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BCC Announces Workshops for Berkshire Orchid and Tropical Show
Oct 15, 2013
Berkshire Community College (BCC) has announced the workshop schedule for the BCC Foundation's 2nd Annual Berkshire Orchid and Tropical Show to be held Sat.-Sun., Oct. 26-27.

The popular event, which celebrates orchids, succulents, bromeliads, bonsai and other tropicals, will showcase 20 unique exhibits and a variety of vendors selling plants, accessories and artwork.

Workshops and educational talks (open to attendees and free with paid show admission unless otherwise noted) will include:

Sat., Oct. 26
10:30 a.m. - Introduction to Dish Gardens by Jeanine Loya.
Noon - Beginning a Bonsai by Brian Kelley.
1:30 p.m. - Creating a Terrarium by Black Jungle Terrarium Supply.

Sun., Oct. 27
10 a.m. - Native Orchids: a Talk and Photos by Nancy Goodman.
11 a.m. - You Don't Need a Greenhouse to Grow Orchids by Dr. John Sprague.
12:30 p.m. - Nonstop Plants: A Garden for 365 Days by Margaret Roach.
2 p.m. - Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging Demonstration by Kaye Vosburgh ($10 materials fee per person. Attendees will have a chance to win one of the arrangements created in the demonstration).
(Please note: workshops are available on a first-come, first-served basis).

The event is sponsored by: Greylock Federal Credit Union, Charles Cardillo Plumbing and Heating, Francis Investment Consulting Group, The Guardian Insurance Company, Kelly's Package Store, Nuclea
Biotechnologies and Ye Olde Forge Restaurant.

The 2nd Annual Berkshire Orchid and Tropical Show, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, will be held at BCC's Paterson Field House located on the college's main campus at 1350 West St., Pittsfield.

Admission to the show is $5 per person. Children 12 and under are free. Proceeds from the event will benefit the BCC Foundation Annual Fund and the Ralph Hoffmann Environmental Science and Sustainable Energy Center and Greenhouse.

For more information, contact Ann Phillips at 413-236-2185 or

A special Preview Party will be held the evening prior (Oct. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.). Preview Party tickets provide admission to the show for the weekend, an early look at the exhibits, early vendor sales and a silent auction, along with hors d'oeuvres prepared by Ye Olde Forge Restaurant and wine and beer selected by Kelly's Package Store. Tickets to the Preview Party start at $35 per person. For an invitation, call 413-236-2185.

For more information, including directions, a full listing of exhibitors and vendors, visit


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