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.

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
A bench in the Caroline Black Garden.

Guided Tours

First and Second Sunday of each month - May through November

Join one of the Arboretum's knowledgable docents for a free guided tour. The first Sunday of each month will be a tour of the Native Plant Collection and the second Sunday will be of the Caroline Black Garden. Tours are generally 1 to 1.5 hours long. All tours start promptly at 10 a.m. Registration is not required. Please meet at the entrance of Olin Science Center on campus for all tours.

Visiting the Arboretum

David Smalley Sculpture Tour

Wednesday, October 18, 5 to 6 p.m.

Barbara Zabel, Professor Emeritus of Art History and David Smalley Memorial Exhibition guest curator
Meet at the Ad Astra Garden at the north side of Tempel Green.
Free; no registration required
Join Barbara Zabel for a tour of David Smalley sculptures exhibited on the campus landscape of Connecticut College and the grounds of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Several of David’s colleagues will add their thoughts about the sculptures and their work with David. Artist and New London native David Smalley (1940-2015), pioneered the use of computer technology as a tool for creating sculpture, and founded the Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College, where he taught studio art for three decades.

Collecting Seeds for Propagation

Collecting Seeds for Propagation

Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m. to noon

Maggie Redfern, Arboretum Assistant Director
Meet in New London Hall, Botany Lab room 112.
$25 (members $15); registration required
There’s nothing more satisfying to a gardener than growing plants from seed. From wildflowers and perennials to trees and shrubs, success can be achieved if you understand what and when to collect to make it happen. Following a lecture in the classroom, we will collect seeds from the Arboretum grounds. Bring hand pruners if you have them. You will leave class with numerous seeds to care for.

Autumn Color in the Arboretum - Native Plant Collection Entrance

All About Autumn Color Tour

Sunday, October 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Glenn Dreyer, Arboretum Director
Meet in front of the Olin Science Center. 
Free; no registration required
New England is one of the best places in the world to enjoy the annual color that happens before our deciduous forests drop their leaves for winter. This walk across campus and through the Native Plant Collection, will highlight some of the most reliable species for adding fall color to your garden and review the processes that lead to the brilliant reds, yellows, oranges and purples.

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