Opening Dates and Times


Due to the Corona virus, the Birchwood’s first public opening has been postponed to June 11-13, 2021.


The Birchwood opens to the public for the first time on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 12, 13 and 14, when sweeps of nearly 700 large-leaf rhododendrons will be blooming.

     The garden will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all 3 days.  

     Visitors will receive a Garden Tour Guide keyed to numbered stakes along the Birchwood’s 1 mile of paths.

     The garden’s creator, landscape designer Robert Gillmore, will also lead tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

     The event benefits the Friends of the Montgomery Library.  Admission is $7 per person; children 12 and under will be admitted without charge.

     Because plants along the paths can be easily damaged, dogs and other pets cannot be admitted.

     The Birchwood is not wheelchair accessible, but most of its paths are level, and the others are gently graded.

     For a description of scenic approaches to the garden and a list of area restaurants, see Visiting the Birchwood and the Montgomery-Jay Peak Area.

     The Birchwood will continue to open every year on the second weekend in June, when most of its large-leaf rhododendrons will be in bloom.

     In the future, the Birchwood will also be open in mid-spring, when its 110 little-leaf rhododendrons are covered with flowers; and in the second week of October, when its 58 panicle hydrangeas are still in flower and fall foliage makes the garden’s 180-degree vista of the Green Mountains a vast mural of color.

Photo by Eileen Oktavec

The Birchwood’s nearly 700 Catawba rhododendrons will be in bloom when the 7-acre garden opens for the first time Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 12, 13, and 14.