3 of the Best Things to Do at Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens

Monarch butterfly on a flower at the Bartlett Arboretum and GardensThe Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens in Stamford, Connecticut, is an outdoor botanic park that shows New England residents and visitors what it means to appreciate nature and the beautiful world around us. This 93-acre sanctuary strives to preserve the area’s natural ecosystems and habitats and has maintained a diverse collection of trees, gardens, and plants that reflect the ecology and character of the region. This unique facility also provides the community with opportunities for outdoor recreation and features a variety of educational programs for both children and adults. Located just 15 minutes away from the Stanton House Inn, the Bartlett Arboretum is perfect for a day of exploration, discovery, and fun amongst nature.

Visit the Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens in Stamford

1. Explore the Collections

The Bartlett Arboretum is home to a wide variety of living plant collections and trees that can be seen in several natural habitats. From wildflower meadows to red maple wetlands, the facility works to sustain over 2,000 rare plant species from around the world and to provide a place where visitors of all ages can experience their exceptional beauty. Guests can also visit the Silver Educational Center, which houses a horticultural resource library, a gallery with a variety of art exhibits, and a plant clinic that’s open during the growing season.

2. Tour the Grounds

Bartlett Arboretum also features 20 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and 5 miles of hiking trails that wind their way through forest and pond habitats. Guests can spend the day strolling nine display gardens including the Conifer Garden, Heisinger Wildflower Garden, Mehlquist Garden, Nut Tree Collection, Bartlett Magnolia collection, Perennial Border, Overlook Lawn, Pollarded Tree Display, Secluded Garden, and the Witches’-Broom Collection. The grounds at Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens are open until dusk every day of the year, and self-guided tours can be done any day of the week. Docent tours are also available from April through October, and individual trail maps can be found in the educational center or at the parking lot gazebo.

3. Treat the Kids to Summer Camp

Your little ones will adore attending Camp Bart this summer! Throughout this fun-filled day camp program, kids will become junior scientists as they learn all about the natural world around them and interact with it each day. They’ll have tons of hands-on experiences and can enjoy discovering the basics of gardening, working on creative art activities, meeting plants and animals from around the world, and having tons of fun along the way! The Bartlett Arboretum Summer Camp runs from June 27 through August 12, 2016.

Discover Nature at the Stanton House Inn

No matter where the trails take you, guests will leave the Arboretum feeling educated about the value of trees and plants and their role in supporting a healthy and sustainable environment for all of us. After a wonderful afternoon, head back to the beautiful grounds at our Greenwich bed and breakfast where you can spend more time outdoors and admire our Secret Garden, which is home to various plants and flowers, vegetables, and fruit, as well as resident beehives and chickens. We can’t wait to hear about your day at the Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens!

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