The Berkshire Botanical Garden was founded in 1936 (as the Berkshire Garden Center) by the Lenox Garden Club. Located on 15 acres in Stockbridge MA, it comes into its own during the late Spring and Summer months.
A delightful show called “Windswept: The Garden celebrates the beauty of wind” has flown into the Garden for this summer. Curated by the architecture and design shop called R T Facts, Kent CT, the show features sculptural pieces from their collections like the antique metal flags shown in front of the center house, the garden’s first structure.
Standing like purple sentinels in a large patch of Gunnera, Garden Sequins by Richard Griggs acts like super skinny scarecrows made out of vertical geometric forms of the purple posts contrasted with the ornamentation of reflecting and moving discs of CDs.
On closer inspection, the row of mostly children’s clothing, permanently immortalized takes on a more chilling aspect. The fact that the actual clothes, either cast or dunked repeatedly in plaster, are very heavy and do not billow and flow in the wind contributes to this somber effect.