Year after year, expert speakers in our popular Third Saturday Series draw an audience from miles away. Participants leave with knowledge they can use in their own gardens, yards and homes. Many events include demonstrations. The Hamilton College campus has been designated as an arboretum; please consider time to explore if you attend one of our events.
All events are free and open to the public and everyone interested in gardens and landscapes is encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is not required. We encourage membership in the Arboretum 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.
All events begin promptly at 10 a.m. and end at noon. Events are held in the Taylor Science Center, G027, Kennedy Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Parking is available near the building.
Hamilton Arboretum –
Third Saturday Series 2016-17
October 22, 2016
Aida Khalil presents “Sustainable Landscape Planning and Management”
Aida Khalil is professor of landscape design and management in the Horticulture Department at SUNY Morrisville State College. She received a Master of Landscape Architecture from SUNY ESF and is a certified member of the CNY Nursery and Landscape Association. Aida will offer a comparative analysis of how sustainable gardens differ from unsustainable ones. Special focus will be on ways to achieve a balance of sustainable ecology and aesthetics in the residential landscape context. Resources
November 12, 2016
Anita Sanchez presents “In Praise of Poison Ivy”
Anita Sanchez is a published author and professional educator with more than twenty years of experience in providing classes and hands-on, participatory programs to a wide range of audiences. The former director of Educational Programming at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, she has presented classes and conducted workshops throughout New England and New York State. Anita will discuss the many roles of poison ivy in both human and natural history, starting with the plant’s long history as – of all things- a popular garden plant.
January 21, 2017
Kathy Purdy presents “Colchicums: Autumn’s Best-Kept Secret”
Kathy Purdy has been gardening in the cold climate of upstate New York for over 25 years, and writing at ColdClimateGardening.com since 2002. She believes short season gardening is no obstacle to beauty or pleasure. Her talk is all about colchicums. These under-used hardy bulbs bring bright color to the fall garden. She will discuss the best varieties for various garden situations and ideal plants to partner with them.
February 18, 2017
Fred Breglia presents “Ancient Forests and Champion Trees of New York State and Beyond”
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 onWAMC's Vox Pop Radio Show. This presentation will highlight many of the old growth gems that exist throughout New York State. Breglia has spent the past 15 years searching for, exploring, and documenting ancient forests and this presentation will highlight and feature what he has found. He will explain how to recognize the characteristics that make up old growth forests as he presents a virtual tour of the largest and oldest trees in the northeast.
March 18, 2017
Marta McDowell presents “All the Presidents’ Gardens”
Marta McDowell lives, writes and gardens in Chatham, New Jersey. Her garden writing has appeared in popular publications such as Woman’s Day, Fine Gardening and The New York Times. During this talk she will tell the untold history of the White House gardens, from George Washington’s site selection to Michelle Obama’s focus on edibles.
April 22, 2017
Nina Bassuk presents “Getting it Right From the Start: Creating Great Landscapes”
Nina Bassuk is a professor at the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University and the recipient of the 2015 Frederick Law Olmstead Award. With all of the best intentions, anyone trying to plant trees or create a landscape in an urban context needs to have a firm understanding of environmental resources that allow trees to grow to their envisioned ultimate size. She will discuss an approach that will guide you in creating terrific landscapes.