Located in the Greenwich Botanical Center on Bible St in the Cos Cob section of Greenwich, the Montgomery Pinetum is both a public park and a registered historic site. Surrounded by a rich forest of 102 acres of arboreal trails, beautiful trees, and an expansive selection of unusual samples of plants and vibrant wildflowers.
For those that do not know, a “pinetum” is a collection of pine trees.
The Montgomery Pinetum is named after Colonel Robert Montgomery, the former estate owner of the property on which the pinetum currently sits. Colonel Montgomery was an avid horticulturist and a successful businessman. He collected rare conifers on his estate.
Colonel Robert Montgomery, with his wife, Nell, purchased “Wild Acres,” which would later become the Montgomery Pinetum in 1928.
After Colonel Montgomery died in 1952, his wife donated the 125 acres to the town of Greenwich CT in 1953.
The Montgomery Pinetum is a rugged and rocky landscape with several places it rising from 50 feet above sea level almost straight up 70 or 80 feet.
Today, the Montgomery Pinetum is a favored destination for lovers of mother nature.
The Montgomery Pinetum houses greenhouses, a learning garden, a pond, and glorious assemblage of evergreens. In addition, its woodland trails, collection of wildflowers, and timeworn stone structures make for the perfect way to while away the day.
Be sure to stop at the park’s gift shop.
There is a tree identification walkway that Montgomery Pinetum can stroll through.
The park features:
- Botanical Gardens
- Trails and Loops
A particular favorite, the Montgomery Pinetum Loops, is a 1.9 mile reasonably trafficked loop trail located near Cos Cob, Connecticut that features a lake and is rated as moderate
For all seasons excluding the winter, the Montgomery Pinetum is open daily from 8 AM to sunset. During the winter, it is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 AM to 4 PM.