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 2016 season we will offer over 80 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.
Century House and Garden Tour
Little Journeys to the Homes of Chautauquans
Tuesday, July 12 • Noon–5 p.m.
Tickets: $30 | Download an order form (pdf)
The first Chautauqua House Tour was sponsored by the Chautauqua Bird, Tree and Garden Club in 1954 to raise funds for its many gardens and educational programs. BTG has continued to sponsor this popular self-guided walking tour on an every other year basis with next year’s event marking our 32nd. tour. The July 12, 2016 tour will include some of the historic old cottages, but also many new or newly renovated homes on the north end, including the President's Cottage.
The Chautauqua Institution is a site of great natural beauty and a place of historical and architectural significance. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was designated a National Landmark on June 30, 1989. It has been said that Chautauqua reflects a Victorian sensibility, yet it portrays a wide variety of styles and architectural expressions extending beyond the Victorian period. The tree-lined streets beckon visitors to step up onto the porches of the 12 designated homes as the screen doors swing open to portray a sense of summer living at this unique cultural and arts assembly.