Arboretum Association to Host First Winter Workshop

The Hamilton College Arboretum Association will host the first in a series of Winter Workshops on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m. in the Kennedy Auditorium, Science Center. The topic is Planning for Spring Renovations and Proper Pruning Techniques. All sessions are free and open to the public but pre-registration is requested; call Joan Kane at Hamilton College, 315-859-4657, to register. 

This two-part slide lecture will focus on spring renovations and recommendations of existing trees and shrubs, and the proper planning involved. Arboretum Director Terry Hawkridge will review plant characteristics, site considerations and site improvements that are all part of the pre-season planning process. In the second half of this program, certified arborist Mike Mahanna will illustrate pruning practices with extensive time lapsed slides documenting examples of renovation pruning projects. 

Future Winter Workshops scheduled are:
Saturday, Feb. 21. Guest lecture by Vincent Simeone on "Woody Plants for the Four Season Garden." He is manager of Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in New York and is the author of four books: Wonders of the Winter Landscape, Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs, Great Flowering Landscape Trees and Great Landscape Evergreens. 

Saturday, March 21. Guest lecture by Irene Lekstutis on "Sustainable Landscape Plants." She is a landscape designer at Cornell Plantations. Her presentation will focus on new cultivars, reliably good performers with multiple seasons of interests, plants to select for their ability to withstand increased environmental stress, and herbaceous perennials that require low maintenance and thrive without frequent division and/or rejuvenation. 

Saturday, April 18. Topic is "Spring in the Perennial Garden: It's Not Too Late to Make Changes Or Build New Beds!" Hamilton's senior garden staff members will lead an interactive slide presentation discussing different planting sites and how to amend garden soils. This session will include a special plant sale for woodland gardeners, with plants provided by the College's master gardeners.

Visit the Hamilton College Arboretum Web site at www.hamilton.edu/arboretum for any event changes.

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