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Winter Family Programs 
Planning a staycation this winter break? 
February 21
Morning session: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon session: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Silver Educational Center 
Sign up for one or more family programs. Join us for winter hikes and tracking, starting seeds, arts & crafts, and more over four days in February. Each program is offered twice per day: Each child must be accompanied by an adult. 
$5 child/member, $10 child/non-members. Adults attend free! 
Contact Emily Curry at 203-322-6971 ex. 17 or for more information or to sign up.
The Bartlett Arboretum 
is participating in Stamford's 22nd Annual
St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 4! 
Come watch the parade and stop by our booth in the fun zone in front of the Ferguson Library. Kids will get the chance to plant and bring home their own clover.  The fun zone opens at 11 a.m. and the parade steps off at noon.
Parents' Night Out
Saturday, March 11
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The Silver Educational Center
$15 child member, $25 non-member
Treat your kids to a movie night at the Bartlett! We'll have games, yummy snacks and we may even take a twilight stroll. 
While you're here collect more information about our upcoming spring and summer programs from Bartlett educators! Contact Director of Education Emily Curry at 203-883-4035 or for more information and to register.

Winter blues?  

Set your sights on spring by planning your garden!  Participate in one or more classes 
for gardeners this winter.
First class is this week, Thursday, 2/23. 
Backyard Gardening Series
First Class in the Series:
Know Your Weeds and 
How to Deal with Them!
Thursday, February 23 
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Silver Educational
Instructor: Peter Russell
UConn certified Advanced Master Gardener 
and Bartlett Arboretum Board Member  
Peter will discuss the undesirable qualities of weeds, their characteristics, life cycles and reproductive strategies.  He will show you how to identify the weeds typically found in the Connecticut landscape. Peter will conclude his presentation with a discussion of the four keys to weed control and some weed composting considerations. 
Winter Tree ID: Lecture and Walk
Wednesday, March 8 
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
$30 member, $40 non-member   
Instructor: Carol Levine
Continuing Education instructor at the New York Botanical Garden
This class is an introduction to the identification of native trees in their winter state found locally in the northeast United States. An indoor workshop will provide students with winter twigs, fruits, and plant remnants to be used to examine their structural features. Emphasis will placed on the use of taxonomic keys to make identifications. Printed material will be provided and photographic slides will also be shown. An outdoor walk on the Bartlett property will follow the class.
Carol Levine has been an Instructor in Botany at the New York Botanical Garden for over 35 years and has recently retired. Over the past years, Carol has lead many walks and given many talks to various botanical organizations and societies. She is presently Program Chairperson of the Connecticut Botanical Society. Carol is the author of A Guide to Wildflowers in Winter published by the Yale University Press.
Landscaping 101: Bring New Life to Your Yard
Tuesday, March 21
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$20 member, $30 non-member    
Instructor: Jane von Trapp
Landscape Designer and Author
The builders have left your dream home sitting on a bare lot. Your older house has landscape flaws or lacks creative planting beds. You'd like to improve the look of the entrance, hide the air conditioning unit, or install a brick walkway. With the expert advice of Jane von Trapp, professional landscape designer and CEO of the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, you can increase the value of your home and turn your yard into an attractive outdoor living room. You'll also learn about when it's time to call in a professional.   
Von Trapp has written three how-tos on landscaping Landscape Doctor (Chapters Publishing), Landscaping From the Ground Up (Taunton Press), and Landscape Makeover Book (Taunton Press). She is the U.S. Researcher and Writer for DK's A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants and contributor to several other gardening books and magazines. Owner of her own landscaping firm for nearly 20 years, she brings a wealth of ideas and inspiration to the home gardener, both novice and experienced.

Contact Emily Curry at 203-883-4035 or 
for more information about all classes and to enroll.

Mark Your Calendars!
March 9, 2017
Support the Bartlett's summer camp scholarship program by giving on this special day. More information coming soon.

Is Your College-Aged Child Looking for Summer Employment?

