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Week Five: Monarch Moments & More
Jul
23
12:15 PM12:15

Week Five: Monarch Moments & More

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"Landscaping For Butterflies" 
Speaker/Guide: Jeff Tome
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Jeff Tome, Senior Naturalist at the Audubon Community Nature Center, has been raising monarch butterflies every year since 2005, when he raised 200 to release at his wedding. Since then, he has organized his yard around native plantings for various caterpillars and learned to raise many other species of butterflies and moths. Jeff will discuss the factors and steps involved in landscaping for lepidopterans so that they can complete their entire lifecycle in your yard.


Jeff Tome is a 'perennial' BTG speaker at the Life Member Annual Luncheon, Brown Bag Lectures, Monarch Moments, Monarchpalooza and a BTG life member himself!  At the Audubon Community Nature Center for over 20 years, Jeff teaches programs, creates exhibits and works with all ages. He was instrumental in Audubon’s adopting of green energy solutions and was awarded the 2011 County Executive’s Award for Innovative Energy Initiatives. 

MONARCH MOMENTS AND MORE Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for learning on Mondays 12:15pm in Smith Wilkes Hall. Expanding beyond solely discussing Monarchs, settle in for a lecture about a topic related to the natural world with a wide range of interesting speakers. 

BUTTERFLIES AND BLOOMS program celebrates you - the gardeners in our audience who have adopted eco-friendly practices and have certified their gardens as monarch waystations with Monarch Watch. Prior to each Monarch Moments & More presentation, home owners will place a pin on their CHQ garden! 

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Jul
24
4:15 PM16:15

Week Five: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Join our seasoned guide with experience ranging from certified arborists, farmer and horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Starting at the back of Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. Questions welcomed! The routes vary so be sure to attend as many afternoons as possible. 

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Jul
25
9:15 AM09:15

Week Five: Eco Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall

This newly updated morning garden walk will introduce you to the Institution's forward thinking  ecological gardening practices and techniques related to water conservation and management. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to the garden. You're going to want to take notes on this walk! By all means take photos! The walk concludes at the Amphitheater putting you in just the right place to attend the 10:45  lecture. 

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Jul
31
4:15 PM16:15

Week Six: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Join our seasoned guide with experience ranging from certified arborists, farmer and horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Starting at the back of Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. Questions welcomed! The routes vary so be sure to attend as many afternoons as possible. 

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Aug
1
9:15 AM09:15

Week Six: Eco Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall

This newly updated morning garden walk will introduce you to the Institution's forward thinking  ecological gardening practices and techniques related to water conservation and management. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to the garden. You're going to want to take notes on this walk! By all means take photos! The walk concludes at the Amphitheater putting you in just the right place to attend the 10:45  lecture. 

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Aug
7
4:15 PM16:15

Week Seven: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Join our seasoned guide with experience ranging from certified arborists, farmer and horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Starting at the back of Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. Questions welcomed! The routes vary so be sure to attend as many afternoons as possible. 

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Aug
8
9:15 AM09:15

Week Seven: Eco Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall

This newly updated morning garden walk will introduce you to the Institution's forward thinking  ecological gardening practices and techniques related to water conservation and management. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to the garden. You're going to want to take notes on this walk! By all means take photos! The walk concludes at the Amphitheater putting you in just the right place to attend the 10:45  lecture. 

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Aug
14
4:15 PM16:15

Week Eight: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Join our seasoned guide with experience ranging from certified arborists, farmer and horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Starting at the back of Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. Questions welcomed! The routes vary so be sure to attend as many afternoons as possible. 

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Aug
15
9:15 AM09:15

Week Eight: Eco Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall

This newly updated morning garden walk will introduce you to the Institution's forward thinking  ecological gardening practices and techniques related to water conservation and management. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to the garden. You're going to want to take notes on this walk! By all means take photos! The walk concludes at the Amphitheater putting you in just the right place to attend the 10:45  lecture. 

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Aug
21
4:15 PM16:15

Week Nine: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Join our seasoned guide with experience ranging from certified arborists, farmer and horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Starting at the back of Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. Questions welcomed! The routes vary so be sure to attend as many afternoons as possible. 

