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Arboretum

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Workshops and Events

 

All events are free and open to the public
Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon
 

Unless otherwise noted, events are located in the Kennedy Auditorium, G027, in the Taylor Science Center.
Reservations kindly requested: please email arboretum@hamilton.edu or leave a voicemail message at 315-859-4892.

 

2014 Events

 

Jan. 18 – Third Saturday Speaker Series

Landscaping Assets and Liabilities of 13 Tree Species

Consulting arborist L. D. Terry Hawkridge, director emeritus of the Hamilton Arboretum, will discuss the landscaping properties of a range of species, including their different varieties, diseases and insect pests. Hawkridge owns “Rustic Pines,” a tree care and land­scaping company.
ISA Certified Arborist CEU credits available
N.Y.S.D.E.C. Pesticide Applicator CEU credits available

 

Feb. 1

Dormant Tree Identification Walk

(Mike Mahanna will be directing this talk and walk.) Dress warmly. Participants will briefly review the characteristics used in tree identification, then head outside — with their hot chocolate — to test their skills and tour the Hamilton Arboretum for about hour.
ISA Certified Arborist CEU credits available

 

Feb.15 – Third Saturday Speaker Series

The Blooms of Trees and Shrubs In Central New York

Central New York is blessed with many different flowering trees, shrubs and perennials.  Mike Mahanna, consulting arborist and owner of the landscape company, "The How-To Gardener," will give a visual presentation of more than 50 varieties of flowering trees and shrubs and their uses within our Central New York landscapes. He will discuss best practices for the timing of pruning and proper site location for plantings. A variety of annual and perennial flowers will also be included in his presentation.
ISA Certified Arborist CEU credits available
 

March 1

Advanced Pruning Lecture and Demonstration

(Mike Mahanna will be the lead arborist for this clinic.) This is a chance to see how the experts do it. Certified arborists will review different pruning types and techniques and perform interactive pruning demonstrations on plant material. A camera focused on the experts as they prune will enable the audience to see every detail. It all takes place in the Science Auditorium.
ISA Certified Arborist CEU credits available
 

March 15 – Third Saturday Speaker Series

The Art of Bonsai: Basics and Beyond

Pauline Muth, who has been practicing and teaching bonsai for nearly 40 years, will offer an overview of bonsai horticulture and art. She will bring examples of a variety of bonsai and show photographs of her work. In this presentation, Muth hopes to inspire new and established bonsai artists and provide them with resources to help them in their work. She is the owner of pfm bonsai studio in West Charlton, N.Y.: www.pfmbonsai.com


April 19 – Third Saturday Speaker Series

Fruits and blooms at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Katchen Cardamone, landscape architect and lecturer, will take you on a journey through the calendar year to show you that beauty can be found during any month in some of her favorite trees and shrubs on the grounds of the Arnold Arboretum. This arboretum is responsible for introducing and hybridizing many of the species popular today.
ISA Certified Arborist CEU credits available


May 3

The Wonders of Spring in the Root Glen

Meet at the Root Glen Gazebo for a walk with professor of biology Ernest Williams, who will help you see the forest through his skilled eyes. Even if you’ve strolled the glen before, Williams will share information that will increase your knowledge and enjoyment.


May 31

A.P. Saunders Peony Fest

The festival celebrates the world-class, hybridized tree and herbaceous peonies of the Grant Garden in Hamilton College’s Root Glen. Enjoy them when they are in full bloom. An expert will give a brief talk on peony culture and there will be a planting display and tree and garden tours. A.P. Saunders hybridized the peonies from 1920 to 1940 on College Hill.

 

 

2013 Events

  Saturday, October 12 - 10 to 12 p.m.

  Fall Lecture with Christie Higginbottom

 Christie Higginbottom, a garden research historian who has worked for many years at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Mass., will present a lecture on kitchen and dooryard gardens of rural New England, including historically documented plant varieties and garden practices. She will then jump forward a century and talk about kitchen gardens with tips from the past for the modern gardener.

 

Saturday, July 13

English Tea
Elihu Root House porch
Spend your Saturday morning enjoying light fare and proper English tea at the entrance of the Root Glen (catered by Bon Apetitit). Stroll through the Grant Garden and take in the flowers in their midsummer bloom. Music will be provided by Monk Rowe.

 

Peony from Grant GardenSaturday, June 1

A.P. Saunders Tree Peony Fest

Peony lecture at 11 a.m., followed by tree and garden tours.

