The Hamilton College Arboretum’s 2017-18 Saturday Speaker Series continues on Saturday, Nov. 11, with Harvey Buchite, peony gardener and hybridist. He will present “The Herbaceous Peonies and Woody Peonies of Dr. A.P. Saunders” at 10 a.m. in the Taylor Science Center’s Kennedy Auditorium. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Buchite will present 72 of the most notable peony creations that A.P. Saunders, an esteemed botanist, developed while teaching at Hamilton. He will also share a presentation on the specific Saunders wood peonies that helped form the basis of numerous modern lutea tree peony hybrids.

Having served as president of the Minnesota Peony Society and the American Peony Society, Buchite has given presentations throughout the United States and in Canada and Europe. He has talked on a multitude of plant species, including not only peonies, but also perennials and daylilies.

Buchite currently co-manages Hidden Springs Flower Farm in Spring Grove, Minnesota. Both he and his wife grow over 600 peonies on the flower farm and nursery, several of which are rare Saunders peonies.

Parking is available near the building. All Arboretum events are free and open to the public, and everyone interested in gardens and landscapes is encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is not required.

Coming up in the 2017-18 Saturday Speaker Series:
January 27
- “Building Soils for Better Results in all Locations” by Fred Breglia, executive director of the Landis Arboretum, award-winning arborist, speaker, and educator.
February 17- Lecture by Leon Ginenthal, rose expert and builder of Der Rosenmeister Nursery.
March 17- “The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh” by Kathryn Aalto, landscape designer, historian, lecturer, and nonfiction author.
April 28- “The World of Laura Ingalls” by Martha McDowell, gardener, author, and essayist.

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