Bird, Tree, and garden Club
Bird Tree and Garden Club, founded in 1913 has for over a century educated and enlightened Chautauqua visitors. During the 2015 season we will offer over 75 free programs on nature and the environment. Many of the programs will appeal to children.
Over the years BTG has made significant contributions to the creation and maintenance of the Institution’s gardens, the upkeep of Smith Wilkes Hall, and the planting of hundreds of trees.
Our century of conservation, education, and service has succeeded only with the support of thousands of members and generous donors. We invite you to join us so we may continue to preserve and enhance this lovely place that is Chautauqua.
Bird Tree and Garden Club
P.O. Box 721 • Chautauqua, N.Y. 14722
Suzanne Aldrich, President
Chautauqua in Bloom
July 29, 12:30 p.m. • Smith Wilkes Hall
Chautauqua in Bloom is the biennial tribute to Chautauqua’s gardens and those property owners who tend them. First instituted by Mina Miller Edison over eighty years ago, the Bird, Tree, and Garden Club revived the tradition in recent years under the leadership of Barbara Zuegel.
The deadline for registering to participate is July 15. Registration forms will be available online in mid-June and in Smith Wilkes Hall, the library and the Colonnade. Registration is free. Gardens will be viewed and photographed on July 22.
The Garden Recognition Day program will feature a pictorial journey through the Chautauqua’s participating gardens accompanied by the awards ceremony. All are invited.
Garden categories are:
- Sun Gardens
- Shade Gardens
- Container Gardens (on porches or patios)
Gardens must be visible from the street.
Eco-Gardens, a new category this year, are gardens using plants, often-native ones, which do not require garden chemicals.
Judges in recent years have actually viewed any garden that conserves water, retains storm water run-off on site, offers selected wildlife habitat and limits garden chemicals in a positive way. These features help protect our lake from pollution.
More information will be available on the registration forms. For further questions please contact chairman Barbara Zuegel at firstname.lastname@example.org
BTG Weekly Events
Bird Talk and Walks
Brown Bag Programs
Purple Martin Chats
- Friday, June 26 • Noon
Lunch for the BTG Board, Woods Crew, Chautauqua Garden Crew, nature presenters, BTG Advisory Board and Chautauquan Daily reporter
- Tuesday, July 7 • 12–5 p.m.
NEW IN 2015: Returning to our Roots, a sale of native, lake-friendly plants in Smith Wilkes Hall garden (pre-sale of plants at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 6, at Smith Wilkes Hall garden)
- Wednesdays, July 15, 22, 29
Chautauqua in Bloom, the biennial recognition of Chautauqua gardens. New this year is an eco-friendly category. Applications available at Tuesday lectures
- Friday July 17 • Noon
Mushroom Lunch Sandwich Sale at Smith Wilkes Hall.
- Wednesday, July 22
- Wednesday, July 29 • 12:30 p.m.
Garden Recognition ceremony in Smith Wilkes Hall (slides and award presentation)
- Wednesday, July 29 • 2:45–3:45 p.m.
Children’s School Sensory Garden workshop
- Friday, August 7 • 12:15 p.m.
Annual Life Member Luncheon at the Athenaeum Hotel Reservations ($30) required by July 31
Program: “Miraculous Monarch Migration,” slides and lecture with Diane and Jack Voelker
Learn more at chautauquabtg.org