The Garden’s Mission
The Garden’s mission is to fulfill the community’s need for information, education and inspiration concerning the art and science of gardening and the preservation of our local environment.
Established in 1934 as the “Berkshire Garden Center” and revered as one of the older public display gardens in the Northeast, Berkshire Botanical Garden is a not-for-profit, membership-supported educational organization encompassing 24 acres of land at the intersection of Routes 102 and 183 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The Garden is open year-round for classes, lectures, workshops and exhibits, and the display gardens can be visited daily through October 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Timed, ticketed admission is required for all visitors. Click here to plan your visit. View a Garden album.
A showcase of horticulture and garden design and a “museum of living things,” Berkshire Botanical Garden features dozens of display areas that are educational, functional, and highly ornamental, with plant collections emphasizing plants that are native to the Northeast or that thrive in Zone 5b. Among the oldest in the region, the gardens have evolved and expanded over the years in breadth and variety, with its newest, "Lucy's Garden" featuring topiary animals and other 'live' sculptures, opened in June, 2019. See a Map of the Garden.
Online and on-campus classes, workshops, lectures, exhibits and special events are offered year-round. The Garden also offers a broad variety of educational programs to school children both onsite and at local schools.
Major annual events that will return in 2021 include the Plant Sale, the Grow Show, the Fête des Fleurs Garden Party, the Harvest Festival and the Holiday Marketplace. The Harvest Festival was first held in 1935 as the Garden’s first fundraising event and has since become the Berkshires’ best-known end-of-season community gathering.
Group tours are currently being scheduled for the 2021 season by calling 413 320-4794.