Playhouses are in bloom at Berkshire Botanical Garden!
My mother and I planned to visit the gardens for an hour or so, and then head to the Stockbridge Playground for a picnic lunch, once the kids got bored. Little did we know we’d be the two in our party that would wind up whining about sore feet and the need for a snack. We could barely keep up with the kids…
The first thing they spotted straight out of the gate was the Children’s Discovery Garden, where they tied wishes to the “wishing tree”, watered flowers, dug in the sandbox, crawled through tunnels, chatted with chickens and even did a little painting.
Next up was Great Barrington designer, Allen Timmons’ “A Cottage for Kids”, which excited them so much that they started off at a steady sprint to discover the next treasure the gardens had to offer.
The only thing that slowed them down was the discovery of a Llama, “bunny with a pig nose” and two of the cutest calves and kids (goats) that we’ve ever crossed paths with.
As we approached the cross walk leading to the Northern portion of the grounds, we spotted eight more structures dotting the gardens on the opposite side of Route 102. My daughter squeezed my hand and whispered, “Mommy, look! It’s just like Andrew Henry’s Meadow!” (her all-time favorite book)
In the meadow we discovered a “hobbit house”, a birdcage fit for a tea party, a chair best suited for a giant, an enchanted teepee, a shepherd’s wagon fit for a queen, a futuristic hide out and a medieval castle for young “knights” to stage a battle.
The gardens are open 9 – 5 daily, though Columbus Day. Admission is FREE for kids under 12 and $15 for adults. Visit on a Tuesday in 2017 for half off admission! Visit their website for more information.