Workshops & Events
Year after year, expert speakers in our popular Saturday Series draw an audience from miles away. Participants leave with knowledge they can use in their own gardens, yards, and homes. Many events include demonstrations. The Hamilton College campus has been designated as an arboretum; please consider time to explore if you attend one of our events.
All events are free and open to the public and everyone interested in gardens and landscapes is encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is not required. 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.
All events begin promptly at 10 a.m. and end at noon. Events are held in the Taylor Science Center, G027, Kennedy Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Parking is available near the building.
2019-20 Saturday SPEAKER Series
October 19, 2019
Teri Chace presents “Seeing Seeds: A Journey into the World of Seedheads, Pods, and Fruit”
Teri Chace is a writer and editor with more than 35 titles in publications. She has written and blogged for four major consumer gardening/outdoor-living publications (Horticulture, North American Gardener, Backyard Living, and Birds and Blooms). Teri will discuss her book "Seeing Seeds: A Journey into the World of Seedheads, Pods, and Fruit".
November 16, 2019
John Forti presents “Edible Landscapes – For Health, Habitat, Families and the Future”
John Forti is a garden historian, ethnobotanist and garden writer. His topic, "Edible Landscapes – For Health, Habitat, Families and the Future" explores how to eat locally and enjoy the fruits of your own labors. This talk delves into planting edible gardens and landscapes that offer healthy alternatives to our lawns and hedges.
January 18, 2020
Christine Froehlich presents “Gardening With What You Have”
Christine Froehlich has had a long career in horticulture. Her talk is “Gardening With What You Have.” She’ll share her expertise, first as a gardener, then, after training at the New York Botanic Garden, as the owner of a garden design and maintenance company, which she operated for 25 years in Connecticut. She has published articles in Fine Gardening, American Gardener, Country Gardens, American Nurseryman, The Upstate Gardeners Journal, 585 Magazine, and Rochester Magazine. After moving to upstate New York, she taught classes at the Rochester Civic Garden Center, and later served as their executive director. She continues to work as a garden designer, consultant, and lecturer.
February 15, 2020
Chris Luley presents “Wood Decay Fungi or is Your Tree in Trouble?”
Chris Luley is president/pathologist of Urban Forest Diagnostics in Naples, N.Y. Luley has been providing urban forestry consulting service throughout his 35+ year career in urban forestry and arboriculture. He specializes in urban forest management, tree diagnostics, and decay assessment, and has the advanced diagnostic equipment to test trees for internal decay. This presentation will explore the many aspects of wood decay fungi from the ones that mean a tree is in serious trouble, to those that can be used in medicinal preps or eaten for dinner. Note: This lecture qualifies for ISA CEU credit.
April 11, 2020
Amy Ziffer Owner of A Shady Lady Garden Designs
Amy Ziffer, owner of “A Shady Lady Garden Design,” has been helping clients in Connecticut with their gardening needs, as well as sharing her extensive gardening experience through lectures and demonstrations, since 1998. Amy is a former editor at Fine Gardening magazine and a Master Gardener. Her garden writing and photography can be seen in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, and Yankee magazines, in Reader's Digest books, and in other publications.
Amy’s specialty is cold climate ornamental gardening in the Northeast U.S.