Join Us for "Gardens Filled with Life" on Saturday, October 10

Carolyn Summers will present Gardens Filled with Life: Designing with northeastern flora at Highstead Saturday, October 10 at 10 a.m. She will speak about current research that shows the many ways native plants support a healthy, biodiverse landscape. Summers will also offer tips to minimize harm from exotic plants, including the use of native substitutes to fit a variety of landscape and garden styles.

Carolyn Summers is a landscape architect, college professor, and author of the book “Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East.” For additional information about Carolyn Summers' work, visit

Highstead Welcomes Conservation Interns

We are pleased to welcome three conservation interns who will spend 12 weeks at Highstead working on various projects related to Hudson to Housatonic (H2H), the Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Network Gathering, and the Fairfield County RCP. Zachary Mann, who was also an ecology intern at Highstead this summer, graduated from Unity College with a degree in biology, Kevin Martin is a graduate of Roger Williams University with a BS in environmental science and a minor in visual arts, and Whitner Chase graduated from Davidson College with a degree in biology and environmental studies.

Highstead Hosts Fall Art Exhibit

Highstead hosted an opening reception for the annual Fall Art Exhibit Sunday, September 20. This year’s show is titled Microcosm: Finding patterns in tiny worlds and features works of art created by members of the Greater New York Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. 

During the opening, the artists in attendance described their pieces and the significance behind their designs. Microcosm will be on display at the Highstead Barn through October 30 and visitors are welcome to view the art Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Check Out the Latest Highstead Newsletter

Highstead’s latest newsletter celebrates this year’s programming and activities, which focus on learning about our landscapes. In it you’ll find updates on: 

  • Larry Weaner's presentation titled, "Natural Landscapes: Meadows, Woods, and Water"
  • Thomas Christopher's talk about planting sustainable turf
  • Hudson to Housatonic (H2H) Conservation Initiative
  • Long-term ecological research plots at Highstead
  • Our expanded internship program
  • Click here to read the newsletter.

    Landowners Gather for H2H Meeting at Tarrywile

    Local landowners gathered June 17 to share concerns about their land, water quality, and animal habitat as part of the Hudson to Housatonic (H2H) Initiative. The informal meeting took place at Tarrywile Park and Mansion and attendees discussed ways of improving their backyards, including plant buffers along streams and lakes, gardening with native plants, and removing invasive species. Highstead supports H2H, which works across southwestern Connecticut and eastern New York to help landowners protect their land and enhance water quality and habitat. Learn more about H2H here