Parties & Openings
March 16 - Williamstown
WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
Summertime In Bloom For Fete Des Fleurs
Rachel Louchen reports from Lenox. Berkshire Botanical Garden’s 15 acres of flowers and gardens were replaced by croquet on the lawn of The Lenox Club for the annual Fete Des Fleurs, one of the most anticipated events for BBG (second only to October’s Harvest Festival). On Saturday, July 30, guests huddled under the large, wraparound porch for shelter from the impending rain, which created a foggy lawn and hazy summer mood. The gathering always draws longtime volunteers, donors and board members past and present, including this years’ honorees Jo Dare and Bob Mitchell. As always, there were cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, an auction and supper — but surprisingly, no giant garden hats this year. [Above, Executive director Michael Beck and his husband, Beau Buffier.]
Sara Garretson, Drew Clark, Candy Clark and Cathy Clark.
Richard Taylor, whose wife is “deeply involved” with the BBG, and trustee Rob Williams, who served as event co-chair; Mark Nelson, Peter Johnson, Dana Johnson and Kate Johnson visiting from Napa Valley, California.
Syd and Lee Blatt flank event honoree Jo Dare Mitchell; party sponsors Carol Williams and Rob Williams with Ginger Schwartz and Arthur Schwartz.
Former trustee Susan Dempsey, emeritus trustee Jean Rousseau and Joey Leggett.
Paul Hickey and Jim Garrettson; Ingrid Taylor helped with flowers for the event, with Lynn Villency, from Connecticut.
Judie Owens, Katherine Abrahams, Glenna Bloom and Marty Bloom.