Berkshire Botanical Garden
Fête des Fleurs takes flight!
On Saturday, July 3, we are bringing back one of the most beloved traditions in the BBG calendar: our Fête des Fleurs. At this year’s garden party, we are so pleased to honor our recently retired Director of Horticulture, Dorthe Hviid. Her going away party in 2020 was yet another casualty of the pandemic, so we can’t wait to publicly thank her for the enduring legacy she has left us at BBG. Over nearly three decades, Dorthe helped shape the Garden in countless ways, by creating and improving on garden design, plant choices, and ecological principles. During her tenure, Dorthe grew a dedicated and knowledgeable horticulture team, oversaw our college internship program, and perhaps most importantly, nurtured a dedicated community of BBG volunteers and friends.
While we thank Dorthe for her many contributions to BBG, we will share with you the magic of our garden grounds in high summer splendor. We invite you to stroll the grounds visiting the "cycles of the caterpillar" stations throughout the Garden, each serving delectable hors d'oeuvres prepared by chef Kate Baldwin. . . enjoy live music, toast the summer season with the evening's signature drink, "Dorthe's Delight". . . create a hat or fascinator at the pop-up hat shop (or have one made just for you!).
Set in the Great Oval, the Butterfly Tent will feature both sweet and savory surprises as we raise our glasses to Dorthe and her legacy at the Garden. In the Center House, visit Gregory Crewdson's eerily-beautiful Fireflies exhibition in the Leonhardt Galleries, and in the Center House classroom, meet the staff from The Caterpillar Lab and view hundreds of visiting caterpillars on display there.
Reserve now and Take Flight with us at Fête des Fleurs — one of the most beloved traditions on the BBG calendar!
All proceeds benefit the Garden's education and horticulture departments.