Aug
23
9:00 AM09:00

Week Nine: Nature Walk

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

Nature Walk Jack leads a group along Fletcher Avenue and the Ravine toward the South End and highlights a couple dozen features along the way of this 'guided discovery' walk, including birds and animals 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 75 minutes so there's still time to get to the 10:45 lecture at the Amphitheater lecture. 

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Aug
21
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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Aug
20
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
20
12:15 PM12:15

Week Nine: Brown Bag Lecture

 “The Best Trees for Home, Urban, & City Landscapes in the Northeast”
Speaker/Guide: Don Leopold
Distinguished Teaching Professor SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Author

Location: Smith Wilkes Hal

Understanding the best trees for home, urban, and city landscapes in the northeast will equip you with the knowledge to determine what you do for that next landscaping project.  Don Leopold Ph.D. will identify many different tree species that can be considered depending on site characteristics and desired aesthetics (size, form, flowering, fall color, unusual bark, etc.)  Some of the selection choices will even include food value.  The best tree species and rationale for their selection will be presented, as will tree species that should be avoided because of their liabilities.


After Don Leopold earned his Ph.D. in forest ecology from Purdue University in 1984, he joined the Dept. of Environmental and Forest Biology at SUNY ESF in ‘85.  He has taught dendrology every year since.  In 1998 he was promoted to Distinguished Teaching Professor and in 1999, he was awarded the first SUNY ESF College Foundation Award for Exceptional Achievement in teaching. In 2007 Don received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.  He was Chair of his Dept. from July 2005 recently stepped down at the end of Feb. 2019. 

In 2007 he began serving on the US Army Corp of Engineers National Technical Committee on Wetland Vegetation.  His research primarily focuses on the ecology of native plant species and natural communities, examining drivers of diversity and rarity at micro to macro scales; the restoration of unique plant communities on alkaline industrial wastes in urban areas; and applications of this research to sustainable, urban landscapes, and green solutions

Don has published six books, four of which are major treatments of trees in North America.  His 5th book, Native Plants of the Northeast: A Guide for Gardening and Conservation was given the Garden Writers Assn. Silver Media Award for excellence in horticultural writings. Don’s 7th book, Wildflowers of the Adirondacks, will be published later this year.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_nOGRZu5zg


BTG's weekly Tuesday 12:15pm lecture platform features national experts presenting a range of topics concerning the natural world: wildlife, gardening, and the environment. Bring you lunch to Smith Wilkes Hall - lemon water provided. This signature lecture, usually with a slide show followed by Q&A, lasts approximately an hour. Engage with nature!

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Week Nine: Bird Talk and Walk
Aug
20
7:30 AM07:30

Week Nine: Bird Talk and Walk

Speakers/Guides: Naturalists and Educators from Audubon Community Nature Center in Jamestown or Roger Tory Peterson Institute
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Join one of our seasoned guides to learn about the birds and habitat in our area. After starting out at Smith Wilkes Hall, there are several different routes for the group to take to see birds and hear their call. We'll stop along the way and talk about habitat, predators, migration patterns, nesting and even review 'bird apps'. Bring your own binoculars or borrow some for the walk. The walk/talk should last about an hour. (Dogs are discouraged from attending with owner).

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Week Nine: Lake Walk
Aug
19
6:30 PM18:30

Week Nine: Lake Walk

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"Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Chautauqua Campus”
Speaker/Guide: Katie Finch
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

A short introduction to the identification and precautions necessary in collection, processing and properties of common edible/medicinal plants found along the lakeshore and central grounds of the Chautauqua Institution.

Katie Finch will lead participants along the lakeshore, and given time, through the ravine and around the central grounds. Please dress for the weather and come ready to have the time of your life!

Katie works as nature educator at Audubon Community Nature Center. For the past 8 years in this role Katie has taught hands on, science lessons in local schools, local parks and at Audubon with elementary and middle school children. Katie also heads up the play initiative at Audubon which explores how to best use free, unstructured outdoor play to help children connect with nature while also developing social, emotional and cognitive skills.

