Saturday, January 15, 2011

Bartlett Arboretum

On a Beautiful October morning Carlos and I went on one of our discovery adventures. We began the day with breakfast at Cracker Barrel.

After breakfast we headed to the Merritt Parkway towards the Bartlett Arboretum. The colors along the Parkway were beautiful. Natures brushes had colored the trees with bright oranges, reds, and shades of yellow. The Merritt Parkway is one of the oldest parkways in the United States. It is designated as a National Scenic Byway and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.It is part of Route 15, and runs from the New York state line in Greenwich, and continues as the Hutchinson River Parkway, to the Housatonic River in Stratford, where the Wilbur Cross Parkway begins. The parkway was listed as one of America's Most Endangered Historic Places in 2010.

As we entered the Bartlett Arboretum we were greeted by the Visitor's center. The center was once the home of dendrologist Dr. Francis A. Bartlett. It now houses a horticulture resource library, Arboretum staff offices, a small gallery of art exhibits and a plant clinic that is open during the growing season.
The Arboretum is a living museum some of the collections you will find during your visit are:

  • Magnolia Display
  • Mehlquist Rhododendron Collection
  • Tea Family Collection
  • Red Maple Wetland
  • Pollarded Trees
  • Conifers
  • Champions
During the Summer months you can enjoy cocktails and music in the gardens. As we made our way through the Herb Garden the workers were preparing the garden for the long winter sleep. We admired the work of two ladies busy painting the scenery.

The best part of the afternoon was sitting on the benches and the adirondack chairs and absorbing the warm sun. It was truly a beautiful afternoon enjoying the quiet and Natures Blessings.

Photography Courtesy of Carlos I. Fernandez

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