Berkshire Botanical Garden acquires five more acres of land, is now roughly 15 acres

(Emily Thurlow) Dorthe Hviid, director of Horticulture, has been with the garden since 1992.

STOCKBRIDGE — As an entity that flourishes on growth, Berkshire Botanical Garden is no stranger to development. But with a nearly 5-acre land acquisition, programming opportunities continue to sprout.

Earlier this year, the garden purchased 4.8 acres of undeveloped fields and woodlands on the east side of West Stockbridge Road in Stockbridge from its longtime neighbors, Paula and Homer “Skip” Meade for $285,000, said Michael Beck, executive director of Berkshire Botanical Garden. As part of the sale, the Meades, both members of the nonprofit educational organization, will maintain lifelong tenancy in their historical home.

The Meades approached the garden last fall to see if it was interested in pursuing the sale. With the purchase, the total acreage of Berkshire Botanical Garden is roughly 15 acres as well as its overflow parking lot, which accommodates 65 cars, said Beck.

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