Access Point: Near 133 Bible Street
Additional Information: http://www.greenwichct.org/upload/medialibrary/836/prFA_MontgomeryPinetumPark.pdf
In the 1920's when the Montgomery's purchased their Cos Cob estate known as "Wild Acres", the colonel has already enjoyed a distinguished career as a certified public accountant, soldier of two wars, university professor and writer. As recounted in his biography, he next sought a hobby, which would be educational, would create beauty and would render social service. From this tall order came the idea of starting a "Pinetum", (pronounced pie-NEE-tum), or collection of pines. From contacts through the world, Colonel Montgomery sought to obtain one or more specimens of every procurable variety of conifer, or cone-bearing plant, to add to the already existing hemlock forest on his Cos Cob estate. In 1945, the Colonel donated 200 of his most choice specimens to New York Botanical Garden; almost 80 specimens remain, however, on the property. On the occasion of the presentation of the conifer collection, a new dwarf spruce, Picea Pungens Glauca R.H. Montgomery, was christened. A fine example is now located near the garden center building in recognition of Colonel Montgomery's 1953 gift to the Town of his property "Wild Acres".
Armed with map and tree guide, available from Garden Center office, you may choose to begin exploring the Pinetum from the flagstone terrace where the vista to the south of the manicured lawns ending at the reflecting pond is particularly beautiful. In spring, the display of massed Tulips, Daffodils and early azaleas frames the view in glorious color. At the foot of the terrace to your left, note the tall Sargent's weeping hemlock. During sudden showers, walkers have been known to shelter under its wide reach. Further below on the lawn on the far side of the driveway is an exceptionally handsome green Japanese threadleaf Maple. When in leaf, the waves of branches seem to mirror the gentle hillocks of the spacious lawn. Arriving at the edge of the reflecting pond and perhaps pausing on a summer's day to admire the water lilies or count the juvenile frogs on the lily pads, you will see a trail sign for a short tree identification walk around the perimeter of the pond and meadow beyond.