 

 

 

April 20 – Third Saturday Series

Stalking Hamilton’s Trees for a Half Century

John Suplee, class of 1969 and member of the Hamilton College Arboretum Advisory Committee, is an established artist who has been painting the College’s trees for almost 50 years. In this visual presentation John will go beyond his paintings to share — for the first time — a generous selection of his documentary photographs and recount his recollections of Hamilton’s arboreal past. Because Suplee’s archive dates from his arrival in 1965, the campus elms and their loss will figure prominently in these images.
 

Arboretum lecture by Terry Hawkridge; Sustainable Landscape Practices; March 16, 2013

March 16 – Third Saturday Series

Sustainable Landscape Practices

Arboretum Director Terry Hawkridge will give a presentation on important sustainable landscape principles and practices: reduced pesticide and fertilizer usage; management of storm water; the usage of alternate products with the least impact on natural resources; landscapes that reduce heating and cooling costs; and ways to reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect.

International Society of Arboriculture 2 CEUs (continuing education credits)

 

March 2 – Saturday Arboretum Clinic

Tree and Shrub Pruning Seminar

Arboretum Director Terry Hawkridge and guest horticulturist Mike Mahana, both certified arborists, will lead an interactive indoor pruning lecture and clinic which will be projected to a large screen. They will prune: shade, ornamental and evergreen trees; and both deciduous and evergreen shrubs. The interaction with our attendees makes this our most popular clinic.

International Society of Arboriculture 2 CEUs (continuing education credits)
 

February 16 – Third Saturday Series

Observing Nature

Ernest H. Williams is a professor of biology at Hamilton and author of The Nature Handbook: A Guide to Observing the Great Outdoors. When we look in the natural world around us, many intriguing patterns can be noted. For this talk Professor Williams will show photos of a number of these observations, mostly from plants and their associated animals, and describe the surprising stories that underlie them. The middle of winter is a good time to focus on the wide array of observations in nature and understand why these patterns exist.
 

February 2 – Saturday Arboretum Clinic

A Winter Walk Through the Hamilton College Arboretum

A dormant tree identification clinic will start off in the auditorium to brush up on tree characteristics used to identify winter trees and then migrate outside, with a cup of hot chocolate, for a one-hour tree tour across the College campus with Arboretum Director Terry Hawkridge. This will be a flat ground tour on College paths.

International Society of Arboriculture 2 CEUs (continuing education credits)

 

James Kisker of Schichtel's Nursery gives an arboretum presentation Jan. 2013.January 19 – Third Saturday Series

The Nursery Industry from Seedlings to Shade Trees

Jim Kisker of Schichtel’s Nursery in Springville, NY will give a presentation on the nursery industry from seedlings to shade trees. Schichtel’s Nursery has 1,370 acres under cultivation and grows over 400 varieties of shade, ornamental and evergreen trees and shrubs. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how trees and shrubs are produced and prepared for market, and about new varieties of trees and shrubs coming down the production line.

International Society of Arboriculture 2 CEUs (continuing education credits)

2012 Events

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Fall Renovations and End of the Season Maintenance

Arboretum Director Terry Hawkridge will discuss best practices for fall planting and preparing gardens for winter and the next growing season using techniques to achieve success from season to season. A fall foliage tree tour will follow the lecture for about an hour.

 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

English Tea 
Spend your Saturday morning enjoying light fare and proper English tea at the entrance of the Root Glen. Stroll through the Grant Garden and take in the flowers in their midsummer bloom. Also enjoy live music performed by Joe Williams Director of the Jazz Archive and Lecturer in Music Performance, Monk Rowe.

 

Peony from Grant GardenSaturday, May 26, 2012

A.P. Saunders Tree Peony Fest and Hamilton College Bicentennial Celebration
View slide show >>

Arboretum Director Terry Hawkridge and Lead Horticulturist Dan Rouillier will present a seminar on A.P. Saunders’ hybridization of his world-class peonies on College Hill from 1920-1940. Professor John O’Neill, co-chair of the Hamilton Bicentennial Committee, will say a few words about the signing of the College Charter on May 26, 1812. Cake and light refreshments will be served. Root Glen and Grant Garden tours will conclude the festivities.
 

 

Monday, April 30, 2012

Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Planting at Clinton Elementary School

Clinton Elementary School, 75 Chenango Avenue, Clinton, NY.


 

Sheila Wertimer Arboretum Lecture

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Southern Gardens

Sheila Wertimer P’06 is a registered landscape architect who has developed strong expertise over her 25 years of practice. Since she began in 1985, Sheila has designed and executed over 300 projects including private gardens, plantations, and a variety of public and commercial landscapes. In this presentation, Sheila will take us through her southern gardens.

