm Store Manager; Toussaint Paskins, GTC’s Assistant Director of Youth Leadership & Agriculture; and his son Jaiden Jimenez. GTC operates a training program created for youth from around the Mason Square neighborhood and beyond to grow fruits and vegetables on vacant and abandoned lots.

Youth receive a stipend and are taught principles of urban sustainable living and urban agriculture. The food that is grown is sold at their 200 Walnut Street Community Farm Store, the Mason Square Farmers Market, local restaurants, and bodegas (corner stores). Youth also bring food home to their families. For more information on how you too can support Gardening the Community, visit For more information on this and other Springfield Garden Club events go to or visit them on Facebook at

East Longmeadow Garden Club Scholarship

EAST LONGMEADOW – Applications are being accepted for the 2022 Esther A. Rosati Memorial East Longmeadow Garden Club Scholarship. Eligibility for the $1,000 scholarship: applicant must presently be an East Longmeadow High School senior or a recent graduate of East Longmeadow High School who is 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 a major relevant to the following: 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 must be received before the last day of Feb. (Feb. 28). Applicants being considered will be contacted by the Esther A. Rosati East Longmeadow Garden Club’s Scholarship Committee for an interview. The recipient will be awarded his/her scholarship at the annual May meeting of the East Longmeadow Garden Club.

Send completed application and transcript to East Longmeadow Garden Club Scholarship committee c/o Jennifer Wands, 33 Albano Drive, East Longmeadow, MA 01028.

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