Botanical Itinerary

The Berkshires are full of gorgeous gardens with plants indigenous to the region. The Berkshire Botanical Garden is at the intersection of Routes 102 and 183.

BERKSHIRE BOTANICAL GARDEN – The Garden is open May through mid-October and emphasizes indigenous plants that thrive in the region. Popular annual events include the Plant Sale in May, the Flower Show, Fete de Fleurs Garden Party, Harvest Festival and Holiday Fair. The Garden is always a great place to explore, and usually there's something going on on the grounds. Check online for informative lectures on all things botanical, and a visit to the gift shop is intriguing with local resources like pots made by Campo di Fiori. www.berkshirebotanical.org   the garden is ope 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge (413) 298-3926 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge (413) 298-3926 

Continue on Route 102 to Stockbridge (West Stockbridge Road becomes Church Street, then a right onto Main Street leads to town.) Turn right on Route 7 (from the corner you'll see the Red Lion Inn across the street) and drive about 2 miles to Windy Hill Farm. On the way, just south of Stockbridge, the Housatonic River floodplain is always a beautiful view.

WINDY HILL FARM - Apple orchard, blueberry field, nursery and garden center, it's inspiring wandering around these gardens and orchards. The shop has great tools, beautiful books and objects for the garden. A big seasonal draw for picking blueberries or apples with the family, their cider is the best I've ever had (see slideshow posted on this site). www.windyhillfarminc.com 686 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington (413) 298-3217

Head south on Route 7 past Mounument Mountain on your right (a great place to hike – you can see as far north as Mount Greylock and west to the Catskills.) As you drive downhill on 7, turn right on Old Stockbridge Road, then a sharp right at Route 183/ North Park Street. Taft Farms will be on your left a few hundred yards up the road. Taft's is popular locally for produce and plants.

Taft is located on the corner of Park and Division Streets, so turn onto Division Street and head west, over the Housatonic River. On the right you'll pass the Guthrie Center – an Interfaith Church founded by Arlo Guthrie (corner of Van Deusenville Road). Stay on Division Street until you reach a blinking stoplight at Route 41. Turn right and drive north on Route 41/ North Plain Road for about a mile and a half.

PROJECT NATIVE - Nurtured and guided by environmental professionals, this is a local treasure for seeds and indigenous plants. For those interested in planting beautiful gardens and restoring the diversity of the region, walk the grounds and visit the shop for local seeds and books. www.projectnative.org  342 North Plain Road (Route 41), Great Barrington (413) 274-3433 

 

00 600 600 South Main Street, Great Barrington (413)   Ward  

CAFE ADAM Located just north of the center of Great Barrington, on Route 7/ Stockbridge Road, this bistro is a must - a favorite, with modern European cuisine. Outside seating (see slideshow). www.cafeadam.org 420 Stockbridge Road #3 (413) 528-7786.

BABA LOUIE'S WOOD FIRED ORGANIC SOURDOUGH PIZZA Salads with organic greens and sourdough pizzas with great ingredients. www.babalouiessourdoughpizzacompany.com 286 Main Street (413) 528-8100

BIZALION'S Driving a little further south on Main Street/Route 7, everything is excellent at this charcuterie-cafe. www.bizalions.com Located across from the fairgrounds at 684 Main Street #3 (413) 644-9988.

 

 

 

CAMPO DE' FIORI - Mossed terra cotta planters, plant stands & a great place to explore. www.campodefiori.com 1815 North Main Street,Rte , Sheffield (413) 528-1857

WARD'S NURSERY - Large garden center just south of town. www.wardsnursery.com  600 South Main Street, Great Barrington (413) 528-0166

GREAT BARRINGTON FARMER'S MARKET - Open Saturdays 9-1 at the Railroad Station behind Town Hall. www.gbfarmersmarket.org