Picnic In the Park

Please note programs are tentative depending on the latest COVID restrictions imposed by the Governor.

Membership Meeting

Join Connecticut College Arboretum assistant director Maggie Redfern on a walk looking at notable trees of Harkness Memorial State Park. Hundreds of beautiful trees grace the magnificent landscape, such as tuliptree, ginkgo, Japanese cypress, catalpa, horse chestnut, apples and several species of maple. Many are unusual horticultural varieties unseen in their mature form. We will look at the biggest and the oldest as well as more recent plantings that were designed to complement the historic landscape.

September Membership Meeting


A unique coastal location and diversity of habitat make Harkness Memorial State Park one of the best bird watching locations in Connecticut. Bob MacDonnell will present a photographic and informative journey into some of the highlights that make the Harkness one of the state’s birding hotspots.

October Meeting

Eolia Mansion 275 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT, United States

On October 18 at 7PM at the Harkness Mansion, Friends of Harkness will be hosting Ed Bird, Paranormal Researcher as speaker for our October Membership Meeting. Ed is a founding member of CRIPT (Connecticut Research Into the Paranormal) which was started in November of 2006 primarily to research the Connecticut area for paranormal activity through use...

Judith Tankard, Noted Landscape Historian

Judith Tankard, Noted Landscape Historian, will be signing her new book on Beatrix Farrand, in which the Harkness gardens are prominently featured at 5:30 PM on June 6, 2022, with a slide presentation to follow at 6 PM. Members free Non members $10  Judith B. Tankard is a landscape historian, author, and preservation consultant. She received...