As an avid outdoor person, Katie enjoys hiking, backpacking, kayaking and exploring outside. And one way she connects with the natural world is through food. Katie started eating “weeds” over 12 years ago while living on Cape Cod- place that has such a rich history gathering food from the land. Since then, Katie has expanded her “grocery list” and uses what she has learned to teach edible plant programs at Audubon. Degreed in Elementary Education and Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management, she has worked in the outdoor field for 16 years.

With a focus on land conservation and watershed education, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, a 501C3 is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of the Chautauqua region. Working with residents, landowners, landscapers, developers, contractors, public officials, and governmental entities, CWC promotes best land management practices and preserves and restores the waterways/sheds of the region. CWC has led efforts resulting in the conservation of more than 1,000 acres of land and 2 miles of shoreline! chautauquawatershed.org

Note:  Some Lake Walk presentations may involve short, non-strenuous walks and may take you to rough terrain.  Please come prepared for light exertion and occasional inclement weather.  Appropriate clothing and footgear are suggested.

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Aug
16
9:00 AM09:00

Week Eight: Nature Walk

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

Nature Walk Jack leads a group along Fletcher Avenue and the Ravine toward the South End and highlights a couple dozen features along the way of this 'guided discovery' walk, including birds and animals 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 75 minutes so there's still time to get to the 10:45 lecture at the Amphitheater lecture. 

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Aug
15
3:00 PM15:00

Week Eight: Bus Tour of Gardens

Speaker/Guide: Betsy Burgeson
Location: Main Gate Welcome Center

Purchase a $10 ticket at the Main Gate Visitor Center then join BTG and Betsy Burgeson on the Garden Bus! Step into an air-conditioned bus to visit the various gardens around the grounds. Lead by the Institution Supervisor of Landscapes and Gardens, hear how Betsy plans, organizes her staff, and cares for these magnificent and diverse gardens throughout Chautauqua Institution.


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.

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Week Eight: Ravine Program
Aug
15
1:00 PM13:00

Week Eight: Ravine Program

Nature Talks: "A Bag Full of Surprises"
Speaker/Guide: Jack Gulvin

Location: Burgeson Nature Classroom

What 'nature objects' are in the bag full of surprises? Jack totes a bag filled with some of nature’s most unique items. Shut your eyes; select one from the bag; and then he’ll help you discover something remarkable and unusual about that object. Naturalist, forester, and nationally known purple martin expert Jack Gulvin, will shed new light on the natural world that surrounds us.


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 at 4:15 (weeks 1-4).

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Aug
14
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
13
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
13
12:15 PM12:15

Week Eight: Brown Bag Lecture

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“Purpose In The Landscape”
Speaker/Guide: Nellie Gardner
Horticulturist, cut flower farmer and historic landscape preservation consultant
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

With no formal high school education and no money, discover how horticulturist Nell Gardner found opportunity and skill from growing up on Cape Bretton Island restoring old farmsteads and planting gardens in forgotten fields. Today she is owner of Flower Fields Farm and is the horticulturist for the Darwin Martin house, Greycliff and the Richardson Olmsted Complex. Using beautiful and harvestable plants, she will share tips and ideas from her agricultural experience that you can use to enhance your own landscape and home.   

With no formal high school education and no money, discover how horticulturist Nell Gardner found opportunity and skill from growing up on Cape Bretton Island restoring old farmsteads and planting gardens in forgotten fields. Today she is owner of Flower Fields Farm and is the horticulturist for the Darwin Martin house, Greycliff and the Richardson Olmsted Complex. Using beautiful and harvestable plants, she will share tips and ideas from her agricultural experience that you can use to enhance your own landscape and home.   


