If you haven’t visited Ellicottville’s Nannen Arboretum in a while, the upcoming weeks are the perfect time to do so, with two very special events on the docket.

Monarch Butterfly Restoration in WNY

The Nannen Arboretum Society is very excited to have David O’Donnel, President of the Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm from Clarence NY, as the speaker on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. Through presentations, education, butterfly releases, and native plant distribution, Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm is changing the way we view our landscaping. The Monarch Butterfly is a symbol of nature in America, a symbol of clean water, clean air and natural habitat.  Pollinators are essential for helping to make the food we eat every day. You will learn about monarch butterflies, their predators, diseases and problematic invasive plants. You will also learn the basics of constructing a butterfly garden, hardscape as well as plants. Butterfly friendly plants will be available for purchase. Pre-registration is appreciated, just send an email with your contact information to There is a nominal fee of $5 payable at the door.

A Guided Walk Sept. 24

Come and view the beautiful autumn foliage at the ‘Best Kept Secret in Ellicottville’, the Nannen Arboretum.  The Nannen Arboretum Society members welcome you to take a complimentary guided tour through the Nannen Arboretum on Sunday, Sept. 24, 12:30 to  3:30 p.m. Guided tours will begin at the entrance to the arboretum with society members stationed throughout the arboretum to provide interesting facts and history about the various features and plantings. Highlighted will be:

• Crab Apple and Evergreen collection – learn about the diverse varieties of trees planted here;

• Carolyn Lowe Herb Garden – check out the 12 different herb gardens;

• Northrup Nature Hall and Chapman Nature Sanctuary – plan your next educational/cultural event at one of these two sites, weddings too;

• Lake Nipponica – learn about the influence of Japanese cultural on John Ploetz, developer of the arboretum;

• Japanese Stone Garden – practice your meditation skills in this Zen based stone garden;

• Demonstration Garden – view the Pollinator friendly plants maintained by the members of the Nannen Arboretum Society;

• Refreshments will be provided on the Rotary Patio along the back of the Town Center Building located at the Nannen Arboretum.

The Nannen Arboretum is located at 28 Parkside Drive (at the corner of Parkside Drive and Fillmore Avenue), Ellicottville NY. Check them out at