Chautauqua Bird, Tree and Garden CLub welcomes 2017

Butterflies & Blooms for 2017

BTG is opening an exciting new chapter in a long history of helping to beautify Chautauqua.  Butterflies and Blooms is an initiative focused on helping Chautauquans create eco-friendly habitats in their gardens here and at their off-season homes.  Butterflies and Blooms will replace the Chautauqua in Bloom garden recognition program. Butterflies and Blooms will focus on homeowners' use of native plantings, the elimination of pesticides and herbicides, and the utilization of organic fertilizers and a focus on monarch related nectar plants within more easily sustained habitats.  

Milkweed - an important foundation plant in any monarch habitat

Milkweed - an important foundation plant in any monarch habitat

Homeowners who wish to participate in Butterflies and Blooms can consult with BTG's master gardeners, and upon completion of their garden habitats, will receive recognition for their contribution to the health of the local ecosystem.  Participants will be encouraged to certify their gardens with MonarchWatch.com, a national organization devoted to reversing the extreme decline observed within the Monarch butterfly population.  

76 North Lake Architect to the Stars Awarded Gold Medal

The Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently voted to posthumously award the 2017 AIA Gold Medal to Paul Revere Williams. Working through five decades, Williams developed a portfolio of nearly 3,000 buildings located mostly in Southern California as well as the Ritts/Kohl house at 76 North Lake Drive in Chautauqua, New York.

Born in Los Angeles in 1894, Paul Williams is the first African-American architect to receive the AIA Gold Medal.  And winning the 2017 Gold Medal is not the only AIA honor for him. Williams was also the first African-American architect admitted to the AIA (1923) and the first African-American Fellow recognized by the AIA (1957).