Berkshire Botanical Garden celebrates National Public Gardens Week May 13 - 19 with a variety of activities and events including docent-led high spring tours, a plant sale, and a naming contest for six of the topiaries in its new collection. Half price admission to the Garden will be offered all week.
As a participant in the week-long event initiated by the American Public Gardens Association, BBG’s Center House fountain and entry garden will “Go Green” each night in a nationwide event recognizing the importance of public gardens and their role in communities. “Going Green” landmarks include Niagara Falls, LAX Airport, Los Angeles, Seattle’s Great Wheel, Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge in Boston, and the Helmsley Building in New York City, among others.
High spring tours will be offered free with admission on Wednesday, May 15 and Saturday, May 18 at 11:00 a.m. focusing on flowering trees and shrubs and early blooming perennials. The tour will also include a preview of Lucy’s Garden, a new topiary garden under construction and scheduled to open in June. Ongoing throughout the week is an extended Plant Sale including give-away plants while supplies last. The Center House Leonhardt Galleries currently feature “Nature Narratives: The Botanical Art of Carol Ann Morley,” a retrospective collection of botanical art works presented in colored pencil, pen and ink, graphite, carbon dust and pastel.
Visitors are invited to cast their ballots either in person or online to name six topiary llamas, reindeer, and peacocks now in residence at the Garden. Votes can also be submitted online.