Martha Stewarts Garden in the Berkshires

If you didn’t already know from my website, my passion is photographing flowers and sharing their beauty and the lessons they have to teach us. I find the flowers I photograph in my garden and cutting garden, along the road and in meadows, and in friends’ gardens. I also plan special trips to visit the many beautiful botanical gardens and arboretums all over the country and abroad.

One of my trips to explore and seek out new flowers was to the Berkshire Botanical Garden (BBG) in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The Berkshires are well-known for a variety of good reasons, as there is so much to enjoy in the mountains of western Massachusetts. From the Berkshire Botanical Garden to Tanglewood, with its international reputation for music festivals, to the delightful town of Lenox which has everything you could ever want: delectable food, great walking, shops of all kinds including my favorite kind, an independent bookstore, The Bookstore, that also has a wine bar (untried to date but very tempting). And for the yoga enthusiast, Kripalu is nearby, too.

The featured photo above is a small rendition of a traditional cottage garden created by guest gardener Martha Stewart and her team for the BBG’s 75th anniversary in 2009. The charming shed has a slightly pitched roof covered with natural moss, which I adore and my husband would abhor. It’s surrounded by a playful mix of flowers, both heirloom varieties and modern cultivars, of differing heights and textures, with subtle transitions of colors all nicely tied together with a rustic low-lying fence.

This is just one small space in this lovely botanical garden. There is so much to explore there that I look forward to going back every year. A visit to the bookstore is a must, and next time I plan to sample their wine bar.

Please share with me below your favorite botanical garden or arboretum as I would love to add it to my list of places to visit and photograph.

Martha Stewart’s Traditional Cottage Garden Rendition. Photographed @ Berkshire Botanical Garden.

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