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Berkshire Botanical Garden

Stockbridge, MA, USA
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About Berkshire Botanical Garden
Berkshire Botanical Garden was established in 1934 and is one of New England’s oldest public gardens. The garden spans 15 acres filled with more than 3000 plant species and varieties, many which are indigenous to the Berkshires. Classes, workshops, lectures, exhibits and special events are offered year-round, and the display gardens can be toured daily from May 1 through October 11, 9 am to 5 pm.
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Jeff C wrote a review Sep 2020
Boston, MA41 contributions8 helpful votes
The Berkshire Botannical Garden is truly a gem. After spending and hour and a half there (we would have spent more but my wife was getting tired), I decided that it's one of the best and most enjoyable public gardens I've seen (and I've been to Sissinghurst and Kew in England, Longwood and Wave Hill in this country, and many others). BBG isn't the most spectacular but it has a wide variety of very well done "rooms" (pond, rose garden, topiary, kitchen garden, perennial garden, etc.), all superbly well maintained and (mostly) well labeled. And the whole place can be enjoyed easily in an afternoon. Of course, as is true of most gardens, the view changes throughout the seasons (we were there in late September and there was still plenty in bloom). It's all anchored by a large selection of conifers that add structure and texture and don't care what the season is. There is plenty of bench seating throughout and wheelchairs are available for loan with an advance reservation (advance entry ticketing is required in this time of COVID-19). We will certainly return the next time we're in the Berkshires - probably during a different time of the year.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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NYBike wrote a review Aug 2020
Wappingers Falls, New York115 contributions29 helpful votes
The botanical garden has a very wide range of plants, trees and bushes ... an amazing collection ... much better than I expected! This was our first visit to the botanical garden, but we'll be back in early summer when everything is in bloom
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Date of experience: August 2020
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SuzyQ wrote a review Aug 2020
80 contributions6 helpful votes
The grounds were great & markings of all plants was clear. There was little staff around to ask questions. Not sure how they keep the grounds so nice with the staff we saw. Takes about 1 hour to tour the grounds.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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kzsull01 wrote a review Aug 2020
Windsor, Connecticut288 contributions216 helpful votes
My husband and I visited the Berkshire Botanical Gardens in Stockbridge, Massachusetts on Sunday, August 16, 2020 arriving at about 9:30 AM during the 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM time slot. This definitely was a good time of the year to visit the gardens and I am glad we had the opportunity to visit because many different types of flowers were in full bloom providing plenty of opportunity to take some beautiful pictures. The gardens were really quite colorful and beautiful. Also, our visit was an excellent value being free on Sundays and Mondays and very reasonably priced the other days of the week at the time of our visit. The timed tickets as well as the layout of the gardens allowed us to effectively practice social distancing in the great outdoors and see how nature constantly changes!! The Berkshire Botanical Gardens have always been a great place to visit in the Berkshires for beautiful gardens and scenic landscapes. This time was no exception. The gardens have a variety of types of plants on display, illustrating different garden styles and settings. There is always something different in bloom at different times of the year. We have visited the gardens multiple times over the past few years and have always found them to be enjoyable and relaxing, as well as, inspirational and educational. There is plenty of free parking convenient to the gardens and the gardens are also close to the Mass. Pike. This time the weather was beautiful at the gardens, dry and not too hot, although it was raining on the way to the gardens from Windsor, Connecticut. Although the Audio Tour was not available to take this time, the Guide to the Gardens available at the admission desk and the write-ups/interpretive markers throughout the gardens provided good background information and perspective, definitely very interesting and quite educational. They described the various gardens, including what is specifically growing in each garden, how it grows and how it is cared for, why it was planted in the section and historical information, as well as additional details and facts that were helpful to know when applicable. The Vegetable Gardens (Edible Gardens), were quite lush. They have some interesting examples of a variety of different types of vegetables growing in unique raised beds, which illustrates a nice way to grow them and gives ideas for a home garden. Interestingly, as mentioned in the Guide to the Gardens, raised beds can be planted earlier in spring as their soil warms up faster than lower ground, benefitting the short growing season in the Berkshires. These gardens are both ornamental and functional with very tasty looking vegetables. Also in the nearby area, the Children’s Discovery Garden, the Rain Garden and Conservatory were quite nice. However, in past visits, there have been more plants in the Conservatory. This time the ‘Day Lily Walk’ and Rose Gardens were not totally in full bloom but still definitely worth seeing with different types of lilies and roses respectively. Lucy’s Garden, which is part of the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s topiary collection that showcases the horticultural practice of clipping plants into specific shapes, was quite interesting. The Primrose Walk was very pretty and was different from our visit last September. In addition, the concept behind the Martha Stewart Cottage Garden is rather unique, and it had some beautiful flowers growing on top of it as well as around it. The various other types of gardens, including the, Tree of 40 Fruit, Entry Gardens (Carol Tatkon and Center House), Passive Solar Greenhouse, Vista Garden, Tree Collection (Arboretum/Pinetum), Rock Garden, Hosta Garden, Pond Garden, Shade Garden, New Wave Garden, Perennial Border Garden, Herb Garden and Mixed Border Garden were all quite nice, all providing a variety of different types of gardens to see during our visit. Also, the living wall in the foyer entrance of the Center House was quite beautiful!!. The information on the growth cycles of annuals and perennials as well as Dead Heading in the Carol Tatkon Entry Garden is quite interesting and informative. Also, the structural design of the Passive Solar Greenhouse is definitely unique and educational, illustrating how solar heat can be effectively used, even in the very cold Berkshire winters. The Vista Garden nicely reflected characteristics of this time of year, We spent a little over an hour at the gardens during this visit. We were very glad that we visited the gardens this time. Last time, in late September, we encountered some small insects flying around in some of the gardens that were a bit bothersome and recommended wearing some bug spray and/or long sleeves and long pants to fully enjoy your experience. However, we did not encounter these insects this time. The Berkshire Gardens have been a very relaxing place to walk around and enjoy the scenery and nice gardens, definitely a great escape worth visiting. We enjoyed visiting these gardens each time we went there and we hope that you also have the opportunity to enjoy them as well.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Gia L wrote a review Jul 2020
Fairfield, Connecticut8 contributions2 helpful votes
Nice visit...spent about an hour wandering around looking at the lovely flowers and vegetable gardens. Friendly, laid back vibes. Felt safe during Covid. Everyone wore their masks and were socially distant.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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