The Hamilton College Arboretum’s 2018-19 Saturday Speaker series opens on Saturday, Oct. 20, with gardening expert, author, and photographer Matthew Benson. He will discuss his new book, Growing Beautiful Food: A Gardener’s Guide to Cultivating Extraordinary Vegetables and Fruits at 10 a.m., at the Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center, at Hamilton College. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Benson’s new book shows that the shift toward homegrown food has made gardeners and foodies relish beautiful meals. He believes that by growing food that is visually enticing, we can eat better, be healthier, and live more sustainably.

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 2018-19 Saturday Speaker Series

November 17 – “Gardening Simplified: Exceptional Plants and Design Solutions for Busy and Maturing Gardeners” by Kerry Ann Mendez whose garden has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Fine Gardening, and Horticulture.

January 26 – “Plant Health Care: The Most Recent in Pruning, Planting and Mulching” by Fred Breglia. Breglia, also known as the “Tree Man.” Breglia is the executive director of the Landis Arboretum and an award winning arborist.

February 16 – “The Forests of Hamilton College” by Steve Bick, a forester and researcher who completed a forest carbon inventory and stewardship plan for Hamilton College’s woodlands.

April 6 – “Jazzing Up the Garden with Color, Contrast and Movement,” by Karen Bussolini, gives gardeners simple intuitive ways of thinking about combining plants with anyone can use.

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