Past Workshops and Events
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.
2017-18 Saturday Speaker Series
October 21, 2017
Teri Dunn Chace presents “Seeing Flowers”
Teri Dunn Chace is a writer and editor with over 35 titles in publication. She has also written, edited, and blogged extensively for four major consumer gardening/outdoor-living publications (Horticulture, North American Gardener, Backyard Living, Birds and Blooms). She is the award-winning "Bottom Line Personal" newsletter's gardening expert and contributes regularly. Raised in California and educated at Bard College in New York, she resides in a small upstate New York village with glorious summers and snowy winters.
"Seeing Flowers" is an engrossing, narrated hour-long talk based on her best-selling Timber Press title of the same name. Learn why flowers look and behave the way they do, why certain plants are placed in certain families, how pollination works, plus some amazing and entertaining stories from the era of plant hunters. View gorgeous photographs by Robert Llewellyn (she will explain his "image-stacking" technique).
November 11, 2017
Harvey Buchite presents “The Herbaceous Peonies and Woody Peonies of Dr. A.P. Saunders”
Harvey Buchite has been growing peonies for over 40 years. He and his wife operate Hidden Springs Flower Farm in spring Grover, Minnesota, where they grow over 600 varieties of peonies, including many rare Saunders peonies. As a published author of many articles on peonies, his research helps to bring you a wealth of new peony information in a practical, easy to understand and colorful format.
Enjoy an unprecedented presentation of 72 of Dr. Saunders' landmark and historic herbaceous peony creations developed while he was a professor at Hamilton College. Harvey also developed a presentation which features a wide range of the woody peonies Dr. Saunders created that form the basis of many modern lutea tree peony hybrids we enjoy today.
January 27, 2018
Fred Breglia presents “Building Soils for better Results in all Locations”
Fred Breglia is the Executive Director of the Landis Arboretum and a certified arborist with more than 26 years of experience in the green industry. He is a nationally known, award-winning arborist, frequent speaker, and educator. Capital District residents know him well as the "Tree Man," a regular guest on WAMC's Vox Pop Radio Show. Breglia has been employed for more than 15 years at Landis Arboretum. He will discuss "Building Soils for Better Results in all Locations."
February 17, 2018
Lecture by Leon Ginenthal
Leon Ginenthal has been growing roses for 30 years, and 12 years ago he built Der Rosenmeister Nursery across what was once a hilly hay field. Leon grows many varieties of roses, both new and old, and starts them all in a specialty blend of GreenTree soil. His rose-selling season lasts from May to July 4th. In addition to working for the Ithaca City School District, Leon also grows bonsai trees and raises white pigeons for release at local events. It is evident across the terraces of Der Rosenmeister Nursery that he also has a passion for re-purposing old treasures.
March 17, 2018
Kathryn Aalto presents “The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh”
Kathryn Aalto is landscape designer, historian, lecturer, and nonfiction writer. She has written two books including the New York Times Bestselling The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood (Timber Press). Her presentation will be focused on the Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh. For the past 25 years, her focus has been on places where nature and culture intersect: teaching literature of nature and place, designing gardens, and writing about the natural world.
April 28, 2018
Marta McDowell presents “The World of Laura Ingalls”
Marta McDowell lives, writes, and gardens in Chatham, New Jersey. She shares her garden with her husband, Kirke Bent, their crested cockatiel, Sydney, and assorted wildlife. Her garden writing has appeared in popular publications such as Woman's Day, Fine Gardening, and The New York Times. Scholars and specialists have read her essays on American authors and their horticultural interests in the journals Hortus and Arnoldia. Marta will discuss, among other things, her new book on Laura Ingalls Wilder.