If you’ve never made a visit to Berkshire Botanical Garden (BBG), you’re truly missing out. Even non-gardeners are wowed by the stunning display. 24 acres of meticulously groomed display gardens, walking paths, manicured lawns, and 3 greenhouses.
BBG is located in Stockbridge, MA just over 6 miles from our Berkshires bed and breakfast, Applegate Inn. The Garden also has the distinction of being one of the oldest public display gardens in the Northeast, having opened in 1934.
BBG is designed as a “museum of living things,” with display areas that are meant to be as educational and functional as they are ornamental.
The Garden focus is primarily on native plants but also includes non-native species that thrive in the Berkshires climate.
Displays include a historic herb garden with over 100 varieties of herbs, pond and rock gardens, and an arboretum containing native and exotic trees. Seasonal displays include fruit and vegetable beds, bulbs, annuals, grasses, vines, blooming shrubs and trees, perennials, and ground covers.
The Garden is also home to one of the finest topiary collections in North America. The recently donated collection includes 21 large, custom-designed topiaries in nine different vignettes. Fascinating!
Special Events and Opening Day
While the display gardens are only open May 1st through Columbus Day every year, the facility itself presents classes, lectures, workshops, and exhibits throughout the year.
One of the first big events of the year is on right now – The Bulb Show!
The annual Bulb Show is a showcase of both New England and South African flowering bulbs. Enjoy a display of narcissus, tulip, grape hyacinth, and other native bulbs as they bloom alongside a unique collection of South African bulbs. This free event is held in BBG’s Fitzpatrick Greenhouse – March 2nd to the 29th, 9am to 4pm, daily.
The Bulb Show is just the beginning of Berkshire Botanical Garden’s spring celebrations.
Display Gardens Opening Day – May 1
Lenox Garden Club Daffodil Show – May 4-5, 1pm – 4pm
Roy Boutard Day – May 5, 9am – 5pm
Plants and Answers: Be-a-Better-Gardener Plant Sale – May 8-9, 9am – 5pm
Berkshire Botanical Garden
5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262
Gallery Hours: weekdays, 10am to 4pm | weekends, 11am – 3pm, year-round.
Display Gardens: May 1st through Columbus Day, 9am to 5pm, daily.
While the Garden features wheelchair friendly paths, the terrain is variable and some areas may offer limited accessibility. Seating is available throughout the Garden.
While BBG is definitely worth your time, guests of our Berkshires inn don’t actually have to go anywhere to see beautiful gardens.