2018 House & Garden Tour ~ Thursday July 12 8am - 8pm
Enjoy the Day at the Chautauqua Institution 

QUINTESSENTIAL CHAUTAUQUA HOMES AND EXCEPTIONAL PRIVATE AND PUBLIC GARDENS
Mark your calendar for Thursday July 12, 2018 for the BTG House and Garden Tour during Week 3 of the upcoming season. In addition to touring exceptional homes, a wide range of interesting private and public gardens will be on display offering both a self guided tour as well as master gardener talks scheduled throughout the day. Touring house interiors begins at noon - 5pm, but a house tour ticket allows access to the grounds at 8am-8pm. So arrive early and plan to spend the day on the grounds. 

Enjoy refreshments and music by the Dixie LakeSiders at Smith Wilkes Hall. Quite a few more surprises are in store for visitors. Tickets are on sale now.  Questions? Please contact chautauquabtg@gmail.com

 Meander the gardens on your own or join a group tour

Meander the gardens on your own or join a group tour

GARDEN TOURS
The Chautauqua Institution is a place of great natural beauty. Visitors are invited to take a self guided tour of the many public gardens throughout the entire tour day. Select gardens adjacent to the house tour route will have docents providing commentary on the various rain gardens, eco-friendly practices, information on the tree canopy and other interesting facts.  The Institution Supervisor of Landscaping and Gardens will be on hand throughout the tour day.

The Hollyhock House

One of many exceptional homes and gardens on tour 

BTG's ONLY FUND RAISER
Each season the BTG plans and offers 90 events about the natural world: lectures, chats, talks, walks and other programs supporting our mission to protect and advocate for the environment. Two full seasons of activities are funded by the proceeds from this House & Garden Tour. BTG is a 501C3 charity independent from the Institution. It's hoped that this day celebrates both home and garden and offers a warm welcome to visitors new to Chautauqua as well as our 'perennial' friends. Thank you for your support. 

 Learn the Arboretum history and how it's managed

Learn the Arboretum history and how it's managed

THE ARBORETUM
Having just turned 100 years old, this educational plot of land provides visitors with a rare glimpse of a large number of different species of plants and trees all in one place. It's a diverse collection of shrubs, trees and perennials, all well marked. Seating nooks and garden rooms are nestled under trees and among native shrubs. Start your visit at the Arboretum then continue on touring additional gardens and many rarely seen homes across 'Thunder Bridge' to the south end "Overlook'.

Chautauqua’s 2018 House and Garden Tour to highlight Institution’s 100-year-old Arboretum (click to read)
by The Chautauquan Daily

 Learn how the flora & fauna evolved in this educational green space. See the historic Edison Bird Bath & more!

Learn how the flora & fauna evolved in this educational green space. See the historic Edison Bird Bath & more!

THANK YOU for supporting BTG's TOUR DAY
We are grateful to the generous home and garden owners who open up their properties for touring. Thank you to each person and group for purchasing one or several tickets for this event, two years in the making. It is supported by an army of volunteers and Institution Staff all coordinated by our Tour Chair Rosemary Rappole. Finally, our thanks to Betsy Burgeson, Supervisor of Landscape and Grounds and her crews for their long term dedication to the heath and beauty of our gardens, especially for the reveal of the newly restored Arboretum.