In partnership with the Wilton Garden Club, this 60-year-old collection houses hundreds of specimens of native flora, meticulously pressed, mounted, and systematically arranged for study.
Still maintained and augmented by the Garden Club, this unusual resource is an amazing research tool and priceless record of the botanical history of Wilton.
Housed in the Russell Wilton History Room, all library members are welcome to visit during our open hours.
Search the contents of the Herbarium by species name, locality, and more.
Written in 1992 by the Wilton Garden Club, this award-winning book Is an account of plants growing in our town and the recorded history of their presence.
The essays, botanical drawings, maps, and checklist of almost one thousand plant species should be of interest to gardeners, horticulturists, conservationists, and botanists.
Authenticated herbarium material provides the information for the legal protection of rare, endangered, or unusual species throughout the state.
Species identification is particularly useful in determining wetlands and their boundaries.
The herbarium is available and accessible to local advisors and land use planners.
The herbarium is available to the public.
It is helpful to landowners who wish to verify the identity of plants growing on their property.
Students, teachers, and researchers can study confusing species within the same genus, placing them side by side for comparative analysis. Flowers or fruits can be closely studied at any time of the year. Details can be studied with a hand lens.
A herbarium has significant historic value because it records the natural flora of a particular site at a specific time, truly preserving yesterday for today and today for tomorrow.
Identifying micro climates and helping in studying how global warming may be changing habitats.
In 2012, the Garden Club named the herbarium collection The Marybeth Wheeler Herbarium to honor the remarkable woman who initiated the project. She energetically led the many Club members who worked on the project, guiding and maintaining high standards for over twenty years.
Members collected about 550 native and naturalized plants found in Wilton and several hundred additional plants representative of Connecticut.
The Wilton Garden Club and the Herbarium is committed to protecting endangered species and preserving the environment. We do not collect legally protected species and ensure the preservation of species by leaving the roots, only collecting when the species is in abundance, donated by property owners or rescued from loss of habitat.
No one should collect legally protected plants.
They should be allowed to grow where they are for botanical study and enjoyment of all!