Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens Announces Summer Concert Series

Stamford, CT – Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is excited to announce its 2019 Summer Concert Series. Each Sunday throughout the summer, the Bartlett will host a band or musical artist on the Great Lawn from 5PM – 7PM. The concert series incorporates a variety of musical genres and will run from June 23 through August 25.

The line-up is as follows:

June 23: Tim Currie’s Motown Review (Motown)

June 30: Sun Kings (Beatles Tribute)

July 7: Abbie Gardner (Americana)

July 14: The Bob Button Band (Big Band)

July 21: The Cutouts (Classic Rock)

July 28: Hiroshi Yamazacki (Jazz Standards)

August 4: Gunsmoke (Country)

August 11: Maria Tiscia & Rio Bound (Brazilian Jazz)

August 18: Richard “Cookie” Thomas (Blues/Jazz)

August 25: Sister Sun (Folk, Pop, Rock)

Tickets can be purchased the day of the event, $5 for members, $10 for non-members and children 12 and under are free. Cash, check or cards accepted. Bring chairs or a blanket, and a picnic dinner! In the event of rain, all concerts except Tim Currie’s Motown Review and The Bob Button Band will be held in the Silver Educational Center. Rain date TBD.

Special thanks to our series sponsor, First County Bank.

For more information about the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens and how to become a member, please visit our website at or email

Bee Research to be conducted at Bartlett Arboretum

Stamford, CT - Dr. Kimberly Stoner of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and her technical staff will be conducting research at the Arboretum during the summer of 2019. Dr. Stoner will have 4 honey bee hives at the Arboretum equipped with pollen traps – devices used by beekeepers that collect pollen from the honey bees as they return after foraging to the hive. Pollen collection will be rotated among the hives so that each hive gets enough pollen for feeding its brood. The pollen will be tested for pesticides and analyzed to determine the plant origin of the pollen, with the idea of linking pesticides and plant sources to determine from which plants the honey bees are exposed to pesticides.

Dr. Stoner and her staff will also be collecting wild bees using colored pan traps and sweep nets, focusing on plants that are the primary pollen sources for particular rare species of bees. The bee species will be identified by Tracy Zarrillo and entered into a database used to create a checklist of bee species found in Connecticut.

These research projects are funded by a Specialty Crop Research grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the US Department of Agriculture, along with a Specialty Crop Block grant from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens Announces Day of Native Plant Sales & Education

Stamford, CT – May 3, 2019 – Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens and its UConn Extension Master Gardeners will co-host an extraordinary one-day sale of native perennials, shrubs, herbs and vegetables. This public sale will take place Saturday, May 11, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Bartlett Arboretum.

High-quality (and affordable) shrubs, flowers, ferns, vines and grasses will be available for sale to transform home gardens into colorful, welcoming environments that attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. Visitors will also find exciting aromatic and culinary herbs and exceptional varieties of fruits and vegetables, along with a selection of Bartlett “Heritage Heirloom Trees”.

Master Gardeners will be on hand throughout the day to guide and educate gardeners, helping them find plants for their specific needs, whether sun, shade, woodlands or wetlands. The featured perennials and shrubs are almost all native to Connecticut and the Northeast. They have been carefully selected to benefit the local ecosystem, while still offering an enormous variety of attractive choices.

The “Bart Boutique” - filled with flower-themed and garden items, new, antique and gently-used - may appeal to even the non-gardener. Select house plants and Mother’s Day gifts will also be available. The Yama Ki Bonsai Society will have a booth selling bonsai plants and Local Troop 11, Crew 9 Boy Scouts will be selling hotdogs, chips, and soda.

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens members will enjoy a 10% discount and an ‘early bird’ 9 am – 10 am entrance. Information about joining and an inventory of the 2019 plants can be found on the website:

UConn Extension Program for Master Gardeners:

The UConn Extension Program for Master Gardeners maintains a teaching location at the Bartlett. Master Gardeners volunteer there to care for the gardens and act as public educators. A free, on-site, Master Gardener Plant Clinic provides advice to home gardeners from May through September.  For information about the Master Gardener program:

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens Seeks Funds to Replace and Improve Greenhouse

Thank you to Stamford Advocate for sharing our story. We are currently seeking funds to replace our old Greenhouse.

STAMFORD ADVOCATE ARTICLE - Orchids and cactuses can’t share a room.

It’s because an orchid loves humidity, and a cactus hates it.

But at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens on Brookdale Road, the two live just feet from each other.

“We put up plastic to separate them, and maybe keep some of the humidity away from the cactus,” said Jane von Trapp, CEO of the arboretum.

To read the full story, please click here.

