Saturday, June 15, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm – At Home in a Potager Garden

Growing food at home in a beautifully designed potager garden is a combination of the best of both gardening worlds: utility and beauty. On Saturday, June 15, visit a Berkshire County garden homestead with a focus on growing food, flowers and fruit in a secluded setting with extraordinary views to the west. Designed and cultivated by a husband and wife team, this is their vision of sustainable gardening. Consider design elements including paths, vertical structures, fencing, ornamental pots and layout. Also learn about plant selection, crop rotation, companion planting, mulching of both food and flowers, and don’t forget a trip to the compost pile. The owners will share their experiences with extending the vegetable season in cold frames and unheated hoop house. The owners invite students to picnic on the lawn or back porch following the workshop. The leader of this Berkshire Botanical Garden sponsored tour, Elisabeth Cary, is the Director of Education at the Berkshire Botanical Garden and has been gardening for over 25 years. She specializes in perennial, vegetable and mixed-border gardens. Bring a bagged lunch and dress for the weather. Enrollment is limited: $45 for BBG members, $55 for nonmembers. Register on line at or call 413-298-3926.