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.

Wildflower Garden Tour led by Glenn Dreyer, May 2014


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.

Next tours: June 3- Native Plant Collection, June 10- Caroline Black Garden

Visiting the Arboretum
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
Rhododendron calendulaceum an azalea native to Eastern United States

Annual Friends Celebration: Azalea Garden Walk and Reception

Thursday, May 24, 4 to 6 p.m.

Meet at the Arboretum entrance on Williams Street

Established 40 years ago, the Nancy Moss Fine Azalea Garden displays 18 different types indigenous to eastern North America. At least one species can be found in bloom from late April through mid-August. This tour coincides with what we anticipate to be peak bloom time, so you are sure to experience the variety of fragrance and color.

Free for members and volunteers, registration required.

Not a member and would like to join us? Become an Arboretum member today!

The Crowd enjoying Music in the Meadow in the Arboretum's Outdoor Theater in June 2014

Music in the Meadow

Sunday, June 3, Gates open at 4 p.m.

Meet and purchase tickets in the Outdoor Theater.

$10 adults, $5 kids (cash only)

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for an enjoyable, family-friendly outdoor concert! Munchies Food Truck will be on site and/or bring your own picnic!

Music in the Meadow
A person tree climbing

Tree Climbing Competition

Saturday, June 9, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Meet at Chapel Green along Williams Street.


Each year the New England Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (NEC-ISA) brings together some of the most skilled climbers in the industry. Five climbing events measure professional tree climbers abilities; tours of Native Plant Collection and a Kids Tree Climb ($10 suggested donation per child) and other activities.