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.
Hamilton Arboretum – 2018-19 Saturday SPEAKER Series
October 20, 2018
Matthew Benson presents “Growing Beautiful Food: A Gardener’s Guide to Cultivating Extraordinary Vegetables and Fruit”
Matthew Benson’s new book "Growing Beautiful Food: A Gardener’s Guide to
Cultivating Extraordinary Vegetables and Fruit" highlights that with the paradigm shift toward local and homegrown food, gardeners and foodies have come to relish beautiful vegetable gardens and beautiful meals. He writes that beauty inspires behavior, and he believes that we can and will eat better, be healthier, and live more sustainably when we grow food that is visually enticing.
November 17, 2018
Kerry Ann Mendez presents "Gardening Simplified: Exceptional
Plants and Design Solutions for Busy and Maturing Gardeners"
Kerry is dedicated to teaching the art of low-maintenance flower gardening and landscaping, featuring time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plants and sustainable practices. Her gardens have been featured in many gardening magazines, including Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Garden Gate and Better Homes and Gardens.
January 26, 2019
Fred Breglia joins our series again!
Fred is a certified, award-winning arborist with over 26 years of experience in the green industry. He is a recognized speaker on both campuses and radio shows. His most frequented radio show, WAMC’s VOX Pop Radio Show, even nicknamed him “Tree Man,” affirming his legacy within the Capital District. His presentation is titled “Plant Health Care: The Most Recent in Pruning, Planting and Mulching," focusing on developing and maintaining healthy plants so they become less susceptible to problems.
February 16, 2019
Steve Bick presents "The Forests of Hamilton College"
Steve Bick is a father and a forester and sometimes a researcher and a writer. His work as a forestry consultant involves stewardship, education and applied research. In 2017 he completed a forest carbon inventory and stewardship plan for Hamilton College’s woodlands.
April 6, 2019
Karen Bussolini presents "Jazzing Up the Garden with Color, Contrast, and Movement"
Karen Bussolini’s presentation gives gardeners simple intuitive ways of thinking about combining plants that anyone can use easily – without angst or color wheel. Starting with simple combinations, and an explanation of how the gardener uses color or texture, gesture, light-reflecting qualities, repetition, color echoes and other qualities, the talk progresses to more complex schemes.
May 4, 2019
Darryl King presents "Ikenobo"
Darryl has been a member of the Ikenobo school of ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) for over 35 years. In his 32 years in Japan he studied Ikenobo with one teacher at her home in Kyoto where he acquired his teaching license. While in Japan he also participated in international workshops in Japan, Canada and the USA, attended lectures and demonstrations by the Headmaster and highly ranked professors, and was chosen to exhibit his arrangements at the Ikenobo headquarters in Kyoto, Japan. He will give a presentation introducing himself and the Ikenobo school in addition to explaining some of his interesting experiences. Ikenobo is the oldest school of Japanese flower arranging so old and new styles of arrangements will be discussed.