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Roy Boutard Day

May 1 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

A magnolia opens wide blooms above a stone bench at Berkshire Botanical Garden.
Photo by Kate Abbott

Berkshire Botanical Garden’s 88th outdoor season opens with the annual Roy Boutard Day, a free community celebration.

Admission to the Garden is free all day to stroll the 24-acre grounds with spring blooming bulbs and trees, blooming crabapple, redbud and shadblow, perennials from hellebores to marsh marigolds. The Herb Associates will serve an assortment of herb-infused cookies and Mai Bowle, a May wine punch. The day also includes activities for children.

The Garden’s Leonhardt Galleries will show the first artists of this year’s Art/Garden season, this year with the theme of symbiosis. This first exhibit, Shimmer, curated by Sue Muskat and Phil Knoll, brings together 38 artists whose drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures are ignited by paying attention, by being present and making a record, chronicling the condition of life.

Redbud blooms in May at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge.
Berkshire Botanical Garden / Photo by Kate Abbott

Redbud blooms in May at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge.

May also marks the beginning of the Garden’s summer education program, with workshops and classes on gardening, botanical drawing and painting and more.

May 1 Schedule

9 a.m. — Garden opens for the season

10 a.m. – Garden tour led by Chris Ferrero

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Horticulture Certificate Program graduation

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Lee Buttala workshop: Direct Sowing

Noon to 1 p.m. – Spring into the Garden (children’s activities)

1 to 3 p.m. — Mai Bowle reception, includes herb-infused cookies and the traditional wine punch prepared by the Garden’s Herb Associates

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Eric Ruquist workshop: Propagating Dahlias (pre-registration is required)

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Always held the first Sunday of May, Roy Boutard Day honors the Swedish horticulturist who came to the United States from Canada in the 1950s after graduating from England’s Royal Horticultural Society Gardens.

He served as the Garden’s venerable executive director from 1955 to 1985. Boutard wrote a regular gardening column for The Berkshire Eagle and hosted a gardening show on WBEC. Under his direction, the Garden expanded its grounds and educational offerings, and won numerous gardening awards.

You can also attend the Horticulture Certificate Program graduation, followed by a reception hosted by the Herb Associates, a volunteer group that, for 65 years, has created herbal products from the Garden’s 1937 herb garden.

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Date:
May 1
Time:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Event Location

Berkshire Botanical Garden
5 West Stockbridge Road
Stockbridge, MA
413.298.3926

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