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It Takes a Tree To Make A Garden

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Leafless trees reveal their beautiful bare limbs at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA. Photo by Marsden Epworth

Elisabeth Cary, with her green wellies, mossy scarf and brisk, forthright manner, seems exactly right for the job of instructing people on the ways of shrubs and small trees, which is one of her jobs at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA.

Like many immersed in cultivating gardens and gardeners, she is firm in her opinions: “Barberry is an awful thing,” she tells those of us following her around the Beatrice Procter Fre-

linghuysen Perennial Garden which lies north of Route 102 and just south of the Martha Stewart Garden, populated by both heirloom and modern plants.

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