About Us

History

Founded in 1957 by Jane Duff, Greenwich Botanical Center is a member-based non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting horticulture, conservation and the arts through educational programs, outreach activities and special events.

In 2018 the organization changed its name from the Greenwich Education Center to Greenwich Botanical Center and introduced a new logo and updated mission to the community. These changes were made to better reflect a modernized programming roster that met the needs of new and shifting generations of nature lovers in Greenwich and beyond. 

“Wouldn’t this be a good idea for the garden clubs here to work as a group? We could have something that would be educational to people who were not members of garden clubs and would be educational to people who came from other parts of the country to learn of things that could be presented at the garden center.”  -Jane Duff, Founder

Today Greenwich Botanical Center is an oasis for environmental connection offering multi-generational enrichment, events and education.  We serve our community as a resource while providing exceptional public offerings through which everyone can enjoy nature.

We are located within the Montgomery Pinetum, in Cos Cob, CT, with greenhouses, learning garden, classrooms, pond, and magnificent collection of evergreens, woodland trails, wildflowers, peony garden, old stone structures, sculptures and a gift shop.


GREENWICH BOTANICAL CENTER HOURS

Greenwich Botanical Center Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Gift Shop Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Featuring local Cos Cob business:
habitatgreenwich and other local vendors for the holidays

Greenwich Botanical Center is closed on National Holidays.

Horticulture Building Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For inclement weather, the GBC follows the Greenwich Public School system.

Explore the Pomerance/Montgomery Pinetum Park - download the trail map.


DIRECTIONS

Greenwich Botanical Center, 130 Bible Street, Cos Cob, CT 06807

From I-95: Exit 5

  • Make a left on route 1/Post Road ( Putnam Ave) towards Greenwich
  • Continue for 1.3 miles to Orchard Street
  • Turn Right on Orchard Street
  • Continue 0.2 miles to Bible Street
  • Turn Right on Bible Street (0.7 miles) To the GBC on the left side of road in Montgomery Pinetum
  • Park after Montgomery Pinetum in 5th line at the end

 

From Merritt Parkway

Exit 31: North Street

  • Follow sign at end of exit ramp toward Greenwich Business District, taking North Street south to first traffic light.
  • Just before traffic light turn left and bear right onto Old Church Road. Follow Old Church Road to the end traffic light.
  • Turn left onto Route 1 Post Road (Putnam Ave.). At the seventh traffic light, turn left onto Orchard Street.
  • Proceed .2 miles and turn right onto Bible Street.
  • Follow Bible Street .7 miles; the entrance to the Greenwich Botanical Center on your left, sign reading Montgomery Pinetum Park.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Meg McAuley Kaicher, President 2018-2020
MegMK@GreenwichBotanicalCenter.org

Diane Lampert, VP of Development
DianeL@GreenwichBotanicalCenter.org

Geoff Lazlo, VP of Membership
GeoffL@GreenwichBotanicalCenter.org

Lisa Moser, Treasurer
LisaM@GreenwichBotanicalCenter.org

Anita O’Sullivan, VP of Governance

Margery Scotti, VP of Horticulture
MargeryS@GreenwichBotanicalCenter.org

Judy Soto, VP of Program
JudyS@GreenwichBotancialCenter.org

Johnna Yeskey, Secretary

Hon. Peter J. Tesei, Ex-Officio

Emily Auerswald, Dorinda Bishop, Jennifer Butler, Bharti Chojar, Kimberly Conte, Pamela Frisoli, Joan Gyesky, Neisha Hosein, Anita O’Sullivan, Susan Price, Betty Roberts, Carol Scott

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Katie Brown, Andy Chapin, Connie Cowen, Maureen FitzPatrick, Kathy Flatley, Carolyn Gilbert, Diane Jennings, Betty Johnson, Miriam Landsman, Paul Master-Karnik, Sarah Morena, Emily Ragsdale, Denise Savageau, Frank Smurlo, Bruce Spaman, Nancy Carbone, Barbara Collier

 

STAFF

Lisa Beebe, Director of Horticulture
LisaBB@GreenwichBotanicalCenter.org

Jennifer Behette, Director of Youth Programming
JenniferB@GreenwichBotanicalCenter.org

Lisa Carmona, Administrative Director
LisaC@GreenwichBotanicalCenter.org

Beth Cavanaugh, Director of Sales & Marketing
Marketing@GreenwichBotanicalCenter.org