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Welcome to Hortulus 

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.

TODAY, our membership is made up of women who share a love for all things gardening. We are master gardeners, novice gardeners, conservationists, artists, photographers, floral designers, community volunteers, civic leaders, teachers and so much more.

About Us

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.

Civic Projects

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.

Floral Design

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

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens
Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich
Bruce Park - Gazebo
Center for Plant Conservation
Connecticut Fund for the Environment
Friends of Greenwich Point
The Garden Club of America
The Garden Conservancy
GCA Scholarship Fund
Greenwich Audubon Center -
   George Ashforth Pond
   Anna & Avery Rockefeller Backyard Bird Habitat
   Hortulus Wildflower Garden
Greenwich Botanical Center - Teich Garden
Greenwich Community Gardens

Greenwich Daffodil Society
Greenwich Green & Clean
Greenwich Historical Society -
   Hortulus American Impressionist Era Gardens & Grape Arbor
Greenwich Land Trust -
   Hortulus Wetlands Garden and Converse Brook Preserve
Greenwich Tree Conservancy
Greenwich Youth Conservation Program
Meals-on-Wheels of Greenwich
The Mews
The Nathaniel Witherell Friendship Garden
Town of Greenwich
Neighbor to Neighbor
The New York Botanical Garden
The Student Conservation Association (SCA)

Contact Us

PO Box 4666
Greenwich, CT 06831

Founded in 1930, Hortulus is a 501(c)3 and a member of the Garden Club of America and the Federated Garden Clubs of CT .

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