UConn Extension Master Gardener Class of 2017

Congratulations to our newly Certified Master Gardeners. A graduation ceremony was held at the Silver Educational Center on Sunday, October 29th. 

The following certificates and recognition of volunteers were given:

2017 Certified Master Gardeners
Lisa Barton, Cheryl Cappiali, Karen DeWahl, Alice Ely, Linda Engel, Emily Fisher, Brigid Flannery, Wendy Ford, Kelly Forsberg, Nathalie Fonteyne, Marcy Goldstein, Susan Hawley, Rebecca Hoefer, Nancy Juarez, Ricky Mathieu, Sarah McKenna, Laurie Rivera, Colette Rogers, Annea Rosenberg, Nicoletta Salvi, Jamela Sullivan, Kevin Tepas, Barbara Vahsen.

Advanced Master Gardeners
Frances Bright, Cheryl Cappiali, Patricia Carroll, Barbara Eno Karp, Eva Klatt, Patty Morris, Jane Rinard, Cynthia Sherwin, Toni Simonetti, Diane A. Wilson

AMG Bronze       Dorene Grasso, Susan Skerrett

AMG Silver         Georgia Abbott

AMG Gold          Juliet Cassone

Ruby Silver       Beth Miller, Carrie Sears

Saphire Bronze   Lesley Gehr


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Talking Honey Bees!

Cheryl Carter joins Tony Savino from WGCH Radio to talk bees! In this wonderful segment, you will learn all sorts of great facts about the role and importance of bees. A few highlights include:

  • The types of bees in the Hive
  • The role of the bee
  • The importance of bees
  • Why pesticides are dangerous to bees
  • Using honey to heal wounds

Thank you for sharing. Enjoy!


Beer, BBQ and Botany Gala a Big Success!

Thank you to all the Bartlett friends that attended our annual gala. We had a fabulous time enjoying a delicious BBQ, dancing to country band Gunsmoke, honoring our beloved volunteers, especially Alice Smith, and coming together toward our common goal to "grow environmental stewards in every neighborhood." 

Special thanks to Fairfield County Look Magazine for capturing great photos of this very special event. Please click here to see all the pictures. 

Again, a big thank you to everyone involved! We could not achieve our tremendous success without the support of you -- our members, donors, sponsors, and volunteers. We are excited for 2018!

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Come Search for "Secret Head" Sculptures at the Bartlett!

As seen in the Stamford Advocate this past weekend, the Bartlett Arboretum and Garden has "Secret Head" sculptures hidden throughout the property. Norweigen artist Christian Sunde a highly respected sculpture artist has carefully hidden heads throughout the Bartlett. There are currently eight of these amazing sculptures hidden around the Bartlett property. Ready to search in trees along different paths.  Can you spot them? 

For full story in the Stamford Advocate, please click here. 

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Alice Smith Profiled in the Stamford Advocate

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Alice Smith, our honoree at the Beer, BBQ & Botany gala on October 12th, was profiled in the Stamford Advocate. Alice has supported the Bartlett for 38 years, serving as volunteer and a board member. As Jane von Trapp, CEO of the Bartlett, was quoted, we are “indebted to Alice for her dedication, goodwill, and her seemingly infinite capacity to give back.”

Read the Stamford Advocates article about Alice here. 

Please join us for Beer, BBQ & Botany to honor Alice's contributions to the Bartlett and our community. 

First County Bank Grant

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is thrilled to receive a grant for our Stamford second grade programs from the First County Bank Foundation. We are very  grateful for their support!

From left to right:
Patricia Sweeney-FCB Commercial Lending portfolio manager, Andrea Chusid- BAG director of development, Jane von Trapp- BAG CEO, and Sara Tucker- FCB senior vice president and director of Business Banking.

ArborEarth Day Family Festival Release


The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, Bartlett Tree Experts and La Rocca’s Country Market will host a free event for families in celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Day – The ArborEarth Day Family Festival. The Festival will be held on Saturday, April 22 (rain date: April 23) from 10:00 am-3:00 pm at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens in Stamford. Children can enjoy touch a truck, storytelling, face painting, crafting, gardening and more. The entire family can tour our garden and green house, view our pruning and planting demonstrations, learn about nature, conservation and sustainability at our booths, get assistance with ailing plants at our plant clinic and enjoy the music and natural beauty at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens. Stamford Mayor David Martin will also join us at Noon for a tree planting ceremony to commemorate the event. Join us for an activity-filled day. Find the complete release PDF here.

View our event calendar here.