Berkshire Botanical Gardens 85th Harvest Festival

I’ve checked out the BBG’s Harvest Festival before, but never realized it’s an event that’s been running for 85 years, strong.

One of many reasons to check out the Harvest Festival is the opportunity to see the BBG at a slightly lower cost then normal, and see even more.

The garden’s informal foyer includes a stone fountain spouting both water and fire, and was the first-place winner of the BBG’s 2017 design competition. The winners were a team of students from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville School of Landscape Architecture.

Among the many vendors was Berkshire Country Day School , which has built a flexible arts curriculum that deliberately integrates BCD’s program with fine and performing arts resources available throughout our region and community. The BBG itself offered many  activities for kids, from pumpkin-painting to the ever-popular hay jump… not to mention unicorns and flame-throwing jugglers.

The topiary garden, donated by Lucy and Nat Day, is considered one of the finest collections of topiaries in North America. Creator Matt Larkin, who happens to be the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s board chairman, is principal of Grant Larkin Designs in Richmond, Mass.

And of course, no Fall Festival is complete without gobs of delicious noms, including sweet potato fries made on-site, homemade lobster bisque, and Island Cow Ice cream — hand-made ice cream by Robert and Jane Walters, owners of the Island Cow Ice Cream Co. in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, for the past 20 years.

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