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Discover Berkshire Botanical Garden!

The Berkshire Botanical Garden welcomes you to tour our 24-acre jewel, conveniently located in the heart of the Berkshires, minutes from many other cultural attractions such as the Norman Rockwell Museum and Tanglewood. Guided public tours are offered daily, June 1 through September 1 at 11:00 a.m., weather permitting. Tours leave from the Visitor Center and are free with Garden admission.

Produced by Sandpail Productions with voice talent provided by Grace Angela Henry, our self-guided audio tour allows visitors to walk at their own pace while listening to narrated commentary located at 21 points of interest throughout the 24-acre Garden. Self-guided tours are available free with Garden admission.  

The gardens serve as a living classroom with plant material well labeled for self-guided tours, and are an inspiration for all visitors – gardeners and tourists alike. Seating is available throughout, allowing our visitors to find a sunny or shady spot to contemplate the Garden. To enhance the Garden experience, featured outdoor design, sculpture, and architectural exhibits are sited throughout the Garden. Our featured 23 display gardens are designed with beauty and aesthetics in mind, highlighting plants that thrive in the Berkshires.


Some highlights of Berkshire Botanical Garden

  • Historic herb garden, est. 1937, contains over 100 varieties of herbs.
  • Enchanting Procter Garden, an old-fashioned mixed border garden.
  • Pond and Rock Gardens, home to plants that thrive in specific environments.
  • Towering Arboretum, a diverse selection of native and exotic tree species.
  • A collection of stunning seasonal displays including fruit and vegetable beds, bulbs, annuals, grasses, vines, perennials, blooming shrubs and trees and ground covers.
  • The new topiary collection recently donated to the Garden and considered one of the finest collections in North America. It includes 21 large, custom-designed topiaries in nine different vignettes.  

 


The Garden terrain is generally wheelchair-friendly, though some trails are slightly inclined and heavy rainstorms can temporarily make some paths difficult to traverse. Visitors must provide their own wheelchairs.

Allow enough time to stop by our Visitor Center to learn more about the Garden, our history and the many classes, events and programs that we offer throughout the year. Souvenirs and light snacks are also available.


Private Group Tours

Safety First: We are a COVID compliant facility.

General information: Guided tours focusing on seasonal highlights, and an in-depth look at the riches of the display gardens by our Garden staff and volunteers, are available with advance notice for groups of 10 or more. Our season extends from May 1 through Indigenous People's Day. Groups may choose to bring a picnic lunch or arrange for box lunches from one of several fine local dining establishments. Private group tours are not offered on Tuesdays.

Planning a group tour? 

Self-Guided Tour: Explore the Garden at your own pace. Scheduled daily.
Group size 10-30: $15 per person

Guided Garden Tour: Led by experienced Garden Guides, these walking tours give an in-depth
interpretation of the gardens, including seasonal highlights. Tours are 45-60 minutes, and visitors
are encouraged to stay and explore on their own. Scheduled daily, subject to availability of guides.

Group size 10-40 $15 per person plus the fee for the tour guide(s) is:

$50 for 11-20 ppl - 1 tour guide
$100 for 21-30 ppl - 2 tour guides
$150 for 31-40 ppl - 3 tour guides

Educational Programs: Garden staff will provide a 40-minute talk and demonstration focused on
seasonal gardening topics.

Topics include: Container Gardens, Propagating Plants and Garden to Table Culinary Delights.

Customized Programs: Designed for groups with specific interests.

Group Lunches: Boxed lunch options are available from The Red Lion Inn. Contact us for menus
and details. Picnic tables are available in the Garden and an indoor dining area is available in case
of inclement weather.

For more information, contact Jennifer Patton by email or call her at 413 298-3926, ext 15.  


School Group Tours

BBG provides discounted rates for teachers wishing to bring their class on a field trip. Please visit the Farm in Garden Field Trips page for more information.


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    Your donation helps us to educate and inspire visitors of all ages on the art and science of gardening and the preservation of our environment.

    All Donations are 100% tax deductible.