Spring is just around the corner and the activity is beginning to pick up at Berkshire Botanical Garden. The 24 acre facility just hosted their annual Bulb Show and the official season for their display gardens opens May 1st, 2021.
The seasonal opening of Berkshire Botanical Garden has been a prominent harbinger of spring for the Berkshires since 1934, making it one of the oldest botanical gardens in the northeast. Though the display gardens are seasonal, workshops and other special events are presented on campus all year ’round.
Visiting Berkshire Botanical Garden
Berkshire Botanical Garden is located at 5 West Stockbridge Road, in Stockbridge, MA, just a little over 6 miles from our Berkshires bed and breakfast, Applegate Inn.
The garden’s various groupings are spread across the 24 acres, with more than 30 different points of interest to explore. These separate garden exhibits are meticulous and delightful, vying for the best in both form and function.
Berkshire Botanical Garden sees itself as a museum of living things. Individual areas are designed like exhibits, to be as educational as they are visually striking. Plantings are primarily ornamental and functional native plants.
Well maintained walking paths connect the diverse garden displays, with plenty of benches throughout. Collections include herb, vegetable, blooming shrub, perennial, annual, pond, and rock gardens. There’s also an arboretum of native and exotic trees.
Garden highlights include things like the grafted Tree of Forty Fruit. When completed, this remarkable tree will produce up to 40 different varieties of heirloom fruit, including apricots, cherries, nectarines, plums, and peaches.
Another popular attraction is the topiary collection in Lucy’s Garden. Come see the unique shapes shrubs and trees can take when carefully formed and clipped. Fascinating.
The striking and historic, curved glass Fitzpatrick Conservatory houses the garden’s succulent and tropical collection. It is also home to the annual, March Bulb Show, which just passed.
2021 Event Schedule
2021 sees a return to an event schedule that was mostly non-existent last year, due to the pandemic.
Roy Boutard Day – May 2 – all day
A free event celebrating the start of the Berkshire Botanical Garden season.
Plant Sale – May 7-8, 10am to 3pm
Hundreds of plants curated with a focus on diversity and reliability.
Grow Show – August 21 and 22, 2021
This upbeat, judged event sees beautiful floral arrangements and the peak summer harvest.
Fête des Fleurs – July 3, 5pm to 8pm
An annual gala garden party filled with refreshments, entertainment, and surprises.
Harvest Festival 2021 – every weekend in October
Live music, local food trucks, breweries, and outdoor events celebrating fall.
Holiday Marketplace – December 3-5, 10am to 4pm
Choose from a collection of 100 unique wreaths, blooming plants, and other gift items.
Spend a few hours taking in the lush displays at Berkshire Botanical Garden, then come enjoy the gardens of Appelgate Inn.
Our Berkshires inn has 6-acres of grounds with manicured lawns, towering trees, and gardens planted with every flower imaginable. Our back lawns are a wonderful place for a picnic and we also have a heated swimming pool available during warm weather.
Come relax at Applegate Inn.