 

 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Native Plants and Sustainable Landscapes

Daniel Segal ’90 will give a presentation on growing native plants and the natural way to create beautiful and sustainable landscapes. In 2006, Dan took over as the new owner of The Plantsmen Nursery in Ithaca, NY. He has been engaged in horticulture, landscaping, botany, and the nursery business for the last 18 years in California, Virginia, New Jersey, and New York.
 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Pruning Clinic
"Target Pruning" is the practice of pruning a tree or shrub to make it grow in whichever direction or  fashion you desire. Arboretum Director Terry Hawkridge and Lead Horticulturist Dan Rouilliar, both ISA Certified Arborists, will lead an indoor pruning clinic, demonstrating target pruning techniques on shade trees, fruit trees, and deciduous and evergreen shrubs. As one of the Arboretum's most popular events, this clinic is not to be missed!

 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Art of Bonsai

Bill Valavanis, founder of the International Bonsai Arboretum in Rochester, is a leading worldwide lecturer on the art of bonsai. He will give a presentation on bonsai for both the novice and skilled bonsai enthusiast.

 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Winter Walk: Dormant Tree Identification

Have you ever strolled through the woods in winter and wondered how to identify trees and shrubs without their foliage or flowers? Arboretum Director Terry Hawkridge will lead a campus tree walk to explain how to identify dormant trees and shrubs. Terry will begin with a brief discussion of tree identification in the Taylor Science Center and will then lead a tree walk for about an hour on campus. Please prepare for the elements and dress warmly!


Saturday, January 21, 2012

An Inside Walk through the Winter Woods

Terry Hawkridge and a team of certified arborists on staff at Hamilton College present a slide show detailing the identifying characteristics of trees and shrubs prevalent in the Central New York region. Bring twig or leaf samples from the plants you haven't yet identified. Our team will do its best to tell you what you have!

2011 Events

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Putting the Garden to Bed

Wondering how you should prepare your garden for the winter? Arboretum Director Terry Hawkridge will give a lecture on proper preparation and answer your questions! Please meet in Taylor Science Center G027.


Friday, October 7, 2011

Campus Clean-up with Hamilton Environmental Action Group

The Arboretum will be co-sponsoring a campus clean up with the Hamilton Environmental Action Group (HEAG). All members of the Hamilton community are invited to help pick up garbage and debris around campus! Cider and donuts will be provided. Please meet at the Beinecke Student Activities Village.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Bicentennial College: The Legacy of Trees on the Hamilton Campus

The college Arboretum consists of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants for scientific and educational study. Plants are cultivated, labeled, catalogued and mapped, providing ample opportunities for exploration. Arboretum Director Terry Hawkridge P'01 will lead a tour along flat ground. Meet at the Gazebo behind Anderson-Connell Alumni Center.


Sunday, July 24, 2011

English Tea in the Grant Garden

Wear your best summer hats and come for lemonade and cookies, tea and music! Enjoy midsummer blooms in the Garden or a stroll through the leafy Root Glen! Please meet on the Elihu Root House Porch.


Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Legacy of Trees on the Hamilton Campus

The College Arboretum consists of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants for scientific and educational study. Plants are cultivated, labeled, catalogued and mapped, providing ample opportunities for exploration. Arboretum Director Terry Hawkridge will lead a 75-minute tour along flat ground. Please meet at the gazebo behind the Anderson-Connell Alumni Center.


Friday, June 3, 2011

The Legacy of Trees on the Hamilton Campus

The College Arboretum consists of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants for scientific and educational study. Plants are cultivated, labeled, catalogued and mapped, providing ample opportunities for exploration. Arboretum Director Terry Hawkridge will lead a 75-minute tour along flat ground. Please meet at the gazebo behind the Anderson-Connell Alumni Center.


Saturday, May 28, 2011

A.P. Saunders Tree Peony Fest

Arboretum Director Terry Hawkridge and Lead Horticulturist Dan Rouillier will present a seminar on A.P. Saunders and the hybridization of his world class peonies here on College Hill from 1920-1940. The horticulture of peonies will be covered from hybridization to harvesting blooms. Dan will demonstrate the proper planting of a peony through a demonstration in the Grant Garden. Root Glen tree and Garden tours will conclude the festivities. Please meet in the Grant Garden.
 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Birds of the Kirkland Woods and Bluebirds

Matt Perry and John Rogers will team up for a dual presentation on birds. Matt Perry is the naturalist at Spring Farm Cares. His presentation will cover fifteen years of bird observations in the Root Glen and the Kirkland Woods. John Rogers, national bluebird lecturer, returns with his comprehensive bluebird presentation.


