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Berkshire Botanical Garden Plant Sale

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On Friday, May 8th, the Berkshire Botanical Garden kicks off its two-day Annual Plant Sale, a Stockbridge tradition that has been going strong since 1977.  Thousands of plants, including many rare and unusual perennials, trees and shrubs will be on sale at prices described, with classic Yankee restraint, as “reasonable.”  Eager beavers may pay a fee to enter early on Friday to get first dibs on exotics and (more to the point) such tried-and-true workhorses as Leucanthemum, Agastache, Hydrangea paniculata, Calycanthus, Daylilys, Hosta, Iris, Geranium, Amelanchier, Cotinus, Clematis, and Viburnum.  Otherwise, admission and parking are free.

Experts from the Garden’s staff and knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and provide practical advice about growing and caring for plants. (Written planting and care instructions are provided for each plant sold.) There also will be free garden designs, created by the Garden’s horticultural staff, that feature many of the plants that will be in the sale.  These designs—for a sunny shrub border, a mixed border of shrubs and perennials, and a native plant border —can be used either as inspiration or as a blueprint.

“And don’t forget a gift for Mother’s Day,” suggests Dorthe Hviid, Director of Horticulture at the Garden. “We’re offering Gardens-in-a-Box, hanging baskets, pre-planted containers for sun and shade, as well as pre-planted pots of succulents, and mini-lettuce-and-herb planters.”

Rural Intelligence StyleSelect vendors will sell organically grown herbs and vegetables, native wetland plants, rustic garden furniture, metal garden decorations, hypertufa [lightweight concrete] troughs and planters, and top-quality, pre-bagged organic compost from Holiday Farm in Dalton. BBG has a stylish new signature pot, in sizes ranging from 4.5” @ $12 to 11” @ $40, and there are also pre-planted containers perfect for Mother’s Day, May 10.  Botanical Garden Members will get a 10% discount on all their plant purchases; memberships may be purchased or renewed during the sale.

Old, new, and gently-used gardening books and cookbooks also will be available, and the Botanical Garden’s Gift Shop will be holding it’s own Spring Cleaning Sale, with 25% to 50% savings on a wide range of garden-related gifts, gear, and accessories.
Berkshire Botanical Garden
5 West Stockbridge Road (intersection Rtes 102 & 183), Stockbridge; 413.298.3926
During plant sale admission to the display gardens is free.
Admission: free except for early buying: Friday, May 8th; 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.; free/members, $10/non-members
Friday May 8th; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 9th; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Refreshments available.

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