signs of spring & some lake effect snow

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 BTG president 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.

COMPONENTS OF A MONARCH 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.

Questions: email a Master Gardener at

Butterflies & Blooms garden program

This initiative focuses on helping Chautauquans create eco-friendly habitats in their gardens here and at their off-season homes.  Butterflies and Blooms encourages the use of native plantings, the elimination of pesticides and 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 homes and gardens

Quintessential homes and gardens

A typical BTG season is filled with lectures, chats, walks and talks. It's an honor to present our visiting speakers, knowledgable guides and docents. A fun filled meaningful season is just around the corner to be 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. The 2018 line up will be posted in June. The previous program year brochure is available for reference. Thank you for visiting and we look forward to reconnecting soon.