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Week Five: Tree Talks

Speaker/Guide: Betsy Burgeson
Location: Bird & Tree Arboretum

Betsy Burgeson will meet you at the Arboretum to talk about the transition to native plantings and the evolving tree canopy at this spectacular newly renovated garden.


Chautauqua’s supervisor of gardens and landscapes earned a Bachelor of Science in earth science and biology education and a master’s in science secondary education at Fredonia. Burgeson then taught biology for seven years at Panama Central in southern Chautauqua County. There, from 2008 to 2009, she held a grant position that promoted outreach and greater public awareness of the effects of human activity on the health of Chautauqua Lake.

Growing up in Lakewood near the Cummins plant, Burgeson is the daughter of a prominent Jamestown attorney and an elementary school teacher in the Jamestown area. But Burgeson is a “third-generation gardener,” and it was that love for gardens, ecology and Chautauqua Lake that led her to the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, often known simply as the ’Shed.

Earlier Event: July 26
Week Five: Bat Chat
Later Event: July 28
Week Five: Nature Walk