The Garden’s Mission
The Garden’s mission is to fulfill the community’s need for information, education and inspiration concerning the art and science of gardening and the preservation of our local environment.
Established in 1934 as the “Berkshire Garden Center” and revered as one of the older public display gardens in the Northeast, Berkshire Botanical Garden is a not-for-profit, membership-supported educational organization encompassing more than 15 acres of land at the intersection of Routes 102 and 183 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The Garden is open year-round for classes, lectures, workshops and exhibits, and the display gardens can be toured daily from May 1 through Columbus Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Group tours are available by appointment by calling 413 320-4794.
A showcase of horticulture and garden design and a “museum of living things,” Berkshire Botanical Garden features dozens of display areas that are educational, functional, and highly ornamental, with plant collections emphasizing plants that are native to the Northeast or that thrive in Zone 5b. Among the oldest in the region, the gardens have evolved and expanded over the years in breadth and variety.
Classes, workshops, lectures, exhibits and special events are offered year-round. The Garden also offers a broad variety of educational programs to school children both onsite and at local schools.Our involvement in the Roots Rising program gives disadvantaged youth real and paying work in local horticultural and agribusinesses, providing a trifecta of learning, income and career opportunity.
Major annual events include the Plant Sale, the Grow Show, the Fête des Fleurs Garden Party, the Harvest Festival and the Holiday Marketplace. The Harvest Festival was first held in 1935 as the Garden’s first fundraising event and has since become the Berkshires’ best-known end-of-season community gathering.