Experiential Learning  &  Guided Discovery!

Nature Education at Chautauqua Institution: All are invited to attend a BTG lecture from renown nature experts, participate in a lake walk, take part in a garden tour or bring your binoculars for a bird chat and more. Connect with Chautauqua Bird, Tree and Garden Club as we Explore, Enjoy and Engage with nature: in the gardens, along the lakeshore, amongst the trees in Arboretum and in the lecture hall and outdoor classrooms! Nature Invites ~ Indulge! Full program schedule listed below.

Thank you for participating in BTG's House and Garden Tour - a Good Time was had by all! 


House & Garden Tour July 12 Week 3

A cross section of diverse public and private gardens along with an eclectic mix of homes comprise the 2018 tour, each with docents sharing interesting facts and anecdotes. Thank you to all involved who made this day a success on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution.


celebrating 14 quintessential Homes

What a day of touring 14 quintessential homes staffed with docents sharing anecdotes and lore! Thank you to our ticket holders, volunteers, home owners and Institution staff for celebrating all things Chautauqua! 


Exploring Gardens at Chautauqua

On tour day, Supervisor of Gardens & Landscapes Betsy Burgeson provided an informative slide show of the gardens. Tours of the private and Institution gardens as well as self guided tours occurred. The 100 year old Arboretum hosted the Opera Invasion.   


Butterflies & Blooms 

BTG Master Gardeners are available to meet at your garden to discuss how to evolve it into a habitat. Schedule a complimentary meeting to learn about attractive native plants and other ways to phase in pollinators, milkweed, shrubs, using less water and without pesticides.   


2018 Program brochure! 

Bring your lunch and healthy appetite for a nature lectures on Mondays and Tuesday 12:15 at Smith Wilkes Hall. Learn about the natural world from renown experts. At meet up points throughout the grounds gather for chats, walks, talks - all free to the public. 


monarch Moments and more

The monarch presents an invitation to explore a broad range of topics such as pollinators, nectar plants, floral photography, raised beds, bees and trees! See this expanded set of speakers and topics Mondays 12:15 at Smith Wilkes Hall and bring your lunch!