Celebrate Nature

Nature Education at Chautauqua Institution: All are invited during the summer season to attend BTG lectures from renown nature experts, participate in lake walks, take part in garden tours or bring your binoculars for bird chats 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 of the Arboretum and in the lecture hall and outdoor classrooms! Nature Invites ~ Indulge! The next House and Garden Tour is July 16, 2020.

Any inquiries? Please contact chautauquabtg@gmail.com

Plant Marker Fund
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Shipman Garden Tours Wed 1pm

Purchase a $10 ticket at the Main Gate to participate in a tour of the newly installed Shipman garden. Wednesdays 1pm all season. Donation supports the Garden Endowment. Attendance limited. Learn about the early years of the Chautauqua Institution that eventually resulted in this 21st century garden!


Butterflies & Blooms-habitats

BTG Master Gardeners are available to meet at your garden to discuss how to evolve it into a habitat. Schedule one complimentary meeting to learn about attractive native plants and other ways to phase in pollinators, milkweed, shrubs, using less water and no pesticides. Here come the Monarchs!

Renovated President’s Cottage on tour

Renovated President’s Cottage on tour

House & Garden Tour July 16, 2020

Save the date for this iconic event. Tickets will go on sale January 2020. Spend the day on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution enjoying tours of exceptional homes and gardens.

MONARCHPALOOZA! thank you patrons and guides!

We got immersed with Monarchs! Visitors completed their Monarch passport and traveled thru BTG’s interactive exhibit exploring all phases of the monarch life cycle. We learned which plants best support monarchs in gardens and about their over wintering and migration. Everyone enjoyed stepping into a tent filled with monarchs quietly fluttering by.

Recipients of the thank you framed butterfly photos are:
- Michelle Cobb
- Linda Haas
- Joan Smith


2019 Program

BTG has lectures, nature walks, guided discovery tours, special events, tree talks, lake walks, bird chats and so much more - check out the brochure and celebrate nature with BTG!


ExplorE Gardens at ChautauquA

Gardens are synonymous with Chautauqua. Visit these diverse gardens throughout the grounds. Follow along with the garden map, reading descriptions and historic information. An 18 month plant census in progress! BTG offers many 'guided discovery' tours. Celebrate Nature with BTG.


Buy a marker to share plant names

Every plant, tree and shrub in the BTG Arboretum is marked so that the visitor can easily know the plant name and cultivar, English and Latin! Help BTG continue to educate about tree, plant and shrub names. Donate to the Plant Marker Fund!