The Connecticut College Arboretum provides a welcome connection with the natural world, offering opportunities for teaching, research, conservation, recreation and public education.

The Arboretum is open to the public seven days a week from dawn to dusk.

Tap Into Maple Syrup class stands under a sugar maple tree.

Tap into Maple Syrup Production

Saturday, February 24, 10 a.m. to noon

Jim Luce, Supervisor of Grounds
Meet in Olin Science Center Lounge.
$10 (free members), registration required
Enjoy time outdoors making one of nature’s sweet treats. Maple syrup starts to run in late winter when temperatures climb above freezing during the day and drop back below freezing at night. Participants will learn how to identify different species of maple trees, install a spile and safely produce syrup.

bird sitting on flowering crabapple branch

Gardening Series at Public Library of New London

Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This series of classes designed to help city dwellers grow healthy, sustainable and beautiful urban gardens.
Meet in the Community Room, 63 Huntington St. New London
Free, registration suggested (sign up for one, two or all three)

February 27, Ecological Landscaping

Maggie Redfern, Connecticut College Arboretum
Are you interested in cultivating a garden that is in harmony with nature? This presentation will introduce environmentally sound practices including planting native plants, removing exotic invasive plants, letting naturalized plants grow, reducing fossil fuel usage, and not using chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

March 6, Gardening for Wildlife

Kim Hargrave, Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
As open spaces shrink, wildlife becomes dependent on our yards for survival. No matter where you live or the size of your yard, it can become an important part of an animal’s life. Attracting pollinators, birds and butterflies will all be covered.

March 13, Creating Rain Gardens

Mike Dietz, NEMO Program Director
Rain gardens are increasingly being used to reduce stormwater pollution in Connecticut. Besides performing this important function, they can also enhance the landscape of your yard. This presentation will provide information on how to design, site, size, install and maintain rain gardens.

Winter Tree ID Workshop

Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m. to noon

Mary Villa, Arboretum Curator
Meet in New London Hall, Classroom 101.
Free, registration required

This workshop starts indoors with a brief introduction to plant identification using keys. Then we will head outside to look at deciduous, native trees while they are dormant.

Programs and Activities
Rhododendron pink puff an azalea native to Eastern United States

The Nancy Moss Fine Native Azalea Garden

The Nancy Moss Fine Native Azalea Garden is located in the Native Plant Collection. This garden was established in 1978 with funding from the family as a memorial to Nancy Moss Fine (1929-1965). The Fine Native Azalea Garden includes seventy-nine deciduous Rhododendron shrubs. Fifteen are species and three are selections of natural hybrids. There are a total of eighteen taxa represented. 

The Nancy Moss Fine Native Azalea Garden