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Aug
22
9:15 AM09:15

Week Nine: Eco Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall

This newly updated morning garden walk will introduce you to the Institution's forward thinking  ecological gardening practices and techniques related to water conservation and management. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to the garden. You're going to want to take notes on this walk! By all means take photos! The walk concludes at the Amphitheater putting you in just the right place to attend the 10:45  lecture. 

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Jul
18
9:15 AM09:15

Week Four: Eco Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall

This newly updated morning garden walk will introduce you to the Institution's forward thinking  ecological gardening practices and techniques related to water conservation and management. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to the garden. You're going to want to take notes on this walk! By all means take photos! The walk concludes at the Amphitheater putting you in just the right place to attend the 10:45  lecture. 

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Week Four: Garden Walk
Jul
17
4:15 PM16:15

Week Four: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Join our seasoned guide with experience ranging from certified arborists, farmer and horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Starting at the back of Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. Questions welcomed! The routes vary so be sure to attend as many afternoons as possible. 

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Jul
11
9:15 AM09:15

Week Three: Eco Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall

This newly updated morning garden walk will introduce you to the Institution's forward thinking  ecological gardening practices and techniques related to water conservation and management. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to the garden. You're going to want to take notes on this walk! By all means take photos! The walk concludes at the Amphitheater putting you in just the right place to attend the 10:45  lecture. 

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Week Three: Garden Walk
Jul
10
4:15 PM16:15

Week Three: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Join our seasoned guide with experience ranging from certified arborists, farmer and horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Starting at the back of Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. Questions welcomed! The routes vary so be sure to attend as many afternoons as possible. 

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Week Three: Monarch Moments & More
Jul
9
12:15 PM12:15

Week Three: Monarch Moments & More

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"From Boxwood to Bluestar, Peeking into Chautauqua's Formal and Not-So-Formal Gardens
Speaker/Guide: Betsy Burgeson, Supervisor of Landscapes and Gardens, Chautauqua Institution
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Beginning her 4th season as Chautauqua’s Supervisor of Gardens and Landscapes, Betsy Burgeson, will preview the Institution spaces featured on the 2018 BTG House & Garden Tour. Betsy’s incredible knowledge of Chautauqua’s flora will whet your appetite for this much anticipated biannual event which will occur on July 12th.

 


Betsy Burgeson earned a Bachelor of Science in earth science and biology education and a master’s in science secondary education at Fredonia State University. She then taught biology for seven years at Panama Central in southern Chautauqua County. Betsy, a “third-generation gardener,” became the Supervisor of Gardens and Landscapes at Chautauqua Institution in January 2015.

MONARCH MOMENTS AND MORE Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for learning on Mondays 12:15pm in Smith Wilkes Hall. Expanding beyond solely discussing Monarchs, settle in for a lecture about a topic related to the natural world with a wide range of interesting speakers. 

BUTTERFLIES AND BLOOMS program celebrates you - the gardeners in our audience who have adopted eco-friendly practices and have certified their gardens as monarch waystations with Monarch Watch. Prior to each Monarch Moments & More presentation, home owners will place a pin on their CHQ garden! 

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Jul
4
9:15 AM09:15

Week Two: Eco Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall

This newly updated morning garden walk will introduce you to the Institution's forward thinking  ecological gardening practices and techniques related to water conservation and management. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to the garden. You're going to want to take notes on this walk! By all means take photos! The walk concludes at the Amphitheater putting you in just the right place to attend the 10:45  lecture. 

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Week Two: Garden Walk
Jul
3
4:15 PM16:15

Week Two: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Join our seasoned guide with experience ranging from certified arborists, farmer and horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Starting at the back of Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. Questions welcomed! The routes vary so be sure to attend as many afternoons as possible. 

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Jun
27
9:15 AM09:15

Week One: Eco Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall

This newly updated morning garden walk will introduce you to the Institution's forward thinking  ecological gardening practices and techniques related to water conservation and management. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to the garden. You're going to want to take notes on this walk! By all means take photos! The walk concludes at the Amphitheater putting you in just the right place to attend the 10:45  lecture. 

