Experiential Learning  &  Guided Discovery!

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.

Plans are underway for our 2019 program. Stay tuned starting June 1 for the schedule of programs, walks, talks, chats and lectures. Any inquiries? Please contact chautauquabtg@gmail.com

Plant Marker Fund

native plant sale week 1 Fri june 28

From Noon-5pm on Friday June 28, shop for organic hand raised plants at Smith Wilkes Hall. Master Gardeners on site to help. Herbs, pollinators, nectar plants, monarch loving plants brought in for you. Cash preferred, credit card with fee for purchases over $15. Rain or shine. Thanks for the support!

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MONARCHPALOOZA! Week 4 July 18 12-3

Immerse yourself with Monarchs! Pick up your passport and travel thru this interactive exhibit exploring all phases of the monarch life cycle. Learn which plants best support monarchs in your garden and about their over wintering and migration. Step into a tent filled with monarchs quietly fluttering by.


Exploring 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.


Butterflies & Blooms-habitats

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 no pesticides. Here come the Monarchs!


2019 Program coming soon! 

BTG is putting the finishing touches on our 2019 season of talks, chats, walks, lectures and guided discovery tours. Monarchpalooza! occurs July 18 - you won’t want to miss that!


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!