The Berkshire Botanical Gardens is one of the oldest gardens in the US; they are open to the public from May to mid-October. Structurally, the 15 acre garden is laid out with different collections allowing for leisurely strolling along the paths. Selection of over 3000 species emphasizes plants and flowers that are native to the Berkshires. A diverse exhibit of outdoor sculptures and art installations are spread throughout the grounds and strategically placed benches provide a spot of contemplative thought. Gorgeous ruffled poppies and fragrant roses are a highlight of the summer season. It is the perfect place to stretch your legs after a drive out to the west of Massachusetts. The mountain air is clear and refreshing. Classes and workshops are offered year round and educational programs are available to schools in the surrounding area. There is also a well edited gift shop for gardening fans.