Do you want the sights and smells of flowers in winter, but rising fuel costs seem to put a greenhouse out of reach? The solutionâ€”the subject of this Berkshire Botanical Garden classâ€”is to go solar! You will learn the basic elements of a solar greenhouse, how to optimize greenhouse performance, how to operate month by month in response to the weather and how to choose plants that are growable and rewarding. The class will take place Saturday, September 28, from 1 – 3 in the Education Center of BBG in Stockbridge. BBG members $22, nonmembers $27. Call 413-298-3926 to register, or sign up online at www.berkshirebotanical.org.
James Jones is a lifelong gardener and a member of many horticultural societies, with a particular interest in the North American Rock Garden Society, where he has been national president and chapter chair, as well as director of the Seed Exchange. He has recently published a book on his experiences using solar energy, Fall and Winter Bloom in the Solar Greenhouse. He often judges at the Boston Flower Show.Â Image from www.houzz.com.