The BTG House and Garden biennial Event offers docent lead tours inside 14 quintessential Chautauqua properties. Additionally this year, a wide range of interesting private and public gardens will be on display offering both self guided tours as well as master gardener talks scheduled throughout the day. Touring house interiors begins at Noon through 5pm, but, a house tour ticket allows access to the grounds all day from 8am–8pm. So arrive early and plan to spend the day on the grounds. Check for all the details.

Enjoy refreshments and music by the Dixie LakeSiders at Smith Wilkes Hall. Quite a few more surprises are in store for visitors.

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The Chautauqua Bird Tree and Garden Club provides 90 free events related to these grounds, the natural world and topics effecting our planet. Occurring at venues across the grounds, we invite you to join one of the many nature talks, walks and chats. Our nature guides and master gardeners conduct tours of the gardens, lead guided discovery thru the grounds and are experts on topics related to birds, trees, gardens, and monarchs. Explore Nature ~ Be Amazed!

Our lecture series occur at Smith Wilkes Hall Mondays and Tuesdays 12:15. Visitors are encouraged to bring a lunch and settle in to hear an expert in the field. 'Monday 12:15 Monarch and More' speakers present information related to these incredible butterflies struggling for survival and in many cases are symbolic of the challenges occurring throughout the natural world. Our Butterflies and Blooms initiative encourages home owners to create 'eco-systems' in their gardens using native plants. The 'Tuesday 12:15 Brown Bag' lecturers range from a Seneca Indian, a nationally recognized floral designer, photographers, bird experts, authors, researchers and bee keepers to name a few. With a focus on eco/lake and monarch friendly practices, take notes on a topic and apply the learning back home.

The 2018 Program Brochure for events that occur throughout the season will be available June 1. Access our website and take a look at the 2017 line up for a sample of last year's program. Many events are suitable for children and multi generational. If you have any questions, please email us at

Support the Bird Tree and Garden Club with membership - for you or as a gift. Annual and Life memberships are available by completing an application.

BTG Membership Application (PDF)


2018 BTG Brochure


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Weekly Events

Weekly Events


Monarch and More  12:15pm at Smith Wilkes Hall 
Lake Walks  6:30pm Heinz Beach at the Youth Activities Center back porch


Bird Talk and Walks 7:30am at Smith Wilkes Hall
Brown Bag Programs 12:15pm at Smith Wilkes Hall
Garden Walks 4:15pm at Smith Wilkes Hall back patio


Garden Walks 9:15am at Fletcher Music Hall, tour concludes near the Amphitheater
Garden Workshops 4:15pm at Smith Wilkes Hall on select Wednesdays
Bat Chats 4:15pm at Smith Wilkes Hall


Nature/Tree Talks 4:15pm, See program guide for location


Nature Walks 9:15am at Smith Wilkes
Purple Martin Chats 4:15pm lakefront between the Bell Tower and Sports Club