Garden Ornament: Completing the Picture at Berkshire Botanical Garden Antique Treasures Transform Berkshire Botanical Garden Stockbridge, Ma. June 9-Aug. 1. Variety of period antiques on 15 acre preserve.
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Antique Treasures Transform Berkshire Botanical Garden in New Exhibition
"Garden Ornament: Completing the Picture"
Opens in Stockbridge June 9, 2007
March 5, 2007-Stockbridge, Massachusetts -Beginning June 9 and on view until August 1, 2007, the Berkshire Botanical Garden will offer an exciting and entirely new garden-wide show: Garden Ornament: Completing the Picture, inspired by great gardens worldwide that seamlessly blend wonderful design, plantings, hardscape, and garden ornament. Tracey Young, owner of The Elemental Garden in Woodbury, Connecticut, will curate this live, in situ show demonstrating the critical role and impact that properly chosen and placed garden ornaments can have on completing a garden. " We selected this theme because of the popularity of the garden ornament trend and also to show how each of us can creatively enhance our gardens," says Berkshire Botanical Garden executive director, John Parker. "Tracey Young is a great friend and supporter, and we're delighted to have her refreshing point of view and great collection on display."
A noted dealer and specialist in English and French garden antiques, Ms. Young will enhance the unique spaces at Berkshire Botanical Garden with vintage and antique garden ornament chosen specifically for each setting. Pieces ranging from classical to whimsical and from rustic to formal will be integrated into the Berkshire Botanical Garden's colorful perennial beds, primrose walkways, parterres, terraced herb garden, award-winning daylilies, pond garden, and native borders. As one might punctuate personal gardens with treasures from long ago, the result will be a visual delight and inspiration.
Ms. Young, an avid gardener and garden designer, believes that less is more and that garden ornament should be chosen specifically to enhance the garden, but never to compete with it. "It's important to look at a garden from all angles, in all seasons, and in all types of light when considering what type of garden ornament will work best," says Tracey. "People should also remember that most ornaments are viewed from a distance, so scale is exceptionally important. Lastly, life is too short to live with things you don't love. If a piece doesn't make your heart beat faster, then it's not right for you or your garden. Make your final choice based first on the "WOW" factor, and then on more practical considerations such as maintenance, durability, and budget."
Created on land donated in 1934 by a Stockbridge resident seeking to help families grow food during wartime, the Berkshire Botanical Garden displays over 3,000 species on its 15 acres. Just a few blocks from Norman Rockwell's famous Main Street, the Garden is an important center for horticultural and environmental education. Special events, teacher and children's programs, horticulture certificate course, and classes are offered year-round. For membership and information visit www.berkshirebotanical.org, or call 413-298-3926.The Garden is open daily May 1 through October 14, from 10am-5pm at 5 West Stockbridge Road