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.
Established in 1934, it is among the oldest gardens in the region. The gardens have evolved and expanded over the years in breadth and variety; the newest addition, Lucy's Garden, is a whimsical topiary collection featuring 22 exotic creatures and other ‘live’ sculptures
The grounds encompass 24 acres and feature dozens of unique garden spaces illustrating design concepts and plant selections suited to the home gardener. These include many mixed border gardens, contemplative Pond Garden, historic 1937 Herb Garden, iconic Daylily Walk, established perennial borders for sun and shade, tree collection, Children’s Discovery Garden, Foster Rock Garden, raised bed vegetable gardens, and native plant gardens.
The display areas feature over 3,000 species and varieties of herbaceous and woody plants that thrive in challenging USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5b, where winter temperatures can often be below zero degrees and our last frost date is in late May.