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Hamilton Arboretum Association Announces 2014 Programs

The Hamilton College Arboretum Association will present free workshops in January through May on the Hamilton campus. These events are free, open to the public and sponsored by the College and its Arboretum Association. Everyone interested in gardens and landscapes is encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is not required.  All workshops will take place from 10 a.m.  to noon in the Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center (GO27), unless otherwise noted.  Parking is available near the building. Directions and campus maps are available here.

Jan. 18, 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 land¬scaping 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, consulting arborist and owner of the landscape company “The How-To Gardener” in Clinton, N.Y., will direct this talk and walk. Dress warmly. Participants will briefly review the characteristics used in tree identification, then head outside — with their hot beverage — to test their skills and tour the Hamilton Arboretum for about an hour.
ISA Certified Arborist CEU credits available

Feb. 15, 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 from “The How-To Gardener” 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 Kennedy Auditorium.
ISA Certified Arborist CEU credits available

March 15, 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. 

April 19, 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 glen through his skilled eyes. Even if you’ve strolled the glen before, Williams will share information that will increase participants' knowledge and enjoyment.

The Hamilton College campus has been designated as an arboretum; please consider time to explore if you attend one of these events.

Membership in the Arboretum is encouraged as it helps support the programs offered throughout the year.  Members are also invited to two special members-only events held in May and July.  Membership forms are available at the event sign-in or online.

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