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ArborEarth Festival Press Release

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is thrilled to announce the ArborEarth Day Family Festival in honor of Arbor Day and Earth Day on Saturday, April 27 (rain or shine) from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, 151 Brookdale Road in Stamford. Admission is free to all members and ages 12 and under. For non-members and ages 13 and up entry is $5.00 a person.

Boy Scout Projects at the Bartlett Lead to Eagle Scout Achievement!

Congratulations to Sam Terr and Josh Appel! Both boys achieved Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scout program. For their senior projects, they chose to contribute to the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens!  Appel built a border with mulching around the center’s oldest tree garden while Terr constructed a new stone memorial.

To read the full article in the Stamford Advocate, please click here.

Again, thank you to both the boys and congratulations!

ArborEarth Day Family Festival Release

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens to Host ArborEarth Day a FREE Family Festival


Food, kids’ activities, music, environmental tips, tree tours, new partnerships, and more.

The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, co-sponsors Bartlett Tree Experts and LaRocca’s Country Market, are proud to host the ArborEarth Day Family Festival in honor of Arbor Day and Earth Day on Saturday, April 21 (rain or shine) from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, 151 Brookdale Road in Stamford. Admission is free.

“After months of nor’easters and lots of lost trees, we are excited to give back to the community with a celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Day! We continue to strengthen partnerships with like-minded organizations to educate and foster environmental stewardship in Fairfield County and beyond,” said Jane von Trapp, CEO of the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens.

This year Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens starts the celebration giving back to the Stamford community with a Red Maple tree planting at the Mill River Park. Mayor David Martin will lead the ceremony. This tree planting symbolizes the Bartlett’s continued effort to unite other organizations to make an impact in our community.

They continue the festivities with the ArborEarth Day Family Festival. The Wilton Pollinator Pathway organization will be present– an initiative to help create wildlife corridors to attract pollinators. Come learn how you can impact the environment on your own property – planting native pollinators – friendly plants, shrubs and trees to help attract wildlife. Other organizations that will be present include Greenwich Land Trust (GLT), and the South West Conservation District – more organizations to bring their expertise to the Stamford Community!

While enjoying Festival activities, attendees will also learn from Master Gardeners how to care about and conserve earth’s resources. Families will enjoy listening to music; touring the Bartlett Arboretum’s garden and green house; viewing tree climbing, planting demonstrations and visiting our information booths and learning about composting, and invasive and native plants. Bartlett Tree Experts will be giving away seedlings to all who attend.

Special activities for children include touch a truck, storytelling, face painting, scavenger hunt, crafting, gardening, composting, and more.

Extra event parking will be available for guests at The Church of the Holy Spirit on Scofieldtown Road in Stamford. A shuttle will bring you to the Bartlett just a few yards down the road. More information is available on the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens website at

Red Maple Tree Planting Release


Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens and Mill River Park Collaborative Unite the Community Through Nature

Stamford Mayor David Martin to lead Red Maple Tree Planting

Stamford, CT April 8 - On Wednesday, April 18th, staff from Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens and Mayor Martin will be welcomed to Mill River Park to plant a new Red Maple tree at the Park’s West River Path entrance, across the street from the Hampton Inn. In the spirit of Arbor Day and Earth Day coming up this month, Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens and Mill River Park Collaborative are thrilled to come together to create a beautiful and nurturing environment for trees to thrive, and encourage environmental stewardship to the communities that surround them.
Stamford Mayor David Martin will lead the Tree Planting Ceremony at 9am, to commemorate the value of trees to the city of Stamford, and their visual impact on the vibrant palette of the Park. The ceremony will be followed by a brief tree planting, ending around 9:45am.

"I am happy to see two of Stamford’s outstanding local organizations come together to create life and vibrancy in our city," said Stamford Mayor David Martin. "This link between the Mill River Collaborative and Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens shows their commitment to our common goal of fostering urban redevelopment while maintaining parks and green space for residents to enjoy."

As both organizations continue to spread awareness on the importance of environmental preservation, they too celebrate the milestones of their efforts, with a series of events to follow the weekend after the planting ceremony. There will be an ArborEarth Day Family Festival at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens on Saturday, April 21st, followed by an Earth Day celebration at Mill River Park on Sunday, April 22nd. More information on these events can be found at and

Bartlett Summer Nature Experiences highlighted in Greenwich Free Press!

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Under the leadership of a new Education Director, Mike Belletzkie, each week brings a unique experience from tracking animals to mixing herbal potions, learning wilderness survival skills and more. Mike brings more than ten years of expertise working in a variety of traditional and informal educational and research settings. He has a passion for horticulture, ecology, and environmental stewardship.

“We have put together an extensive program to inspire kids to share our passion and empower youth to become environmental stewards,” says Mike Belletzkie, Education Director of the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens.

Read full article in Greenwich Free Press here.

To learn about our summer camps, please click here. Join us at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens this summer!