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The Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens is a 37-hectare living museum of gardens, parks and landscapes, hiking trails, and plants from different regions of the world, specifically the Southwestern New England. It is located along Brookdale Road at Stamford, Connecticut.

The museum features six different collections of plants. The Magnolia Collection covers the entrance drive going inside the museum. It has several species which grows over 30 feet because it fits the cold climate of the Connecticut. The collection of Seasonal Displays features the diverse species of plants in Tropical regions. Flowery plants are blooming from mid June to early frost season. The Tea Family collection is home to Theaceae with more than 350 species inside the Arboretum.

One of the must-see gardens in Bartlett Arboretum is the Red Maple Wetland. It is the only Red Maple swamps present in the area which thrives well with other hybrid of plants. It is also home to some animals like raccoons, barred owls, salamanders, spring peepers, woodpeckers, and snapping turtles.

Further, the Mehlquist Rhododendron Collections lies in one-acre land of the garden wherein different species of Rhododendron plants are thriving. This area was named after Dr. G.A.L. Mehlquist, a scientist in University of Connecticut who contributed lots of studies about the plant. On the other hand, the Champion collection shows the tallest and sturdiest trees of New England. Champion trees are being marked based on the criteria of American Forestry Association. These trees have usually large canopies and wide circumference of trunk measured 4.5 from the ground.
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