Gardens of the Berkshires

The Berkshire hills are a natural destination for horticulturalists and garden enthusiasts.  A new consortium, Gardens of the Berkshires, offers eight sites with designed landscapes for the discerning visitor.  We are proud to protect, preserve, and restore these garden treasures of the Berkshires.  We welcome individuals, families and group tours.

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In addition to Chesterwood, visit these lovely Gardens of the Berkshires today:

Ashintully Gardens were created during the mid-20th century by the musician John McLennan.  Natural elements, such as native trees, a stream, grass terraces and meadows, are defined and connected by architectural features, statuary, foot bridges and stone stairs.  A woodland trail leads to the ruins of a once-stately mansion and a view over the Tyringham Valley.  Open seasonally on selected days.  Visit us online or call (413) 298-3239. A property of The Trustees of Reservations.

Ashintully Gardens (Photo courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations)

Ashintully Gardens (Photo courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations)

Berkshire Botanical Garden, a center for horticultural education, has 15 acres of display gardens, an arboretum and interpretive woodland trails.  Plants that thrive in the Berkshires predominate, with more than 3,000 species and varieties; gardens are laid out on a residential scale to provide a practical model for the homeowner.  Classes for all ages and skill levels, as well as community events, are offered year-round.  Grounds are open 10 – 5 daily, May 1 – Columbus Day, located at the intersection of Routes 102 & 183, Stockbridge.  Visit us online or call (413) 298-3926.

Berkshire Botanical Garden (Photo courtesy of Berkshire Botanical Garden)

Berkshire Botanical Garden (Photo courtesy of Berkshire Botanical Garden)

Hancock Shaker Village demonstrates the herb and vegetable gardens of the Shaker communities who lived there during the 19th and early 20th centuries.  The Shakers were the first to market packaged seeds to the general public.  More than one hundred varieties of herbs, medicinal plants, heirloom vegetable and seed beds provide a changing pattern of color and scent over the growing seasons.  Workshops in organic gardening and root cellar food storage are available.  Open April – October, hours vary seasonally, located just west of junction Routes 20 & 41, Pittsfield.  Visit us online or call (413) 443-0188 or (800) 817-1137.

Round Stone Barn at Hancock Shaker Village (Photo courtesy of Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA)

Round Stone Barn at Hancock Shaker Village (Photo courtesy of Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA)

The Mission House was built c. 1743 by the Rev. John Sergeant, first minister to the Stockbridge Mohicans.  In the late 1920’s, landscape architect Fletcher Steele created a Colonial Revival garden for the historic house, demonstrating that Colonial gardens were both useful and beautiful.  The Dooryard Garden and the Orchard combine flowers, trees, herbs and fruit trees in a pleasing way.  The Well Court is an enclosed working “yard.”  And the East Lawn provides a lovely face to Main Street.  Gardens open daily Memorial Day weekend – Columbus Day, 19 Main St, Stockbridge.  1 block west of the Red Lion Inn. Visit us online or call (413) 298-3239.  A property of The Trustees of Reservations.

Mission House (Photo courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations)

Mission House (Photo courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations)

 The Mount Estate and Gardens were designed by renowned American writer Edith Wharton in 1902.  During her years at The Mount, she created distinctive gardens, incorporating her favorite European influences into the Berkshire landscape.  Today the 49-acre woodland estate includes three acres of exquisite formal gardens featuring an Italian walled garden, a 17th century-style French flower garden, grass steps and terraces, and a lime walk lined with pleached linden trees.  Open daily May – October, Plunkett St in Lenox just off Route 7.  Visit us online or call (413) 551-5111. 

Edith Wharton's The Mount (Photo by David Dashiell, courtesy of The Mount, Lenox, MA)

Edith Wharton's The Mount (Photo by David Dashiell, courtesy of The Mount, Lenox, MA)

Naumkeag, the summer estate of the Choate family, is distinguished by its beautifully landscaped grounds set within 40 acres of woodlands and meadows, with a view over Stockbridge and the surrounding mountains.  The eight acres of gardens were originally  designed by Nathan Barrett, and transformed and expanded between 1926 and 1956 by landscape architect Fletcher Steele working with Mabel Choate.  Distinctive garden “rooms” include a rose garden, an enclosed Chinese garden, and the famous Blue Steps, a series of fountain pools overhung by graceful birch trees descending the hillside.  Open daily Memorial Day weekend – Columbus Day, 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge.  Visit us online or call (413) 298-3239.  A property of The Trustees of Reservations.

Naumkeag (Photo courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations)

Naumkeag (Photo courtesy of The Trustees of Reservations)

 The Vincent J. Hebert Arboretum at Springside Park, an educational and environmental center established in 1999, displays a collection of trees, and formal and natural landscapes set within an urban park, including several demonstration gardens.  The 231-acre arboretum is home to many large shade trees and can be explored by a network of well-maintained trails.  A master plan and ecological restoration plan for the site was developed by students at the Conway School of Landscape Design.  Open daily from dawn to dusk, located at Springside Park, Pittsfield.  Visit us online.

The Vincent J. Hebert Arboretum (Photo courtesy of Hebert Arboretum)

The Vincent J. Hebert Arboretum (Photo courtesy of Hebert Arboretum)

 
 

Daniel Chester French Sculptures (Flickr)

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Contact Us

Address:
4 Williamsville Road (physical address)
PO Box 827 (mailing address)
Stockbridge, MA 01262

Telephone: 413.298.3579
Extension 25218 for Admissions/Shop
Extension 25210 for additional tour information,
including group reservations

Fax: 413.298.1065
Email: chesterwood@savingplaces.org

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