Berkshire Botanical Garden

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Berkshire Botanical Garden

From the business The Berkshire Botanical Garden is a public garden with 26 display gardens and offers an array of educational programming throughout the year for adults and children alike. Learn more about Berkshire Botanical Garden , Opens a popup Specialties The Berkshire Botanical Garden is a public garden with 26 display gardens and offers an array of educational programming throughout the year for adults and children alike. History Established in 1934. The organization was created in 1934 as the Berkshire Garden Center with a mission to educate gardeners and homeowners within the region through demonstration and garden visitation as well as classes and workshops. Harvest Festival , which takes place on Saturday and Sunday of Colmbus Day weekend has been a Berkshire County tradition since its inception. Report

Berkshire Botanical Garden

My partner and I happenstance upon the Berkshire Botanical Garden's Harvest Festival, and we were able to see a good portion of what this place had to offer. It's a rather large area, with greenhouse space and a lot of outdoor space. Obviously, I saw the Berkshire Botanical Garden transformed into a popular festival, so that's something to take into account. The Harvest Festival itself was very fun. Lots for everyone to do, from alpacas and bunnies for children, to cheeses and ciders for adults. The silent auction was great, and the staff – which is all volunteers – was friendly.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

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My partner and I happenstance upon the Berkshire Botanical Garden's Harvest Festival, and we were able to see a good portion of what this place had to offer. It's a rather large area, with greenhouse space and a lot of outdoor space. Obviously, I saw the Berkshire Botanical Garden transformed into a popular festival, so that's something to take into account.The Harvest Festival itself was very fun. Lots for everyone to do, from alpacas and bunnies for children, to cheeses and ciders for adults. The silent auction was great, and the staff – which is all volunteers – was friendly.

Berkshire Botanical Garden is a nice enough garden offering some services to local residents, including plants for sale and a children's summer camp; however, as a garden it is a mixed bag. Since we grow our own we love looking at other folk's vegetables, and this week they had a nicely maintained selection to view and compare. We also noted the lama, the angora rabbit and other assorted animals on site, perhaps for the amusement of their campers since their relevance to the garden went unexplained. There is the shortest woodland trail we've ever walked on, and across the road (yes, you must cross an active highway, but drivers were considerate) are the main plantings. The planted acreage is small for a botanical garden, with only a limited number of specimen trees, a small pond garden, a small rock garden and assorted floral beds. The day lilies were just about at peak two days ago and well worth enjoying; however, given the other gardens in the area (for example, the plantings just down the road at Naumkeag or flowers and vegetables at nearby Hancock Shaker Village), unless there's something special happening here we'll probably give it a miss next time we're in town.

Established in 1934 and revered as one of the older public display gardens in the United States, Berkshire Botanical Garden encompasses 15 acres of land in the heart of the Berkshires. Visitors to the Garden enjoy over 3,000 species and varieties of herbaceous and woody plants that thrive in zone 5A. Nineteen display gardens blend intimate landscapes with seasonal palettes and tapestries of fragrant and colorful perennials and over 2,000 annuals. Two mixed border gardens, perennial borders for sun and shade, a children’s garden, rock garden, and native plant gardens are among the many favorite display areas. Former guest gardeners Martha Stewart (Heirloom Flower Garden), Page Dickey (Terraced Herb Garden), Jack Staub (Vegetable and Fruit Gardens), and Anthony Archer‐Wills (Pond Garden) were joined in 2011 by Michael Marriott with the installation of a new rose garden planted with David Austin Roses. The 2015 theme, “Celebrate Water in the Garden” presents both informative and whimsical displays revolving around the essential element of water, from both a design perspective and a fundamental resource. Educational programs and special events offered year round.

