BTG President  Angela James

BTG President
Angela James

welcome from the BTG president,

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about the Bird, Tree, and Garden Club. Join one of our lectures at Smith Wilkes Hall or meet one of our nature guides and take a deeper look at our gardens, lake and other parts of this well nurtured landscape. BTG offers 70 programs free with a regular gate pass and the 2019 highlights include: 

  • Monarch Moments and More A range of topics about monarchs will be shared by experts in this field ranging from Gardening with Raised Beds to Floral Photography to bees and trees. Mondays 12:15 Smith Wilkes Hall.

  • Tuesday Brown Bag Bring your lunch and learn what's happening in topics of importance ranging from the environment and the natural world to a demonstration on Floral Arranging. Tuesdays 12:15 Smith Wilkes Hall.

  • Butterflies & Blooms is our program encouraging home owners to create monarch habitats at their home on the grounds and at their winter residences using native plants that require less maintenance and water. 'Be Smart, not just pretty!' BTG Master Gardeners available for a complimentary consult with Chautauqua home owners or read thru the steps on and get your garden certified as a 'Way Station'.

  • AND MORE Participate in garden, woods or lake walk and talks, bird and bat chats, tree talks and more every week. BTG programs are free. Local experts in the field share their knowledge with visitors on guided discovery tours. See the program guide for details. Explore, Enjoy and Engage with Nature!

Special Events include:

  • Native Plant Sale - Week 1 Friday June 28 Noon-5pm BTG sources the best native plants from local growers (perennials, shrubs, annuals) and brings them to Smith Wilkes Hall for purchase and immediate planting! Pollinators, nectar plants, natives, herbs and milk week!

  • Monarchpalooza! - Week 4 Thursday July 18 Noon - 3pm Pick up your Monarch Passport and cycle thru an interactive display of stations in which you can explore every stage of the Monarchs. BTG docents will lead guided discovery at each stop. The experience culminates in a 10x20 tent filled with monarchs - immersive learning at it's best.

  • Life Member Luncheon Friday Week 6 August 2 Noon gathering at the Athenaeum for lunch and a program by a renown presenter lecturing on the natural world, Marta McDowell. Join your fellow BTG life members and BTG board for an annual recap of BTG business, noon program and delicious lunch. Not a member? Sign up today!

  • House and Garden Tour - Next season July 20, 2020 keep in touch with the BTG website.

BECOME A BTG LIFE MEMBER and help us preserve and enhance this lovely place that is Chautauqua. Our century+ of conservation, education, and service has succeeded with the support of thousands of members and generous donors. Life membership and the biennial house tour are our sources of fund raising.

BTG has made significant contributions toward the creation and maintenance of the Institution's public gardens, the upkeep of our 95+ year old Smith Wilkes Hall, and the planting of hundreds of trees throughout the grounds. Be certain to visit the BTG Arboretum after its three year restoration returning it to its original purpose as an Outdoor Nature Classroom. To learn more about the history of Bird, Tree, and Garden Club, scroll thru our website.  Send us an email with any questions or suggestions. Pick up a 2019 program brochure at the Main Gate, Visitor Center or Smith Wilkes Hall.

Angela James, President