Our summer camp program is expanding, and we are looking for reliable, dedicated college students for seasonal employment. Preference is given to those studying education and/or science, especially botany- or biology-related courses. 
Please send resume, cover letter, and three references to Director of Education Emily Curry at


Loft Artist Association Members,
Anne Salthouse, Elizabeth Agresta,
Ellen Gordon and Olga Klymyk  
"Four Artists, Four Directions"
Silver Educational Center Gallery
Opening Reception
Sunday, March 12
Time: Noon - 2 p.m.
Please join us for a wine and cheese reception for our next art installation.
Current Exhibitor:
Loft Artist Association Member,
Joseph Dermody
"Counterpoint and Pathway"
Silver Educational Center Gallery
through 2/27/17
Gallery hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Weekends by appointment

Buy a $25 Doggie Membership and the leash is FREE!
Stop by the Homestead offices (M-F, 9-noon) and enjoy these benefits:
  • Access to 10 hiking trails on 93 acres of a little slice of canine heaven.
  • Free doggie waste bags.
  • Opportunity to meet doggie playmates.
  • Free OPIN dog training classes on Wednesday evenings.
Meet in lower level of Silver Educational Center.
Enter through back door. 
Outreach to Pets in Need, OPIN is offering FREE dog training every Wednesday from 6:30 - 7:30.  Rob Mullin, Trainer, K-9 Wizard & Co begins the hour class at 6:30.  Please bring proof of rabies vaccination and your dog's license.

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Professional Landscaper Classes
Do you want to advance your career in landscaping and/or tree care?
The Bartlett Arboretum is the only location in Fairfield County that offers courses to prepare students to become certified arborists.  We also offer a course that prepares students to obtain their Supervisory Pesticide Applicator License for Ornamentals and Turf.
Click on the link to our website for more information:
or contact Emily Curry at 203-322-6971 ex. 17
Registration is open.

Winter School Programs
Bring your class or after school group to visit the Bartlett Arboretum this winter!  Our winter school program offerings include:
* Opportunities to explore tropical plants in our greenhouse 
* Hands-on investigations of decomposition and indoor composting
* Experience our stunning winter landscape while learning about plant (and animal) winter survival strategies 
Click on the link to our website for more information: School Programs
or contact Emily Curry at 203-322-6971 ex. 17
Winter school/after-school programs run from Tuesday, January 3 - Friday, March 17, 2017.

Volunteer Leadership Opportunities Abound at the Bartlett!
The year ahead promises to be a very exciting one at the Bartlett Arboretum!  We are actively seeking volunteers to:
     -Help our board, committees, and task forces implement our new strategic plan.
     -Help us plan an exciting array of events. 
If you are interested, please send a brief e-mail with your interests and qualifications to Regina Campfield at  Thank you for your interest in helping us thrive and grow!

Go Green!
Buy a Bartlett Reusable Shopping Bag!
Reusable shopping bags with the Bartlett logo are on sale now. They fold into an attached pouch. Buy a bunch and keep them in your 
car or purse. 
Available in the Bartlett Homestead
2nd Floor
Monday - Friday 
9:00 a.m. - Noon

Bartlett Member Benefit
Did you know that through the Arboretum's relationship with the American Horticultural Society, one of the perqs of your membership is free admission and/or additional benefits at over 300 gardens throughout North America and the Cayman Islands? Click the link below to find out more. (Restrictions may apply). If you aren't a Bartlett Arboretum member


New Member Benefit from
White Flower Farm!
For all new and renewing members, 
we'll forward a White Flower Farm 20% discount card with your membership material.

Join Kathie Milligan's Art Class & Learn 
How to Draw Natural Forms of Life

Meet at the Silver Educational Center
Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. - noon
$25 per class

Learn to develop a natural, individual drawing style using forms from nature as your subject. Through close observation we will examine various types of organic forms and explore each form's unique qualities. Movement, use of positive and negative space, exaggeration, choice of composition and employment of light are some of the means of imparting individual materials that will lead us to our discoveries. Please email Kathie Milligan at for more information.

Leashed dogs are always 
welcome on our trails and 
throughout the grounds!

Please Observe The Bartlett Arboretum's

"No Smoking, No Campfire" 
To maintain the beauty of the Arboretum, and ensure 
an even healthier, cleaner and safer experience for visitors 
(and the trees!), smoking and campfires are prohibited 
throughout the grounds.
We thank you and appreciate your cooperation!

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Want to know when you made your last donation?
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