Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA: A Haven for Learning

pink daylillies against a green backdropFounded in 1934, the Berkshire Botanical Garden encompasses so much more than just a lovely display garden in Stockbridge, MA. Interested in learning about backyard bee-keeping? Have a yen for bonseiki? Looking for inspiration for your Thanksgiving table? They’ve got a program for all of that and more. In fact, the driving force behind their mission statement is education, inspiration, and information.

Of course, gardening and gardening design are the dominant features of the 20-acre property located at the junction of Routes 102 and 83 in Stockbridge, MA. Open daily May 1 through Columbus Day, a stroll through any of the magnificent themed display gardens is inspiration enough to get out and dig in the dirt. Among the choices for exploring are the Daylily Walk, the Children’s Discovery Garden, Foster Rock Garden, historic 1937 Herb Garden, and my personal favorite, the Pond Garden. Many an hour can be sublimely passed simply sitting and pondering the botanical life around you.

However, it’s not just about the beauty of the outdoor gardens here. Open year-round for all sorts of workshops, educational classes, lectures, and exhibits, the Berkshire Botanical Garden nurtures the mind as well. The adult education programs offered include botanical art, ecology, horticulture, health and wellness cooking, and homesteading. The horticultural certificate programs, taught by landscape designers and seasoned horticulturists, are designed for professional and aspiring professional gardeners, but are equally appropriate for home gardeners looking to expand their knowledge base.

Children’s garden camps, family farm and garden programs, field trips, and extended travel tours to visit gardens in Scotland, Barbados, or Denmark are also offered throughout the year., as well as numerous special events. Coming up Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, the much-loved Harvest Festival celebrates fall with live entertainment, hay rides, a farm and artisans market and more.

Check out the full roster of fun and educational events happening at the Berkshire Botanical Garden this fall and winter. We’d love for you to stay at the Staveleigh House Bed and Breakfast, where you can relax and unwind after an exhilarating day of learning.

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