The redbuds bloom by the pond on May Day. The day lilies riot in high summer. And on a fall morning when the milkweed pods have split and sent out silken threads, a local woman who grew up walking in the woods near here leads a walk to talk about gathering native seeds.

In a quiet corner of Stockbridge, the Berkshire Botanical Garden has cared for 20 acres of land since 1934.The gardens open to visitors from May to early October, and in 2018 the garden expanded year-round into a renovated farm house with a gallery of rotating art exhibits, a library of garden books and a new teaching kitchen.

In winter, the garden holds talks and workshops for gardeners planning for the spring, and cooking classes with natural ingredients. Local beekeepers meet here, and local experts teach baking with ancient grains, homebrewing, herbal infusions, plein air painting or photography.

The garden also holds community events in each season, including the annual Grow Show in August, the Harvest Festival in early October and holiday wreathes in December.

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