Past Programs 

Free Guided Tour: Native Plant Collection
Sunday, June 6, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Arboretum Docent
This plant collection primarily features trees and shrubs native to eastern North America. June is a great time to see our mountain laurel in bloom, our wildflower garden at its finest, and beginnings of spring color.
The tour will meet at the entrance to the Native Plant Collection which is located at approximately 830 Williams Street. Plenty of parking is available on Williams Street. (Public access to the College through the main entrance on Mohegan Avenue is currently restricted.) 
Free, registration required by Friday 6/4 at noon (email

Free Guided Tour: Caroline Black Garden Tour
Sunday, June 13, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Arboretum Docent
Also known as the secret garden of Connecticut College, this four-acre garden features native and exotic ornamental trees and shrubs arranged in a series of garden rooms and a Japanese inspired water feature.
The tour will meet at the entrance to the Caroline Black Garden which is located across the street from the main entrance at Connecticut College. Parking is available at 4 Winchester Road which is off of Route 32/Mohegan Avenue.
Free, registration required by Friday 6/11 at noon (email

Softwood Cutting Propagation Demo and Walk
Saturday, June 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Maggie Redfern, Assistant Director
Participants will tour the Native Plant Collection and learn techniques of how to collect, stick, and successfully root softwood cuttings, and how to apply these practices at home.  A limited number of cuttings may be made in class.  Bring plastic vegetable bags, pruners, and a Sharpie-type marker to label your bags.  You are welcome to bring a lunch and explore the Arboretum on your own after the program.     
Free for Arboretum and Wild Ones members, registration required by Friday 6/11 at noon (email

Free Guided Tour: Benham Meadow Exploration
Sunday, October 18, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Take a tour of the meadows near Mamacoke Island.  Explore both naturally occurring meadows and areas that were cleared and seeded nearly two decades ago with native grasses and wildflowers. Learn about how the different fields have developed and been maintained as early successional habitat for conservation purposes. We’ll also be identifying the diversity of goldenrods, asters, other wildflowers and grasses found in the 12-acre area.
The tour will meet at the east end of Benham Avenue, Waterford/ Quaker Hill. Take route 32 north and turn right on Benham Avenue. Meet and park at the east end, just before the railroad crossing. Parking area: (41.386618, -72.100561). 
Free, registration required by Friday 10/17 at 12 noon. 

Full Moon Walk
Friday, October 30, 8 to 9 p.m. EST
Experience the Arboretum in a new light, under the Blue Moon. This night tour led by Maggie Redfern, Arboretum assistant director, will explore best spots for viewing the moon in the Native Plant Collection. Star gaze as you take in the sights and sounds. Bring your family, your favorite person to watch the moon with and a flashlight. (Rain cancels event.)
Meet at Arboretum entrance on Williams Street.
Free, registration required by Friday 10/30 at 12 noon.

All about Autumn Color Tour
Sunday, October 28, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
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. Arboretum director emeritus Glenn Dreyer, will lead this walk across campus and through the Native Plant Collection, highlighting 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.

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop 
Saturday, December 1, 9 a.m. to noon
Leigh Knuttel, Horticulturalist and Mary Villa, Curator
Meet at 33 Gallows Lane.
$40 ($30 members)
This festive Arboretum event takes place every year during the holiday season. After a brief demonstration, participants will begin practicing the craft of wreath-making. Each participant will go home with an extraordinary wreath for holiday decorating. Bring hand pruners and any other embellishments you wish to incorporate. Everything else will be provided. Space is limited, register early.

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