SMITH WILKES HALL GARDENS
Location: Between Janes & Foster; East of Wythe
What's Nearby: In between the Athenaeum hotel and Hall of Philosophy
Physical Characteristics: Gardens surround this quaint 1924 lecture hall. The bat sculpture was placed in the Night Garden in honor of Francesca Goodell Rappole who was a long time BTG president and supporter of preserving bat habitat. On the northern side of the Night Garden, the first Monarch Way Station on the Grounds was certified in 2016. The back garden is filled with ferns and other delicate perennials. A brick walking path allows passage through the garden, but please, do walk your bike! An exterior bath room is open to the public along Janes Street, lakeside.
Historical Context: This tan colored brick covered amphitheater is the home of the Chautauqua Bird, Tree and Garden Club presented to the BTG by Arthur Bestor. Lunch time Lectures occur on Mondays and Tuesdays and several tours of the grounds begin from this location. The 'BTG' has advocated for the environment at the Institution for over a century. Behind Smith Wilkes Hall lakeside is a quaint stone terrace seating area in memory of Eleanor McKnight Haupt.
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WHAT'S IN BLOOM?
Rhododendron, Pieris, Mock Orange, Weigela, Viburnum, Serviceberry Tree, Autumn Flowering Cherry Tree, Eastern Redbud Tree
Mixed ferns, Hosta, Anise Hyssop, Liatris, Phlox, Butterflyweed, Blue Lobelia, Wild Ginger
Sorrel Tree, Goldenrod, Japanese Anemone