Saturday, March 19, 2011

All You Want to Know About Plant Propagation and More

It’s time to think about seed propagation for our spring gardens, and Kelly Hennegan, department chair of horticulture at S.U.N.Y. Morrisville, will present a seminar on plant propagation both from seed or vegetative cuttings. Kelly will also discuss tissue culturing and the orchid breeding program at Morrisville State.

List of books recommended by Kelly Hennigan


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Advanced Pruning
Certified arborist Dan Rouillier and Arboretum Director Terry Hawkridge will lead a pruning seminar on proper pruning principles and practices. Results of renovation prunes over time will be demonstrated pictorially: “If I prune it, how will it look?” The third part of this presentation will be a live, indoor pruning demonstration of both deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs.  View Slideshow



Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Comeback of the Elms

Tom ZetterstromPhotogrTom Zetterstrom presents The Comeback of the Elmsapher and lecturer Tom Zetterstrom, founding director of Elm Watch, will give an overview of the American Elm and discuss disease resistant American Elm cultivars. The second part of Tom’s program will describe Elm restoration, siting considerations for different Elm varieties and proper pruning of young Elms. 

Liberty Tree Plaque from dedicationWe will also dedicate the College's Liberty Elm Tree, which was donated by James Hansel ’10 whose grandfather founded the Elm Research Institute.
 

2010 Events

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Celebration of Willows
Certified Arborist and Horticulturist Daniel Rouillier will discuss just a few of the more than 400 species of deciduous trees and shrubs that make up the willow family. Join us for doughnuts and cider and a stroll to see the wintery landscape and new willow plantings in the Grant Garden.

 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tour of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Founded in 1910, the 52-acre property of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden holds more than 10,000 taxa of plants and annually welcomes 900,000 visitors from around the world. A chartered coach bus will leave Hamilton’s Kirner-Johnson circle at 6 a.m. and return at 9 p.m. The itinerary includes private tours of the garden and lunch/shopping time.
$55–non-members, $45–members (cost of lunch is not included)
For reservations, please contact Kasey Kaspar Hildonen: 315-859-4657

 

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Hamilton Arboretum & Root Glen Committees are proud to sponsor an English Tea in the Grant Garden of the Root Glen

Wear your best summer hats and come for lemonade and cookies, tea and music! Enjoy midsummer blooms in the Garden or stroll through the leafy Root Glen!
 

Peony from Grant Garden

Saturday, May 29, 2010

A.P. Saunders Tree Peony Celebration In the Grant Garden of the Root Glen

Sponsored by the Hamilton Arboretum and the Root Glen.
Come learn a brief history of the Saunders' tree peonies, see a peony planting, view 52 varieties of Saunders tree peonies and enjoy some light refreshments.
 

Friday, April 30, 2010

Tree Planting and Children-led Arbor Day Celebration 

Clinton Elementary School, 75 Chenango Avenue, Clinton, N.Y.
 

Joan McDonald
Joan McDonald
Photo by Kurt Wiehenstroer

Saturday, April 17, 2010

How to Design Your Own Perennial Garden

Joan McDonald, a garden design instructor at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Brooklyn, N.Y., and owner of Gardens by Joan, leads a slide presentation about garden design, trusted combinations and planning blooms for the whole season.
Kennedy Auditorium, Science Center (G027)
 

Terry             Hawkridge
Terry Hawkridge
Photo by Kurt Wiehenstroer

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring Landscape Maintenance: What Can I Do and How Will It Look?

Arboretum Director Terry Hawkridge and a team of College arborists present a slide presentation on the outcomes of spring maintenance projects. Spring is the time for rejuvenation and bed maintenance. Sometimes it's difficult to perform the needed practices for fear of not knowing the outcomes. This presentation follows early spring projects and shows the in-season outcomes of various procedures. Proper pruning techniques are reviewed throughout the presentation. Arborists are available to answer your questions on seasonal practices. ISA credits available.
Kennedy Auditorium, Science Center (G027)


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Celebrate the Winter Landscape

This presentation provides a visual look at how landscape plantings can provide a visually interesting scene during the darkest and coldest days of a northeastern winter. Learn about scientific plants and how they can be incorporated to achieve interest during the winter. Robert J. Southerland, principal, Saratoga Associates, and member, American Society of Landscape Architects, discusses individual plants, plant combinations and examples of winter gardens. ISA credits available.
Kennedy Auditorium, Science Center (G027) 
 

Saturday, January 16, 2010

An Inside Walk through the Winter Woods

Terry Hawkridge and a team of certified arborists on staff at Hamilton College present a slide show detailing the identifying characteristics of trees and shrubs prevalent in the Central New York region. Bring twig or leaf samples from the plants you haven't yet identified. Our team will do its best to tell you what you have!
Kennedy Auditorium, Science Center (G027)