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From the CEO's Desk

Jane von Trapp, the Arboretum's CEO

From Jane’s Desk
Winter Wonderland

The holidays are behind us, and old man winter has moved in to the Arboretum.

But the Bartlett doesn't roll over and hibernate. This is the time when we welcome a new cohort of Master Gardener interns, teach professional Arboriculture classes, provide drop-in days for children and families during winter vacation days, and most importantly, dream about the spring gardens.

New this winter, we will offer classes for adults who don't want to make the commitment of the UConn Extension Master Gardener program, but do want to know how to plant a vegetable garden start seeds, prune their shrubs, and landscape their homes. In children's education, plans are underway for a new and improved summer camp experience, which will offer older children "explorers" an advanced STEM experience, in addition to our younger children's camp.

Landscape plans are underway for the new acreage in the Conifer Garden, which will become a reference garden for the American Conifer Society. The Boston firm featuring Landscape Architect Kyle Zick will spend the winter creating a display that will attract conifer enthusiasts nationwide to the Bartlett.

If you need a boost during these cold months, drop by the Bartlett Greenhouse during the week, where the warm, humid air and surprising blooms of cacti, orchids, and tropicals will delight you. When we have snow, the trails are perfect for cross country skiing and snowshoeing as well as walking your canine friend. Purchase a Doggie Membership and get your free "I walk my owner at the Bartlett" leash and take advantage of free dog training classes by OPIN trainers on Wednesday evenings in the Silver Educational Center. You might spy our new Arboretum mascot, Addie, my sweet Golden puppy, out on the trails sporting her new leash.

If you have time to volunteer, we have a myriad of opportunities available. We are always looking for reception greeters and committee members. Please don't hesitate to let us know about your interests, and we'll try to find the right spot for you to help.

Come join us!


S. Jane von Trapp
Chief Executive Officer