BTG welcomes the WINTER season 

Arboretum Turns 100, focus of 2018 House and garden 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 from BTG!

Institution President Michael Hill receives a bird house from BTG!

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! Mushroom Sandwiches!!!!!!!

Chef Vince serves up Chautauqua BTG's finest! Mushroom Sandwiches!!!!!!!

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.  

BTG house & garden tour july 12, 2018

A cross section of diverse public and private gardens along with an eclectic mix of homes will be on tour, each with docents sharing interesting facts and anecdotes. Make a day of it July 12, 2018 on the spectacular grounds of the Chautauqua Institution. 

Quintessential Chautauqua Homes         and Gardens on the July 12 tour!

Quintessential Chautauqua Homes       
 and Gardens on the July 12 tour!

2017 was a season filled with lectures, chats, walks and talks. Many thanks to our visiting speakers and knowledgable guides and docents. A fun filled meaningful season was enjoyed by many thousands attending lectures in Smith Wilkes Hall as well as guided discovery in the gardens, woods and along the lakeside of the Chautauqua Institution. In case you'd like to refer back to any of the speakers or programs, please access the link below. Thank you for visiting and we look forward to reconnecting next season.