The Scene | Berkshire Botanical Garden Gala: Lucy's Garden, topiaries debut at Fete des Fleurs Gala


STOCKBRIDGE — Berkshire Botanical Garden celebrated the opening of Lucy's Garden, revealing 22 annual topiaries during its annual Fete des Fleurs Gala on June 8.

The topiaries were donated by Lucy and Nat Day of Greenwich, Conn.

Held outside in a garden reminiscent of a Monet painting, the gala was attended by about 200 people.

Among the guests were Renny Reynolds, a renowned garden designer and owner of the florist company Renny and Reed in New York City and Palm Beach, Fla.; noted garden author Jack Staub and Lee Buttala, the Emmy Award-winning producer of Martha Stewart Living and editor of "The Seed Garden, the Art and Practice of Seed Saving."

The annual event raised more than $60,000 for the organization's educational and cultural programs, garden maintenance and staffing needs, according to Matt Larkin, chairman of the Berkshire Botanical Garden's board of trustees.

Those who attended were treated to a buffet dinner catered by chef Brian Alberg and Main Street Hospitality Group, live music by swing band The Late Risers, caricatures by artist Mike Briggs and a signature cocktail, Rites of Spring Punch, by United Kingdom-based Tenure Vodka.

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The highlight of the evening was the unveiling of the topiaries in the newly created permanent exhibit Lucy's Garden.

Each topiary in the show represents a different country. The most impressive is "Jumbo the elephant," on which guests, assisted by a personal attendant, could sit in a howdah and enjoy the view.

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Other topiaries included llamas, a peacock, reindeer and crocodiles.

1. Gala honorees Lucy and Nat Day.

2. Ed Baptiste and Wendy Philbrick, in her custom-designed hat.

3. Matt Larkin, chairman of the Berkshire Botanical Garden's board of trustees.

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4. Berkshire Botanical Garden trustees Madeline and Ian Hooper.

5. Berkshire Botanical Director of Education Chris Wellens, Emmy Award-winning television producer Lee Buttala, renowned garden designer Renny Reynolds and garden author Jack Staub.

6. Berkshire Botanical Garden Director Michael Beck.

7. Sheila and Randy Thunfors, owners and brokers of Stone House Properties Real Estate.

The director of the Berkshire Botanical Garden is Michael Beck. The name appeared incorrectly in this column's original printing.


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