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Week One: Garden Walk
Jun
26
4:15 PM16:15

Week One: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Join our seasoned guide with experience ranging from certified arborists, farmer and horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Starting at the back of Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. Questions welcomed! The routes vary so be sure to attend as many afternoons as possible. 

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Aug
23
9:15 AM09:15

Week Nine: Eco Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall

(F15 H,8 on the Institution map)

This newly updated morning garden walk will introduce you to the Institution's forward thinking  ecological gardening practices and techniques related to water conservation and management. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to the garden. You're going to want to take notes on this walk! By all means take photos! The walk concludes at the Amphitheater putting you in just the right place to attend the 10:45  lecture. 


Sara was raised in Western New York, spending many years in and around Chautauqua Creek where she grew to love all things wild.  Drawn to a creative life, Sara followed a career in the visual arts - drawing from nature for subject matter.  An increased focus on native flora developed while an interdisciplinary graduate student in Nature and Culture at SUNY Fredonia. Sara owned and operated Canadaway Wildflowers, a native plant nursery in Fredonia. She has offered many presentations on the region's native flora, gardening for wildlife, and wildflower propagation; her writings have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Upstate Gardeners Journal, Nature Photographer Magazine and Buffalo Spree. Sara lives with her family on Canadaway Creek, where she gardens and operates an art studio.

 Fletcher Music Hall

Fletcher Music Hall

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Aug
22
4:15 PM16:15

Week Nine: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall


Join our seasoned guide with experience ranging from certified arborists, farmer and horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Starting at the back of Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. Questions welcomed! The routes vary so be sure to attend as many afternoons as possible. 


Joe grew up in the local area and after a 3 year agricultural stay with the Peace Corp, a BA in Comparative Literature, and tree work and landscaping in Denver, he returned to Chautauqua County. His span of his experience ranges from raising grapes on Lake Erie plain, starting and still consulting for a landscaping company, and farming juice grapes. Chautauqua is fortunate to have Joe, a certified arborist share his knowledge for the local flora and fauna on Garden Walks and Talks.

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Aug
16
9:15 AM09:15

Week Eight: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall

(F15 H,8 on the Institution map)

This morning garden walk will focus on ecological gardening tips and techniques. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to your garden. The walk will wrap up in time for you to attend the 10:45 Amphitheater program. 


Sara was raised in Western New York, spending many years in and around Chautauqua Creek where she grew to love all things wild.  Drawn to a creative life, Sara followed a career in the visual arts - drawing from nature for subject matter.  An increased focus on native flora developed while an interdisciplinary graduate student in Nature and Culture at SUNY Fredonia. Sara owned and operated Canadaway Wildflowers, a native plant nursery in Fredonia. She has offered many presentations on the region's native flora, gardening for wildlife, and wildflower propagation; her writings have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Upstate Gardeners Journal, Nature Photographer Magazine and Buffalo Spree. Sara lives with her family on Canadaway Creek, where she gardens and operates an art studio.

 Fletcher Music Hall

Fletcher Music Hall

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Aug
15
4:15 PM16:15

Week Eight: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall


Join our seasoned guides with experience ranging from certified arborists, master gardeners and/or horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Depending on if your group starts at Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) or up at Fletcher Music Hall, you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers on the grounds. Questions welcomed! Each tour takes a circuitous route for about an hour. 


Joe grew up in the local area and after a 3 year agricultural stay with the Peace Corp, a BA in Comparative Literature, and tree work and landscaping in Denver, he returned to Chautauqua County. His span of his experience ranges from raising grapes on Lake Erie plain, starting and still consulting for a landscaping company, and farming juice grapes. Chautauqua is fortunate to have Joe, a certified arborist share his knowledge for the local flora and fauna on Garden Walks and Talks.

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Aug
9
9:15 AM09:15

Week Seven: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall  

(F15 H,8 on the Institution map)

This morning garden walk will focus on ecological gardening tips and techniques. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to your garden. The walk will wrap up in time for you to attend the 10:45 Amphitheater program. 


