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Roy Boutard Day

Sunday, May 2, 2021 (All day)

Center House and Gardens at Berkshire Botanical Garden


Held the first Sunday of May and honoring the Garden’s director who served the horticultural community from 1954 – 1984, Roy Boutard Day is a free event celebrating the opening of the Garden’s season.

We invite you to stroll the grounds, enjoy the first blooms of spring and join us for a traditional Maie Bowl reception hosted by our Herb Associates at noon.

Our Leonhardt Galleries will be bursting with intrigue and color as we welcome our first artist of this year's ART/GARDEN season "Taking Flight" with the exhibit, Flights of Fancy: The Botanical and Bejeweled Universe of Mindy LamMs. Lam will be in the galleries to welcome visitors from 10 a.m. to noon and 2-5 p.m.

For this very special exhibit, the Leonhardt Galleries will be transformed into a magical fairyland, with Lam’s dazzling adornments staged throughout. Located in the original C 1700s section of the Garden’s renovated Center House, the intimate galleries lend themselves to this unique exhibition, where three distinctive “gallery rooms” create a backdrop of wonder and intrigue. One room will feature the Homme Couture Collection in a fairy tale setting: within each one-of-a-kind brooch lies bejeweled creatures and floral elements made with precious metals, crystal, stones and vintage brooches. A smaller gallery room features an installation of a manmade ornamented garden containing nearly 500 Mindy Lam Classic original brooches, earrings and a lariat coming to life. The Wedding Room features Lam’s signature metal lace gown, a wearable sculpture originating with a single, delicate thread of wire. This gallery will also showcase her couture collection designed especially for once-in-a-lifetime events. All pieces will be available for purchase.  

Safety First: We are a COVID-compliant facility.

On-site programs and events follow capacity and social distancing guidelines. Masks are mandatory while in BBG buildings, and advance timed ticketing is required.
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