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

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 advise. Herbs, pollinators, nectar plants, monarch loving plants brought right to you. Cash/check preferred, credit card with fee for purchases over $24. Rain or shine.

DSC_4218 copy.jpg

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.


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.


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!

Miller Edison Cottage Shipman Garden

Miller Edison Cottage Shipman Garden

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.


2019 Program Hot off the Press

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!

Life Member Lunch 8/2 Athenaeum

Life Member Lunch 8/2 Athenaeum

Gather at noon to enjoy a meal, be inspired by Marta McDowell’s talk on Ellen Biddle Shipman and hear all the good news about BTG. Meet new friends and possibly win a centerpiece! Life Members only - new members welcome - complete membership application on this site.


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!