HORTULUS, which means "little garden" in Latin, was founded in 1930 by Elizabeth Hyde Brownell and friends in Greenwich, Connecticut. The purpose of Hortulus is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening and creative design; to protect, restore and improve the quality of the environment through education, programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.
In 1936 Hortulus was invited to become a member of the Garden Club of America. Hortulus members have enjoyed recognition for horticulture, flower arranging, photography and conservation, receiving awards and prizes for their work.
Members have always put their hearts and hands into community involvement by providing their time, expertise and monetary grants to projects in our community whose efforts are in line with Hortulus’s purpose, vision, mission, and values.
We promote respect for natural resources and responsibility for environmental stewardship. Working locally with various organizations, our members are well informed on current conservation issues and take action where needed.
All members are encouraged to participate in creating and sharing the artistic beauty of floral design by taking part in educational workshops, flower shows, and creating beautiful arrangements for a friend or your home.
From seed sharing to propagation workshops, our objective is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening. Members learn more about the plants we grow and share with our community the benefits of using native and pollinator friendly plants.
In capturing the natural landscape through photography, the skill of our members ranges from novice to professional. Photos are a blend of art and science and all members are encouraged to explore their world through the lens of a camera.
Our Community Partners
Greenwich Daffodil Society