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STAIR GALLERIES

ELYSE HARNEY

BERKSHIRE GROWN

Parties & Openings


Dec. 1 – Stockbridge
BBG's Center House Debut

Nov. 29 – North Adams
BFMC Meetup

Nov. 18 – Pittsfield
Festival of Trees

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BBG’s Newly Renovated Center House Makes Its Debut

Amy Krzanik reports from Stockbridge. In advance of its 27th annual Holiday Marketplace and Gallery of Wreaths, the Berkshire Botanical Garden welcomed donors to a very special reception on Friday, Dec. 1. The event, in addition to being a chance to preview this year’s handmade wreaths and swags, doubled as a first look at the completed Center House renovation. The restoration and expansion of the late 18th century building (one of the oldest in Stockbridge) was a year-long process which made room for three art galleries, a teaching kitchen, a botanical library, and classroom and office space. The historic elements of the building were preserved, while state-of-the-art features like a living plant wall and technological upgrades were added. The extra space and functionality will allow the Garden to have more of a year-round presence in the Berkshires.


Mass. State Senator Adam Hinds with BBG Chairman of the Board and Center House designer Matt Larkin in front of the living wall; Diane Saunders with Lauretta Harris, president of the BBG’s volunteer association, and Louis Cohen.


Trustee Ian Hooper and board vice president Madeline Hooper flank Lainie Grant; the project’s builder Greg Schnopp and its Architect of Record Mark Smith.


Trustee Jeannene Booher and volunteer Sally Soluri; BBG’s education coordinator Bridgette Stone with trustee Kip Towl and Margot Towl.


Two examples of handmade wreaths available at this year’s auction.


Liz Murray, Michael Pulitzer and trustees Ramelle Pulitzer and Mary Copeland; William and Mari Binne.


Dorthe Hviid, BBG’s director of horticulture, with John Zutter; donors Marcia Feuer, Matt Larkin and Kate Morris.


Trustee Mark Walker, Tania Walker and the Garden’s director, Michael Beck; Jock and Jytte Brooks with trustee KK Zutter.

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