UPDATED - First Honey Harvest Festival Announced

Stamford, CT - The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is thrilled to present its first ever Honey Harvest Festival! This day dedicated to celebrating honey will be filled with bee-themed fun & education for everyone to enjoy. The festival is FREE and will take place Saturday, September 14 from 11AM - 3PM. It is rain or shine and will include a Q&A panel, featuring acclaimed beekeeper and author, Howland Blackiston and tours of the Bartlett's pollinator gardens and hives.

Visitors will enjoy a special BBQ provided by HooDoo Brown along with other food vendors, a marketplace to purchase honey products, beverages, and bee related items, as well as mead presentations and tastings. The Bartlett will also host live music and children's crafts and activities.

If you are interested in becoming a Bartlett member, please click here

Listen to a recent radio interview with our former Board Chairman, Paul Travaglino, who shares all the details of the event, as well as the importance of bees.

For more information, visit www.bartlettarboretum.org

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Bartlett Summer Camps profiled in Stamford Advocate

Stamford, CT - The Bartlett Summer Camps were profiled this week in the Stamford Advocate.

The Bartlett is in the fifth week of our eight-week summer camp program. This week is a popular one with our students, with our theme “Bug Out”, that focuses on all things related to insects and critters. Next week is our most popular week, “Water World,” which will include racing twig boats and having kids visit SoundWaters.

Importantly, the article focused on who our summer campers are. Half of our campers are students on a full scholarship who come from Inspirica, a homeless shelter and social services agency in Stamford.

Mike Belletzkie, our Director of Education at Bartlett, was quoted saying, “A lot of those kids don’t get to experience the forest in any way in their life. This is a huge thing where they can come for one week or all eight weeks of camp and they’ll get experience with nature that they never had before.”

Read the full article on our summer camps here

Bartlett Arboretum named in 2019 Top 20 Places to Take Kids in Fairfield County

Stamford, CT - The Bartlett has been named on Kids Out And About.com's 2019 Top 20 Places to Take Kids in Fairfield County. This annual survey highlights local organizations that are wildly popular with kids and families in Fairfield County. This is the first year that the Bartlett has appeared on the list.

The Bartlett wishes to thank everyone who voted and for supporting its mission to provide recreation, enjoyment and exploration of the natural world for all ages.

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Bartlett Arboretum Ambassador Award presented to Ryan Kipp of Westhill High School

Stamford, CT - Today, members of the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens staff presented Ryan Kipp of Westhill High School in Stamford, CT with its first ever Bartlett Ambassador Award! This award is given to honor exceptional students who have been long-standing advocates of the Bartlett. Ryan has been an active member of the Bartlett community for much of his life; from summer camper, to program participant, to camp counselor, to interning with us this past spring.

In speaking of his experiences at the Bartlett, Ryan said, "Honestly, everyone I've worked with here has been like family". Ryan will be attending the University of South Carolina this fall, majoring in Sports Management. The Bartlett is delighted to honor such a deserving student.

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FactSet's Hackathon puts a spotlight on the Bartlett

Norwalk, CT - On Saturday, June 1, the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens participated in FactSet’s annual Hackathon. The event provided boys and girls, in grades 4-8, the opportunity to team up as problem solvers and innovators to develop Smartphone app prototypes to benefit local nonprofit organization.  Participating nonprofits, including the Bartlett, received the opportunity to present their mission and message to new audiences, independent of fundraising.

A group of 3-4 students along with a FactSet employee mentor learned about the Bartlett’s mission and goals, then brainstormed the type of Smartphone app that might help in those efforts.

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Bartlett Arboretum Achievement Award presented to Westhill High School Senior

Stamford, CT - Last night, members of the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens presented the Bartlett Arboretum Achievement Award to Catherine Caragine, a Westhill High School Senior. The award is presented to students interested in pursuing environmental, botany or other natural sciences at the college level.  The students are chosen by the schools faculty and administration.

Catherine has been an active participant in plant science competitions and will be pursuing a degree in Marine Biology and Conservation. Her passion and enthusiasm for the natural world deeply align with the core values of the Bartlett Arboretum and we are honored to award such a deserving student.

New Tick Research Study at the Bartlett This Summer

Stamford, CT – Dr. Neeta Connally of the Western Connecticut State University Tick Lab will be conducting tick research at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens this summer, with the assistance of Arboretum staff and interns.

The team will be collecting ticks throughout the property to learn more about their habitats and populations, including the number of disease-carriers. This data will help inform how much of the tick population carries diseases and what specific diseases they carry, as this changes over time. While this research is being conducted, the team will also learn better methods of managing ticks and preventing tick bites.

Dr. Connally’s research is particularly critical to the southern Connecticut region, which has a high tick population. Ticks are known to carry several diseases that can be transmitted to humans, including Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis and many more. The Bartlett was the only site chosen for this research in Fairfield County, due to its unique open land.

For more information, visit the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens website  www.bartlettarboretum.org

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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 www.bartlettarboretum.org or email info@bartlettarboretum.org.

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:   www.bartlettarboretum.org

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: https://mastergardener.uconn.edu/

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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