Sara was raised in Western New York, spending many years in and around Chautauqua Creek where she grew to love all things wild.  Drawn to a creative life, Sara followed a career in the visual arts - drawing from nature for subject matter.  An increased focus on native flora developed while an interdisciplinary graduate student in Nature and Culture at SUNY Fredonia. Sara owned and operated Canadaway Wildflowers, a native plant nursery in Fredonia. She has offered many presentations on the region's native flora, gardening for wildlife, and wildflower propagation; her writings have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Upstate Gardeners Journal, Nature Photographer Magazine and Buffalo Spree. Sara lives with her family on Canadaway Creek, where she gardens and operates an art studio.

 Fletcher Music Hall

Fletcher Music Hall

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Aug
8
4:15 PM16:15

Week Seven: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall


Join our seasoned guides with experience ranging from certified arborists, master gardeners and/or horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Depending on if your group starts at Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) or up at Fletcher Music Hall, you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers on the grounds. Questions welcomed! Each tour takes a circuitous route for about an hour. 


Joe grew up in the local area and after a 3 year agricultural stay with the Peace Corp, a BA in Comparative Literature, and tree work and landscaping in Denver, he returned to Chautauqua County. His span of his experience ranges from raising grapes on Lake Erie plain, starting and still consulting for a landscaping company, and farming juice grapes. Chautauqua is fortunate to have Joe, a certified arborist share his knowledge for the local flora and fauna on Garden Walks and Talks.

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Aug
2
9:15 AM09:15

Week Six: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall  

(F15 H,8 on the Institution map)

This morning garden walk will focus on ecological gardening tips and techniques. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to your garden. The walk will wrap up in time for you to attend the 10:45 Amphitheater program. 


Sara was raised in Western New York, spending many years in and around Chautauqua Creek where she grew to love all things wild.  Drawn to a creative life, Sara followed a career in the visual arts - drawing from nature for subject matter.  An increased focus on native flora developed while an interdisciplinary graduate student in Nature and Culture at SUNY Fredonia. Sara owned and operated Canadaway Wildflowers, a native plant nursery in Fredonia. She has offered many presentations on the region's native flora, gardening for wildlife, and wildflower propagation; her writings have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Upstate Gardeners Journal, Nature Photographer Magazine and Buffalo Spree. Sara lives with her family on Canadaway Creek, where she gardens and operates an art studio

 Fletcher Music Hall

Fletcher Music Hall

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Aug
1
4:15 PM16:15

Week Six: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall


Join our seasoned guides with experience ranging from certified arborists, master gardeners and/or horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Depending on if your group starts at Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) or up at Fletcher Music Hall, you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers on the grounds. Questions welcomed! Each tour takes a circuitous route for about an hour. 


Joe grew up in the local area and after a 3 year agricultural stay with the Peace Corp, a BA in Comparative Literature, and tree work and landscaping in Denver, he returned to Chautauqua County. His span of his experience ranges from raising grapes on Lake Erie plain, starting and still consulting for a landscaping company, and farming juice grapes. Chautauqua is fortunate to have Joe, a certified arborist share his knowledge for the local flora and fauna on Garden Walks and Talks.

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Jul
26
9:15 AM09:15

Week Five: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall

(F15 H,8 on the Institution map)

This morning garden walk will focus on ecological gardening tips and techniques. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to your garden. The walk will wrap up in time for you to attend the 10:45 Amphitheater program. 


Sara was raised in Western New York, spending many years in and around Chautauqua Creek where she grew to love all things wild.  Drawn to a creative life, Sara followed a career in the visual arts - drawing from nature for subject matter.  An increased focus on native flora developed while an interdisciplinary graduate student in Nature and Culture at SUNY Fredonia. Sara owned and operated Canadaway Wildflowers, a native plant nursery in Fredonia. She has offered many presentations on the region's native flora, gardening for wildlife, and wildflower propagation; her writings have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Upstate Gardeners Journal, Nature Photographer Magazine and Buffalo Spree. Sara lives with her family on Canadaway Creek, where she gardens and operates an art studio.