The Berkshire Botanical Garden is a not-for-profit, membership-supported educational organization encompassing 15 acres of cultivated land at the intersection of Routes 102 and 183 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Called “a glistening community gem” by Virginia Small, author of the book Great Gardens of the Berkshires, the Garden’s mission is to fulfill the community’s need for information, education and inspiration concerning the art and science of gardening and the preservation of our environment. Our public display gardens are open May to mid-October. Both functional and ornamental, they are among the oldest in the US and have been expanded over the years in breadth and variety through a series of bequests and major gifts. Our collections emphasize plants that are indigenous to or thrive in the Berkshires. Classes, workshops, lectures and special events are offered year-round. Since its inception, the Garden also has offered a broad variety of educational programs to school children from the surrounding area. Major annual events include the Plant Sale, the Flower Show, the Fete des Fleurs Garden Party, the Harvest Festival and the Holiday Fair. The Harvest Festival was first held in 1934 as the Garden’s first fundraising event and has since become the Berkshires’ best-known community gathering Membership

The Berkshire Botanical Garden is a not-for-profit, membership-supported educational organization encompassing 15 acres of cultivated land at the intersection of Routes 102 and 183 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Called “a glistening community gem” by Virginia Small, author of the book Great Gardens of the Berkshires, the Garden’s mission is to fulfill the community’s need for information, education and inspiration concerning the art and science of gardening and the preservation of our environment. Our public display gardens are open May to mid-October. Both functional and ornamental, they are among the oldest in the US and have been expanded over the years in breadth and variety through a series of bequests and major gifts. Our collections emphasize plants that are indigenous to or thrive in the Berkshires. Classes, workshops, lectures and special events are offered year-round. Since its inception, the Garden also has offered a broad variety of educational programs to school children from the surrounding area. Major annual events include the Plant Sale, the Flower Show, the Fete des Fleurs Garden Party, the Harvest Festival and the Holiday Fair. The Harvest Festival was first held in 1934 as the Garden’s first fundraising event and has since become the Berkshires’ best-known community gathering

The Berkshire Botanical Garden, is a 15 acre (6.1 hectares) botanical garden in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, United States. Its collections contain over 3,000 species and varieties, with an emphasis on plants that thrive in the Berkshires.

Compared to some of the very large botanical gardens as in St. Louis or Victoria, Canada, Berkshire Botanical Garden is small in size. The scope of plantings, the creativity in presentation, and the excellent care taken of this treasure makes this a must stop for all who love God's creation and beauty.

dianel103 Lake Placid, Florida Level Contributor 67 reviews 46 attraction reviews 25 helpful votes “Small but Not Insignificant” Reviewed October 14, 2016 Compared to some of the very large botanical gardens as in St. Louis or Victoria, Canada, Berkshire Botanical Garden is small in size. The scope of plantings, the creativity in presentation, and the excellent care taken of this treasure makes this a must stop for all who love God's creation and beauty. Helpful? Thank dianel103 Report

“Small but Not Insignificant” Reviewed October 14, 2016 Compared to some of the very large botanical gardens as in St. Louis or Victoria, Canada, Berkshire Botanical Garden is small in size. The scope of plantings, the creativity in presentation, and the excellent care taken of this treasure makes this a must stop for all who love God's creation and beauty. Helpful? Thank dianel103 Report

There is something for everyone at the Berkshire Botanical Garden.  Below is a list of our scheduled events classes, and exhibits.  For details on any individual listing, just click on the event for more information.  If you still have questions, feel free to call the garden at 413.298.3926.  See you at the Garden!

Initial Fall Meeting: Tuesday, September 5, 5 pm The practicum complements classroom work through hands-on training in the garden. Work alongside garden staff practicing gardening techniques, usually beginning with a demonstration and instruction. Activities include propagation, transplanting, tree care, pruning, dividing, planting, cultivation and maintenance of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. Students need to complete 15 hours of work scheduled on Saturdays and/or weekdays, usually Wednesday or Thursday, throughout the year.  Required for Certification. Students may sign up for either the fall or spring term.    Instructors – Berkshire Botanical Garden Staff

For a $15 dollar admission fee, you have to weigh your options before entering because this place is perhaps an hour to an hour-and-a-half walkthrough. This is more of an educational and research-based garden than a beautifully manicured shrine to Mother Nature. As a person spoiled by visiting botanical gardens in multiple countries, I expected better, but I think I missed the point. This is an incorporated non-profit garden, so in addition to operating with the help of donations, one of the more important goals of their enterprise is tree-related and indigenous plant research. The day I visited the garden employees were also holding workshops to educate children about the various plant life that grew in the Berkshire area. If you live close it is a great way to spend an hour or so. If you are visiting the Berkshires, this is really just a small distraction that detracts from the greater beauty of the surrounding area.

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