The Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens was recognized as a Fairfield County Green Coast Award winner for Organic Gardening/Education. The awards were announced Wednesday, November 17th, at The Annual Green Faire Business Expo. The Green Coast Awards, sponsored by the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, honor and recognize individuals, businesses, services, and organizations throughout Fairfield County that are socially and environmentally responsible, promote sustainability, have high ethical standards and make conscious decisions everyday to improve our communities and the health of the planet.
The Bartlett Arboretum, a non-profit organization, is a dynamic educational and recreational resource for residents of Fairfield County and beyond. The 91-acre property located at 151 Brookdale Road in Stamford is a living museum of champion majestic trees, rare plant collections, themed gardens, and natural landscapes traversed by hiking and walking trails as the former residence and training school of Dr. Francis Bartlett since 1913. When the Bartlett Arboretum was opened to the public for the first time in 1966, the grounds and facilities were under the auspices of the Department of Environmental Protection while the University of Connecticut’s Department of Plant Science managed the operations and programming. In 2002, the title to the land was transferred to the City of Stamford with the Bartlett Arboretum Association responsible for al oversight of the property.
The Bartlett offers on-site and outreach community education programs for all ages, an extensive horticultural library, a herbarium, summer plant clinics, and seasonal events and family festivals.
In 2011 the Silver Educational Center will open and will enhance the Center’s offerings to the community including topics on sustainability, environmentally friendly plant care, good gardening practices, and a wide variety of topics that preserve the integrity of botanical study and appreciation of our natural resources.