 Fletcher Music Hall

Fletcher Music Hall

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Jul
25
4:15 PM16:15

Week Five: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall


Join our seasoned guides with experience ranging from certified arborists, master gardeners and/or horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Depending on if your group starts at Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) or up at Fletcher Music Hall, you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers on the grounds. Questions welcomed! Each tour takes a circuitous route for about an hour. 


Joe grew up in the local area and after a 3 year agricultural stay with the Peace Corp, a BA in Comparative Literature, and tree work and landscaping in Denver, he returned to Chautauqua County. His span of his experience ranges from raising grapes on Lake Erie plain, starting and still consulting for a landscaping company, and farming juice grapes. Chautauqua is fortunate to have Joe, a certified arborist share his knowledge for the local flora and fauna on Garden Walks and Talks.

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Jul
18
4:15 PM16:15

Week Four: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall


Join our seasoned guides with experience ranging from certified arborists, master gardeners and/or horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Depending on if your group starts at Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) or up at Fletcher Music Hall, you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers on the grounds. Questions welcomed! Each tour takes a circuitous route for about an hour. 


Joe grew up in the local area and after a 3 year agricultural stay with the Peace Corp, a BA in Comparative Literature, and tree work and landscaping in Denver, he returned to Chautauqua County. His span of his experience ranges from raising grapes on Lake Erie plain, starting and still consulting for a landscaping company, and farming juice grapes. Chautauqua is fortunate to have Joe, a certified arborist share his knowledge for the local flora and fauna on Garden Walks and Talks.

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Jul
12
9:15 AM09:15

Week Three: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall

(F15 H,8 on the Institution map)

This morning garden walk will focus on ecological gardening tips and techniques. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to your garden.



Sara was raised in Western New York, spending many years in and around Chautauqua Creek where she grew to love all things wild.  Drawn to a creative life, Sara followed a career in the visual arts - drawing from nature for subject matter.  An increased focus on native flora developed while an interdisciplinary graduate student in Nature and Culture at SUNY Fredonia. Sara owned and operated Canadaway Wildflowers, a native plant nursery in Fredonia. She has offered many presentations on the region's native flora, gardening for wildlife, and wildflower propagation; her writings have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Upstate Gardeners Journal, Nature Photographer Magazine and Buffalo Spree. Sara lives with her family on Canadaway Creek, where she gardens and operates an art studio.

 Fletcher Music Hall

Fletcher Music Hall

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Jul
11
4:15 PM16:15

Week Three: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall


Join our seasoned guides with experience ranging from certified arborists, master gardeners and/or horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Depending on if your group starts at Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) or up at Fletcher Music Hall, you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers on the grounds. Questions welcomed! Each tour takes a circuitous route for about an hour. 


Joe grew up in the local area and after a 3 year agricultural stay with the Peace Corp, a BA in Comparative Literature, and tree work and landscaping in Denver, he returned to Chautauqua County. His span of his experience ranges from raising grapes on Lake Erie plain, starting and still consulting for a landscaping company, and farming juice grapes. Chautauqua is fortunate to have Joe, a certified arborist share his knowledge for the local flora and fauna on Garden Walks and Talks.

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Jul
5
9:15 AM09:15

Week Two: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall   
(F15 H,8 on the Institution map)

The morning garden walks will focus on ecological gardening tips and techniques. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens,  "right plant in the right place,"  and attracting pollinators and nature to your garden. The walk will conclude in time for you to attend the 10:45 Amphitheater program.

 


Sara was raised in Western New York, spending many years in and around Chautauqua Creek where she grew to love all things wild.  Drawn to a creative life, Sara followed a career in the visual arts - drawing from nature for subject matter.  An increased focus on native flora developed while an interdisciplinary graduate student in Nature and Culture at SUNY Fredonia. Sara owned and operated Canadaway Wildflowers, a native plant nursery in Fredonia. She has offered many presentations on the region's native flora, gardening for wildlife, and wildflower propagation; her writings have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Upstate Gardeners Journal, Nature Photographer Magazine and Buffalo Spree. Sara lives with her family on Canadaway Creek, where she gardens and operates an art studio.