Through hard work and a dedication to the science and understanding of the natural world Nell Gardner has earned a reputation for problem solving, skilled technique, and expertise in horticultural management.  Through her hard scrabble farm upbringing in Nova Scotia to studying at Cornell University, she brings an expertise and quality to the field of Horticulture, seeing the landscape as an integrated whole, a system that needs balance and a thorough understanding of natural systems. Nell has worked for Cornell University as well as run her own consulting and Flower Farm for 25 years. Nell’s signature wreaths were featured in July 2018's Country Gardens Magazine, as a "resourceful recipe for long-lasting wreaths."   She currently works as the Horticulturist for the Darwin Martin house, Greycliff, and the Richardson Olmsted Complex.
https://www.flower-fields.com/

BTG's weekly Tuesday 12:15pm lecture platform features national experts presenting a range of topics concerning the natural world: wildlife, gardening, and the environment. Bring you lunch to Smith Wilkes Hall - lemon water provided. This signature lecture, usually with a slide show followed by Q&A, lasts approximately an hour. Engage with nature!

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Week Eight: Bird Talk and Walk
Aug
13
7:30 AM07:30

Week Eight: Bird Talk and Walk

Speakers/Guides: Naturalists and Educators from Audubon Community Nature Center in Jamestown or Roger Tory Peterson Institute
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Join one of our seasoned guides to learn about the birds and habitat in our area. After starting out at Smith Wilkes Hall, there are several different routes for the group to take to see birds and hear their call. We'll stop along the way and talk about habitat, predators, migration patterns, nesting and even review 'bird apps'. Bring your own binoculars or borrow some for the walk. The walk/talk should last about an hour. (Dogs are discouraged from attending with owner).

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Week Eight: Lake Walk
Aug
12
6:30 PM18:30

Week Eight: Lake Walk

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Near Shore Aquatic Insects of Chautauqua Lake
Speaker/Guide: Dennis McNair
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

Dennis will share this expertise in his work, which will focus on the nearshore aquatic insects commonly found along the lakeshore at the Chautauqua Institution, with an emphasis on the winged adult stages present at the time of the walk.  He will also discuss their life cycles, their importance to the lake and shore food webs, and, thus, their importance to the lake ecosystem.

Dennis is an emeritus biology professor from the University of Pittsburgh, having taught at the Johnstown Campus for 33 years and chaired the Biology Dept. there for 21 years. Dennis’ academic research focused on aquatic insects as indicators of water quality and on the ecology and distribution of dragonflies and damselflies.

With a focus on land conservation and watershed education, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, a 501C3 charity, is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of the Chautauqua region. Working with residents, landowners, landscapers, developers, contractors, public officials, and governmental entities, CWC promotes best land management practices and preserves and restores the waterways/sheds of the region. CWC has led efforts resulting in the conservation of more than 1,000 acres of land and 2 miles of shoreline! chautauquawatershed.org

Note:  Some Lake Walk presentations may involve short, non-strenuous walks and may take you to rough terrain.  Please come prepared for light exertion and occasional inclement weather.  Appropriate clothing and footgear are suggested.

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Aug
9
9:00 AM09:00

Week Seven: Nature Walk

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

Nature Walk Jack leads a group along Fletcher Avenue and the Ravine toward the South End and highlights a couple dozen features along the way of this 'guided discovery' walk, including birds and animals 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 75 minutes so there's still time to get to the 10:45 lecture at the Amphitheater lecture. 

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Aug
8
1:00 PM13:00

Week Seven: 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. Meet the person who transformed this space from ‘benign neglect’ to a Level 1 Arboretum certified by arbnet.org. Travel to the Arboretum (South End of the Grounds) by Tram/Bus or walk/bike over Thunder Bridge and walk to the end of the street. Every plant, tree and shrub is marked so bring your cell phone and take photos.


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.

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Aug
7
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
6
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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Week Seven: Bird Talk and Walk
Aug
6
7:30 AM07:30

Week Seven: Bird Talk and Walk

Speakers/Guides: Naturalists and Educators from Audubon Community Nature Center in Jamestown or Roger Tory Peterson Institute
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Join one of our seasoned guides to learn about the birds and habitat in our area. After starting out at Smith Wilkes Hall, there are several different routes for the group to take to see birds and hear their call. We'll stop along the way and talk about habitat, predators, migration patterns, nesting and even review 'bird apps'. Bring your own binoculars or borrow some for the walk. The walk/talk should last about an hour. (Dogs are discouraged from attending with owner).

