Thank you for a wonderful 2017 Season


Arboretum Turns 100, focus of 2018 House Tour ~ 7/12/18

BTG's biennial house tour will showcase 12 quintessential homes from central and south Chautauqua then over Thunder Bridge. In addition, many exceptional gardens will be on display with docents providing commentary and guided discovery. 

Institution President Michael Hill receives a bird house!

Institution President Michael Hill receives a bird house!

president Hill addresses the group and pledges to become a Life Member!

The annual life member luncheon occurred Aug 4 with a recap of 2017 club events and accomplishments reported on by Angela James. A talk about Mina Edison was delivered by Terry Mosher. Each table had an exquisite bird house center piece created by Carol Hopper. All were thanked for their support of BTG.

Mushroom Sandwiches sale 7/27 - A good time had by all!

Quirky and delicious but only every two years, BTG served up a complete meal, staring the famed mushroom sandwiches for only $10 at Smith Wilkes Hall. The Dixie Lake Siders played crowd favorites and all enjoyed the camaraderie and good times! Thank you for participating in BTG's community event! Recipe here.

Chef Vince serves up Chautauqua BTG's finest!

Chef Vince serves up Chautauqua BTG's finest!

COMPONENTS OF A WAYSTATION: heres what you need to know

  1. Size:any existing garden okay, best if 100 sq feet+ 
  2. Exposure:butterflies need at least 6 hours/day sun
  3. Drainage and soil type:  relatively light soils with good drainage
  4. Shelter:  plants close together but not crowded for protection from predators and the elements
  5. Milkweed plants:  approximately 10 plants, mixed varieties (swamp milkweed, native and butterfly weed work best here). These are needed for the eggs to be laid and to feed the caterpillars of the monarch butterflies.
  6. Nectar Plants: Monarchs and all pollinators need nectar. Best if these plants bloom at different times so the feeding time is extended until the migration south in September
  7. Management: Keep your garden thinned, fertilized and amend the soil. Eliminating insecticide use by planting native plants. Provide a small water source, even a rock with an indentation or a bird bath filled with pebbles for the butterflies to land on to drink.
Master Gardener Chris discusses native plants

Master Gardener Chris discusses native plants

Native Plant Sale June 26/27

Purchase sun or shade native plants at Smith Wilkes Hall on June 26 11:30-7:30 and June 27 1:30-4:30. 

  •  5 reasons to plant native:
  1. Save on water, fertilizer and improve water quality
  2. Provide habitat and food for wildlife
  3. Safe for visiting bees and butterflies
  4. Native plants are disease resistant
  5. Restore a balanced local ecology
  • Native plants play an important role in our ecosystem.  You will not only create beautiful gardens but also conserve resources.  These amazing perennial native plants will help keep our environment friendly, safe and welcoming for generations to come via sustainable growing practices. Experienced master gardeners are at hand and ready to answer your questions. 
  • Beauty alone is no longer enough!

Questions: email a Master Gardener at

Plant sale: 6/26 11:30-7:30 and 6/27 1:30-4:30

Plant sale: 6/26 11:30-7:30 and 6/27 1:30-4:30

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 focus on homeowners' use of native plantings, the elimination of pesticides  herbicides via 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, a national organization devoted to reversing the extreme decline observed within the Monarch butterfly population.  

2017 Season Brochure

Read up on all the BTG programs, walks/talks and chats. This colorful informative  brochure shows how BTG celebrates the birds, trees, gardens and monarchs of Chautauqua. Further, we are so proud to provide a platform for our knowledgable speakers and guides, well known experts in their fields.

Come explore with us!

Explore Nature ~ Be Amazed!

Explore Nature ~ Be Amazed!

Monarchpalooza! 7/13 ~ WOW

Enjoy Guided Discovery by BTG docents as you travel thru tented stations exploring every phase of the Monarch butterfly. Pick up a magnifying glass - explore nature, be amazed! Learn about monarch's dependency on milkweed, then purchase this native plant at the event. See all stages of the instar caterpillar, be dazzled by the chrysalis. Finally, enter a 20' tent filled with monarchs as they gently land while you feed them. 

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, featured on the 2016 House Tour.

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).