Saturday, February 6, 1:00 – 3:00 pm – A Cottage Garden in New England

What makes a cottage garden and how can this style, often associated with the English gardening tradition be adapted to the challenging climate of New England? Learn about the design elements of this unique gardening style, and consider the plants and planting schemes used to create the loose informal style, at this illustrated lecture to be held at the Berkshire Botanical Garden on Saturday, February 6, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. The instructor will illustrate design concepts using a cottage garden located in Sherman, CT. This garden, often on the Garden Conservancy tour, will serve as an example for the lecture.

Amy Ziffer owns Shady Lady Garden Design, a garden design and maintenance business in western Connecticut.  She is a former editor at Fine Gardening magazine and a Master Gardener.  Her display garden was honored with inclusion in The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Directory beginning in 2007.   The cost of the lecture is $18 for BBG members, $24 for non members, and directions and information may be obtained by logging on to