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Week Seven: Lake Walk
Aug
5
6:30 PM18:30

Week Seven: Lake Walk

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Trees:  Green Guardians of Soil, Air and Water
Speaker/Guide: Becky Nystrom
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

Join Becky on a visit to the Ravine Forest, explore the relationships between fungi, microbes, air, water and light with the roots and leaves of trees, and the critical contributions trees make to the ecological health of the streams, lakes, wetlands and watersheds in their Chautauqua Region ecosystems.  

Ms.Becky Nystrom is a local naturalist, conservationist, and retired Jamestown Community College professor of biology (36 years!) who helped co-found the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and who has served as a long-time CWC board director, conservation committee member, fieldtrip leader, and regular columnist for the Chautauqua Watershed Notes. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Chautauqua Lake Association and JCC Foundation, is a life-member of the BTG, and volunteers her time on behalf of a number of forest- and lake-related endeavors. She is active in her Creation Care group at Zion Covenant Church, and passionately promotes increased awareness, appreciation, and stewardship of the natural world.

Becky earned her Master of Science degree in Biology from SUNY College at Fredonia, Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and Associates in Science degree from Jamestown Community College. Her professional honors include the SUNY Jamestown Community College Distinguished Alumnus Award, the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute’s Blanche Hornbeck Award for Excellence in Nature Education, and others. Becky and her husband Steve live in Jamestown, and together enjoy traveling, spending time with their grandbaby, hiking, gardening, good music, good books, good friends, and a house-full of pets and plants.


With a focus on land conservation and watershed education, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, a 501C3 is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of the Chautauqua region. Working with residents, landowners, landscapers, developers, contractors, public officials, and governmental entities, CWC promotes best land management practices and preserves and restores the waterways/sheds of the region. CWC has led efforts resulting in the conservation of more than 1,000 acres of land and 2 miles of shoreline! chautauquawatershed.org

Note: Some Lake Walk presentations may involve short, non-strenuous walks and may take you to rough terrain. Please come prepared for light exertion and occasional inclement weather. Appropriate clothing and footgear are suggested.

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Week Seven: Monarch Moments & More
Aug
5
12:15 PM12:15

Week Seven: Monarch Moments & More

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"A Masterpiece for Modern Times”
Speaker/Guide: Betsy Burgeson, Supervisor of Landscapes and Gardens, Chautauqua Institution
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Originally created by Ellen Biddle Shipman, the grand gardens of Miller Cottage showcased myriad exotics and hard-to-grow varieties. Chautauqua’s Supervisor of Gardens and Landscapes takes us through her journey of re-creating the gardens using less persnickety plants and natives to achieve the desired effect. Be amazed by the effort to transport this garden thru time - the results speak for themselves!

 


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 and also holds the cherished role of BTG Patron Saint!

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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Life Member's Annual Luncheon
Aug
2
12:15 PM12:15

Life Member's Annual Luncheon

Location: Athenaeum Hotel ~ Gather at Noon
Program: "Ellen Biddle Shipman"  
Guest lecture: Marta McDowell  
Fee: Lunch and program are $37 payable to the Chautauqua BTG via check or credit card. Reservations by July 16. This event is open to Life Members only.  If you would like to become a life member and attend the event - please complete a membership application. Guests are only at the invitation of BTG.                                                                           

BTG's Life Member Annual Luncheon is an opportunity to honor Life Members whose contributions help the Bird, Tree, and Garden Club continue its mission. Our gathering allows us to remember our tradition of education and conservation and to share information about new opportunities and projects being undertaken by the Bird, Tree, and Garden Club.

This year's lecture will feature a lively talk and slide show presentation by Marta McDowell, providing the audience with well researched look at Ellen Biddle Shipman - landscape architect who worked with former BTG President Mina Edison and daughter of Institution founder Lewis Miller on the garden plans for the cottage.

