The 20 acres of Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, allow for reflective meandering or serious study, depending on the focus of a group.
The garden’s palette changes throughout the growing season, providing points of interest throughout over two dozen garden areas.
Education is the garden’s mission. It provides an outdoor museum of identified plants, trees and shrubs that thrive in the Berkshires.
Indoors, the garden’s Center House features the Leonhardt Galleries and its rotating botanically-focused exhibitions throughout the year, as well as a botanical library, a veranda overlooking the 1934 herb garden (perfect for picnics) and a teaching kitchen.
“The garden provides an opportunity for groups to step away from the bustle and immerse themselves in a natural New England oasis of serenity and beauty,” said Robin Parow, director of marketing communications. “Groups that visit the garden have an opportunity to see a diverse range of flora, art and historical gardens dating back to 1934. New to the property is Lucy’s Garden, a topiary collection featuring 22 whimsical animals and other ‘live’ sculptures. There is something for all nature lovers at Berkshire Botanical Garden!”
Groups enjoy exploring garden spaces on their own, but also have an option of choosing self-guided audio tours or docent-led tours. Multiple docents can be made available for larger groups so that all visitors have an opportunity for a pleasant and informative experience.
The garden’s visitor center shop offers a wide range of gift and garden items, as well as snacks and beverages.
Picnicking is permitted on the grounds. Many paths throughout the garden are accessible for people with disabilities.
Berkshire Botanical Garden is located about 10 minutes from the Norman Rockwell Museum and Chesterwood.
For more information on Berkshire Botanical Garden call 413-320-4794 or go to berkshirebotanical.org.