Upcoming programs at Berkshire Botanical Garden
STOCKBRIDGE – Berkshire Botanical Garden presents the following upcoming programs. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 4 to 5:30 p.m., “Dahlias for Days.” Dahlias are a tremendously diverse flower. While they are native to Central America, they can grow fabulously in New England with proper care. In this class you will learn about this spectacular flower with insight on how to grow from tubers. Specific topics Including variety selection, planting, plant support techniques, cut flower treatment, plus the most challenging part — tuber division and storage. Cost is $10 members, $15 non-members; Saturday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. online. “Winter Lecture: The Eye of the Beholder: Is it Messy, or an acquired taste?” Presented by Edwina von Gal, Principal Landscape Designer, Edwina von Gal + Co; Founder/President, Perfect Earth Project; and Co-founder of Two Thirds for the Birds. Our obsession with tidy, “clean” landscapes is proving to be harmful to the things and the ones we love. How can we step away from the need for ‘neat’ and let nature play a role in how we perceive, design and maintain our human dominated lands? The rewards of gardening with nature, not against it, are a fabulous mix of process and perception. Edwina will discuss the reasons why we need to change the way we garden, the difference it can make, and how to make it all happen. Cost $30 members, $35 non-members. To register for the programs or for more information, visit www.berkshirebotanical.org. Botanical Garden is located at 5 West Stockbridge Road.
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.
Agawam Garden Club Scholarship
AGAWAM – Applications are now available for the Agawam Garden Club 2022 scholarship. To qualify for the scholarship students must be a graduating senior of Agawam High School or a college student who graduated from Agawam High School. Applicants must be majoring in or planning on majoring in one of the following: botany, environmental engineering, environmental science, earths systems, forest management, natural resources, plant soil and insect science, sustainable agriculture, sustainable horticulture or food and farming, turf grass science and management, landscape design and management technology, clean energy, technology studies: waste water or other environmental related studies. Completed applications along with transcripts and references must be submitted to Denise Carmody, 40 Primrose Lane, Agawam MA 01001 by April 1st. Applications are available through Agawam High School or can be found on our website at agawamgardenclub.com.
Springfield Garden Club Program
SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Garden Club will host “Herbs, Herbals and Herbalists” presented by Judith Sumner on Friday, Feb. 18 at 11:30 a.m.. The event will be in person at the Barney Carriage House at Forest Park as well as virtually via Zoom.
Judith Sumner is a botanist who will talk on early herbals and plant life, including the Doctrine of Signatures, an ancient practice of using plants for their beneficial capacities through observation. She will also discuss ancient and modern herb and spice uses as part of herbal history. Discussion will include Judith’s recently published book Plants Go to War: A Botanical History of World War II, which examines victory gardens, timber, fibers, rubber, medicinal plants, herbalism, camouflage, survival practices and botanical gardens in wartime.
The meeting will be held at the Carriage House at the Barney Estate, Forest Park. Directions to the Carriage house at: www.barneycarriagehouse.com.
The presentation is open to the public as well as club members via Zoom. Social hour begins at 11:30 a.m., the club business meeting is at noon and the presentation will begin at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for guests are $5 and are available at EventBrite.com.
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