Berkshire Botanical Gardens-Stockbridge

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If I could be in the garden 365 days of the year that is where I would be found so it is not a surprise when we initially moved to the area, the Berkshire Botanical Gardens received my membership within the first month of our arrival. Only a 10 minute drive from the Inn, I visit often checking out the newest blossoms, looking for a distinctive gift in their home and garden shop or sitting on a quiet bench to read. Founded in 1934 and open from May 1-Columbus Day  [daily 10-5pm], the 15 acre complex is a lively center for horticulture, educational programs and community events. Their annual plant sale will be held May 6,7 this year where guests have the opportunity to browse through 300 varieties of flowering perennials as well as special sections of ferns, vines, grasses, etc. I will certainly be there once again in a few weeks,  returning to the Inn with my car trunk filled with unique and beautiful specimens looking for a new home!

 

Ahhhhh………spring in the Berkshires

I am very happy to be back blogging after a month’s absence. As some of you are aware, we closed the inn during March and headed south in search of warm temps and lots of sunshine. Feeling rested and rejuvenated, we are thrilled to be back in the gorgeous Berkshires where spring has indeed arrived.

I took a “walkabout” in our yard yesterday with my gardening journal excited to see so many of the numerous bulbs I planted last fall showing their little faces. The cleaning of the greenhouse is on my “to do” list so I can begin to sow a few early seeds. [Parsley, basil and dill are a top priority as they appear in our signature breakfast frittata.] Since this is my first attempt at this undertaking, and being a former educator, I have been completing my “homework”! One of the best gardening websites I have found is Margaret Roach’s [www.awaytogarden.com] and when I emailed her asking for planting suggestions, she responded within the hour. So, after my research is complete, the greenhouse is open and aired and the new seeds are sorted, I will slip on my new bright red gardening gloves and get to work!

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