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Saturday Speaker Series 2021-22

Year after year, expert speakers in our popular Saturday Series draw an audience from far and near. Participants leave with knowledge they can use in their own gardens, yards, and homes. Many events include demonstrations. The Hamilton College campus is an accredited arboretum; please consider time to explore if you attend one of our events.

All events in this series begin at 10 a.m. and are free and open to the public. 

We encourage membership in the Arboretum as it helps support the programs offered throughout the year. Membership forms are available at the event sign-in or online.

NOTE:  At this time, individuals must show proof of COVID vaccination and wear a mask to attend indoor events on campus. Due to changing COVID concerns, the decision about whether an event speaker will be on-campus or only via Zoom will be made close to the event date. On-campus speakers will also be available on Zoom. 

Please check the website prior to each event for its on-campus status. 

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John Rogers presents "Bluebirds and More" 

March 19, 2022

John Rogers holding a bluebird box.

Join us at 10:00 a.m. for this online event. Please register here to make sure you receive event updates or you can join us that morning on Zoom.

This presentation by John Rogers includes the life history of the Eastern Bluebird and other birds that nest in bluebird boxes, nest box management, and more. While the focus is on bluebirds, John also shares his love for the natural world in hopes the audience will take away some broader and deeper messages about nature. The program has variety and is sprinkled throughout with a few wildflowers, butterflies, other birds, and quotes by some of the great naturalists of the past. John Rogers has maintained a trail of bluebird nest boxes in central NY north of Syracuse for over four decades. He has presented bluebird programs and workshops for hundreds of organizations in 12 states and 2 Canadian provinces.

Teri Dunn Chace presents "The War of the Weeds" 

April 23, 2022

An intriguing, empowering presentation based on her best-selling Timber Press title How to Eradicate Invasive Plants, Teri will discuss weeds and invasive plants on the minds of gardeners, landscapers, park managers, and more. Geared towardsHeadshot of Teri Dunn Chace the layman, Teri will define “weed,” and discuss the scope of the problem and what gardeners can realistically expect to achieve in their battle. She will review a variety of low- and non-toxic ways to fight back, saving herbicides for last. The presentation wraps up with short profiles and a discussion of 10-12 common problem plants in the region. Teri has over 35 books in publication, and her latest title, Landscaping for Dummies, is due out in Spring 2022. Raised in Santa Barbara, California, and educated at Bard College in New York, she currently resides in a small village in the heart of central New York’s farm country.

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