 Fletcher Music Hall

Fletcher Music Hall

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Jul
4
4:15 PM16:15

Week Two: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall


Join our seasoned guides with experience ranging from certified arborists, master gardeners and/or horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Depending on if your group starts at Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) or up at Fletcher Music Hall, you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers on the grounds. Questions welcomed! Each tour takes a circuitous route for about an hour. 


Joe grew up in the local area and after a 3 year agricultural stay with the Peace Corp, a BA in Comparative Literature, and tree work and landscaping in Denver, he returned to Chautauqua County. His span of his experience ranges from raising grapes on Lake Erie plain, starting and still consulting for a landscaping company, and farming juice grapes. Chautauqua is fortunate to have Joe, a certified arborist share his knowledge for the local flora and fauna on Garden Walks and Talks.

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Jun
30
9:00 AM09:00

Week One: Nature Walk

Speaker/Guide: Jack Gulvin
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall

Jack leads a group along Fletcher Avenue and the Ravine toward the South End and covers a couple dozen features, including a few birds and animals when available in addition to plants, trees and insects. Emphasis on items one might otherwise not notice and facts not widely known. You'll see these woods in a whole new light. The tour lasts about 90 minutes so there's still time to get to the 10:45 lecture at the Amphitheater lecture. 


Jack learned about plants and birds as a teenager from Jamestown Audubon specialists Gib Burgeson and Bob Sundell and that set him on his path to earning a BS in Forest Management at Syracuse. He was employed by the US Department of the Interior for 13 years working in parks with diverse a landscape from Yellowstone, Grand Teton to Cuyahoga Ohio. A nationally known expert on Purple Martins, he attends to dozens of houses on the Institution grounds and throughout Chautauqua County, carefully charting out their records per house. Jack's knowledge of his subject matter and friendly manner make him an ideal speaker/guide for all ages. Join in on a Nature Walk at 9:15 Friday mornings starting at Smith Wilkes Hall and then meet up again lakeside between the Bell Tower and Sports Club at the Purple Martin houses. 

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Jun
28
9:15 AM09:15

Week One: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Sara Baker-Michalak
Location: Fletcher Music Hall
(F15 H,8 on
the Institution map)

This morning garden walk will focus on ecological gardening tips and techniques. Participants will learn the importance of using native plants, rain gardens, "right plant in the right place," and attracting pollinators and nature to your garden. The walk will wrap up in time for you to attend the 10:45 Amphitheater program. 

 


Sara was raised in Western New York, spending many years in and around Chautauqua Creek where she grew to love all things wild.  Drawn to a creative life, Sara followed a career in the visual arts - drawing from nature for subject matter.  An increased focus on native flora developed while an interdisciplinary graduate student in Nature and Culture at SUNY Fredonia. Sara owned and operated Canadaway Wildflowers, a native plant nursery in Fredonia. She has offered many presentations on the region's native flora, gardening for wildlife, and wildflower propagation; her writings have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Upstate Gardeners Journal, Nature Photographer Magazine and Buffalo Spree. Sara lives with her family on Canadaway Creek, where she gardens and operates an art studio. 

 

 Fletcher Music Hall

Fletcher Music Hall

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Jun
27
4:15 PM16:15

Week One: Garden Walk

Speaker/Guide: Joe McMaster
Location: Lake side (back) of Smith Wilkes Hall


Join our seasoned guides with experience ranging from certified arborists, master gardeners and/or horticulturalist to expert in the plants, trees and habitat of Chautauqua Institution and county within western NY. Depending on if your group starts at Smith Wilkes Hall (lakeside) or up at Fletcher Music Hall, you'll walk the grounds learning about the interesting selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers on the grounds. Questions welcomed! Each tour takes a circuitous route for about an hour. 


Joe grew up in the local area and after a 3 year agricultural stay with the Peace Corp, a BA in Comparative Literature, and tree work and landscaping in Denver, he returned to Chautauqua County. His span of his experience ranges from raising grapes on Lake Erie plain, starting and still consulting for a landscaping company, and farming juice grapes. Chautauqua is fortunate to have Joe, a certified arborist share his knowledge for the local flora and fauna on Garden Walks and Talks.

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