U‌pcoming Programs: Spring 2015
For further information or to register for any of the following programs, please call 860-439-5020 or email arbor@conncoll.edu. You can also view the programs we have offered in the past.


Secret Garden Tour
Saturday, June 6, 2-3:30 p.m.
Mary Villa, Curator
Meet at the blue sculpture near New London Hall.
Free, please register

Take a tour of several gardens on the Connecticut College campus to gain inspiration for your own garden. From the perspective of a landscape designer, learn how to evaluate the landscape with examples of what works and what doesn’t. Topics covered will include combining plants for beauty and four seasons of interest, enhancing wildlife habitat, drought tolerance and low maintenance.


Annual Members and Friends Night
Friday, June 12, 7-9 p.m.
Meet in Olin Science Center.

Oak and Us

Professional arborist and award-winning nature writer William Bryant Logan deftly relates the delightful history of the reciprocal relationship between humans and oak trees since time immemorial—a profound link that has almost been forgotten. From the ink of Bach’s cantatas, to the first boat to reach the New World, to the wagon, the barrel, and the sword, oak trees have been a constant presence throughout our history. In fact, civilization prospered where oaks grew, and for centuries these supremely adaptable, generous trees have supported humankind in nearly every facet of life. 

Bill Logan is a certified arborist and president of Urban Arborists, Inc., a Brooklyn-based tree company. Logan was recognized by the International Society of Arboriculture as a True Professional of Arboriculture in 2012 and has won numerous Quill and Trowel Awards from the Garden Writers of America. He is on faculty at the New York Botanical Garden and is the author of Oak and Dirt, the latter of which was made into an award-winning documentary. 

Also on the evening’s schedule:

  • Highlights of the Arboretum year
  • Capturing the Beauty of Nature2015 Photo Contest Exhibition and Awards Presentation
  • Recognition of Volunteers
  • Reception in Olin Lounge


Bolles Farm site chimney foundationAn Archaeology Walking Tour of 18th Century Farmsteads and Social Landscape in New London
Saturday, June 13, 2-3:30 p.m.
Anthony Graesch, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology
Meet at 33 Gallows Lane.
Free members, $10 general public

North of Gallows Lane, the landscape is laced with stonewalls which is one visible legacy of the land’s history. Samuel Bolles started his homestead here in 1763, and it was occupied through 1944 when the house burned to the ground. A large foundation and unusual chimney base, barn foundation and other outbuilding remnants now mark the site. Participants will visit several archaeological sites featuring the remains of residential architecture that are the focus of ongoing research projects and learn about eighteenth century colonial uses of the landscape, social dynamics, class and slavery.


Music in the Meadow
Friday, June 19, 6:30-9:30 p.m. (6 p.m. doors)
Enter Native Plant Collection at Williams Street. Park along Williams Street or on campus at Bolles House, Horizon House (Admissions) or South Lot.
$8 in advance ($10 day of); $5 children under 12. Arboretum Members get one free ticket, must register one week in advance of performance.
This year’s concert in the Outdoor Theater boasts another stellar line-up of three original bands from the region. Bring blankets or beach chairs to sit on; picnic and insect repellent are encouraged. A local food truck will also be on hand.
The rain date for the concert is Sunday, June 21, 4:30-7:30 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.)

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Green Animals Camel shaped shrubRhode Island Garden Expedition to Blithewold and Green Animals
Tuesday, June 23, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Park/Meet at South Lot, Connecticut College
$65 members, $80 general public
Join us for a day trip to two gardens on Narragansett Bay: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum and Green Animals Topiary Garden. Guided tours at our destinations will be followed by some free time to explore. Walking the grounds of Blithewold, you may be drawn to the cool shade of the Bosquet (“enclosed woodland”), enjoy the solitude of the Water Garden, absorb the history of the Enclosed Garden, or be dazzled by the abundance of the Display Gardens. Green Animals is a small country estate with more than 80 pieces of topiary throughout the gardens, including animals and birds, geometric figures and ornamental designs, sculpted from California privet, yew, and English boxwood. The estate also features vegetable and herb gardens, orchards and a Victorian house overlooking the bay. Sure to inspire garden enthusiasts!
Bring your own lunch to enjoy on the Blithewold terrace, or purchase a box lunch ($18 in advance).

Flock Theatre presents—
Shakespeare in the Arboretum’s Outdoor Theater
Enter Native Plant Collection at Williams Street.
$15 adults, $10 seniors, students, active military
No advance tickets, box office opens at 6 p.m.
Arboretum Members get one free ticket, must register one week in advance of performance
The New London-based Flock Theatre has presented “Shakespeare in the Arboretum” since 1994. People, picnics and blankets cover the Outdoor Theater’s grassy slopes and the Arboretum pond makes a perfect backdrop for enjoying these marvelous productions. Bring blankets or beach chairs to sit on; picnic and insect repellent are encouraged. For more information or weather cancellations visit Flock Theatre on Facebook or call 860-443-3119.

Twelfth Night or What You Will
Thursday-Sunday, June 25-28, 7 p.m.
One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies involving love, mistaken identity, cross-dressing, music, and loads of foolery. In addition to the levity there is a great sense of humanity, self-reflection, and wisdom behind these characters and their story. Discover what lies underneath the mask!

Titus Andronicus
Wed.-Sunday, July 15-19 and 22-26, 7 p.m.
Another Flock Theatre first after their successful production of Cymbeline last summer! Considered one of the Bard’s bloodiest plays, Titus Andronicus is not for the faint of heart. War, murder, horror, revenge, and a touch of madness; come see this rarely produced yet thrilling play performed under the stars.

painting in plein air class at Connecticut College ArboretumPainting the Landscape

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 4:30- 6:30 p.m.
Julie Garvin Riggs, Florence Griswold Museum
Meet at the Williams Street entrance to the Native Plant Collection
$15 members, $20 general public
Capture the beauty of the Arboretum with plein-air painting. This outdoor workshop begins with an introductory lesson about the tools and techniques of the American Impressionist painters. Students then paint a landscape using authentic artist’s materials (acrylic paints, palette, brushes, canvas board, smock) down by the Arboretum Pond or in Buck Lodge (inclement weather option). Each participant will leave with a completed landscape painting. For artists of all levels and students of all ages.


Senior Lecturer Beverly Chomiak GIS classFinding Your Way with Map and Compass                                                                                
Saturday, Aug. 22, 9 a.m.-noon
Beverly Chomiak, Lecturer in Geology and Environmental Studies
Meet at 33 Gallows Lane.
Free, Registration Required
Participants will explore the Goodwin Natural Area of the Arboretum, north of Gallows Lane. After learning a few basics of navigation, explorers will set out in groups on self-designated hikes to visit 8 points of interest. A prize will be awarded to the first group that makes it back with treasures scavenged from the locations. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants appropriate for hiking. Ages 8 through adult; children under 16 must be accompanied by adult.