Summer 2019

Registration is required for all programs (except where noted). Please call 860-439-5020 or email Please note that space is limited and most programs fill up quickly.

Programs are free for Connecticut College students.

Once you have confirmed your registration with the Arboretum office by email or phone, you can use our secure online payment for program registration fees.

Arboretum Garden Tours 

Select Sundays, May through November
Meet in front of the Olin Science Center at 10 a.m. Tours last 60 to 90 minutes.
Free; no registration required

Native Plant Collection: July 7, Aug 4, Sept 1, Oct 6, Nov 3

Caroline Black Garden: July 14, Aug 11, Sept 8, Oct 13, Nov 10

Nature Printing Workshop

Saturday, June 29, 2 to 4 p.m.
John and Linda Sargent, Arboretum Volunteers
Use Williams Street entrance to the Arboretum, meet at Buck Lodge.
$20 ($15 members + CT Audubon), registration required
John Sargent is an artist and art teacher of many mediums and Linda is a teacher of young children.
For this workshop some of John’s relief prints created from wood grains, plants and floating ink on water will be on display to serve as inspiration for your own creativity. He will share easy techniques using nature’s materials to make print art that you can take home. Linda will facilitate nature printing activities for young children in the same room. Please wear old clothes or bring a smock. Adults and families welcome, children under 14 must be accompanied and guided by an adult.

Meadows and Fields Walk

Saturday, August 3, 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kathy Connolly, landscape designer, Speaking of Landscapes, LLC
Meet at 33 Gallows Lane, New London (former Science Center) parking lot.
$96 ($80 members)
Join the caravan as we visit meadows and fields in search of native flowers in full bloom and warm-season grasses. We begin with two meadows in the Arboretum, then carpool to three additional sites in southeastern Connecticut. This walking tour focuses on the value of meadows, how meadows grow, and how they persist. We’ll have lots of opportunity for plant identification and photography. An extensive resource and plant list is included. Most of the walking is on relatively level terrain, but surfaces may be uneven. Please wear good walking shoes and good insect protection. Bring a clipboard for taking notes. Provide your own transportation or carpool. Bring a bag lunch. This event is not appropriate for children under 12 or dogs.
Co-sponsored by Native Plant Trust.
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Fall 2019 Programs will be posted in August.