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22. A Living Museum of Flora and Fauna

Take a left to exit the center and a left onto High Ridge Rd. (Rte. 137) passing the North Stamford Reservoir, take a left on Brookdale Rd., proceed for 3/10 of a mile to the entrance of the Bartlett Arboretim Gardens on the right.

Interspersed amid 91 acres of specimen trees and plants including collections of conifers, pollarded trees, magnolia's, tea family, and witch's broom as well as distinct natural habitats including woodlands, wetlands, and meadows is a series of ten trails that meander through this stunning property. Seasonal highlights include the Mehlquist Rhododendron Collection that encompasses over an acre and a half of land and contains several hundred species ablaze with color to admire. The seasonal gardens of summer include formal and informal gardens as well as the intriguing Tropical Garden that makes a visit this time of year especially evocative. A fall favorite is a walk along the boardwalk to admire the fire colors of maples and ctach a glimpse of the wildlife found in the wetlands.  Of special note is the twenty plus trees found here of notable or champion status, many of which were planted by F.A. Bartlett when the property was being used as the research laboratory of the Bartlett Tree Company.

In addition to exploring the grounds, the Bartlett Visitor Center offers year-round educational programs, a horticulture resource library, art exhibits, and a plant clinic open during the growing season