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Treading lightly out upon a verdant field of tender shoots, they had their fingers crossed. The news is (mostly) excellent.

When we acknowledge the garden as an ever-changing ecosystem, we can work to support nature’s cycles. For six weeks last spring, students from Lenox Memorial Middle and High School strived to do just that.

The emphasis given to fostering pollinators has had a side effect: exacerbating a conflict already rife among gardeners.

A full 55 years ago, Susan was first introduced to Berkshire Botanical Garden, an institution upon which she has come to rely, and not just for salad dressing. BBG has been a brain trust for all things horticultural and an epicenter of endearing friendships. 

Typically, we spend these hot days rushing around with hoses, trying to quench the thirst of our plants. According to the latest climate research, summer is only going to get more challenging, too, here in the Northeast.

Among the many worthy works Berkshire Botanical Garden engages in beyond its botanic borders in Stockbridge, Mass., is this weekly assemblage of positivity at the headquarters of Blue Q.

What surprised me was the response of online readers to my story. Most indicated amusement; many asserted that Nature hates lawns and that it was sending me a message to plant something else. 

I’m not partial to the use of pesticides. As a rule, if a plant in my garden cannot survive without them, I replace it with something else. However ...

Until recently, my understanding of naturally based gardening has been plant-centric and frankly reactionary.

These plants were a home gardener’s staple when I was first learning my horticulture back in the 1970s.

Including outdoor sculptures in the gardens and indoor artwork in the Leonhardt Galleries, “Symbiosis” aesthetically merges art and the botanical world. Curated by renowned art collector Beth Rudin DeWoody.

The Lost Lamb can be found here — at Berkshire Botanical Garden. Our cafe is open Thursdays through Sundays, from 11 to 3 p.m.

We have a new neighbor and friend here at Berkshire Botanical Garden. Scott Lambert, along with his five siblings, has donated 3.46 acres to us. 

One of the things I love about gardeners is the enthusiasm they typically bring to their craft. Enthusiasm, however, to be productive, must be based on a foundation of sound information.

Congratulations to BBG’s Madeline Hooper, who with personal fitness trainer Jeff Hughes has created “GardenFit,” a new TV series that premiered on PBS in March.

A comprehensive installation of Hunt Slonem’s signature artwork featuring bunnies, butterflies, tropical birds and orchids.

Curated by Sue Muskat and Phil Knoll, "Shimmer" brings light to dark times.

An exhibition of nature-inspired work by Community Access To Arts (CATA) artists with disabilities.

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