***** All Life Members who commit to being docents/head hostesses for the 2020 House and Garden Tour will be invited for a complimentary guided tour of the Miller Edison Cottage and Shipman Gardens that morning. Tour times will be based on receipt of paid reservation.  

Marta McDowell - “Perennial BTG Speaker teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden where she has been twice awarded "Instructor of the Year." She consults for private clients and public gardens. Her garden writing has appeared in popular publications such as Woman’s Day, Country Gardening and The New York Times.  Her first book Emily Dickenson’s Garden came out in 2005. Marta won a 2014 Gold Award from the Garden Writers Association for her book Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life. Her 2015 book on the history of American gardening as seen through the White House grounds is called All the Presidents’ Gardens, which was on the New York Times bestsellers list.

http://www.martamcdowell.com

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Aug
2
9:00 AM09:00

Week Six: Nature Walk

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

Nature Walk Jack leads a group along Fletcher Avenue and the Ravine toward the South End and highlights a couple dozen features along the way of this 'guided discovery' walk, including birds and animals 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 75 minutes so there's still time to get to the 10:45 lecture at the Amphitheater lecture. 

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Jul
31
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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Jul
30
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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Week Six: Brown Bag Lecture
Jul
30
12:15 PM12:15

Week Six: Brown Bag Lecture

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“Gardening With The Edisons”
Speaker/Guide: Marta McDowell

Author and teaches landscape history and horticulture at the NY Botanical Garden
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

In their 40-plus year marriage, Mina Miller Edison and Thomas Edison created three gardens at their homes in West Orange, NJ, Fort Meyers, FL, and of course here at Chautauqua. They worked with Ellen Shipman, one if the premier landscape designers of their day. Mina was president for the Chautauqua Bird, Tree, and Garden Club. Thomas set up a botanic research laboratory with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone. Come learn about what the Edisons grew, how they grew it, and the amazing research Thomas did into the possibilities of plants.


Marta McDowell teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden where she has been twice awarded "Instructor of the Year." She consults for private clients and public gardens. Her garden writing has appeared in popular publications such as Woman’s Day, Country Gardening and The New York Times.  Her first book Emily Dickenson’s Garden came out in 2005. Marta won a 2014 Gold Award from the Garden Writers Association for her book Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life. Her 2015 book on the history of American gardening as seen through the White House grounds is called All the Presidents’ Gardens, which was on the New York Times bestsellers list.

http://www.martamcdowell.com

BTG's weekly Tuesday 12:15pm lecture platform features national experts presenting a range of topics concerning the natural world: wildlife, gardening, and the environment. Bring you lunch to Smith Wilkes Hall - lemon water provided. This signature lecture, usually with a slide show followed by Q&A, lasts approximately an hour. Engage with nature!

 

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Week Six: Bird Talk and Walk
Jul
30
7:30 AM07:30

Week Six: Bird Talk and Walk

Speakers/Guides: Naturalists and Educators from Audubon Community Nature Center in Jamestown or Roger Tory Peterson Institute
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Join one of our seasoned guides to learn about the birds and habitat in our area. After starting out at Smith Wilkes Hall, there are several different routes for the group to take to see birds and hear their call. We'll stop along the way and talk about habitat, predators, migration patterns, nesting and even review 'bird apps'. Bring your own binoculars or borrow some for the walk. The walk/talk should last about an hour. (Dogs are discouraged from attending with owner).

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Week Six: Lake Walk
Jul
29
6:30 PM18:30

Week Six: Lake Walk

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Chautauqua Lake: An Geological Backstory
Speaker/Guide: Glenn Wahl
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach

Explore the history of the Chautauqua Lake region and its surrounding hills.  Glenn’s presentation will take you back through time to learn about important events in the evolution of the present landscape. From ancient oceans with fifteen-foot long crustaceans to mile-thick glaciers, the Chautauqua Lake story is a fascinating one.

Glenn is a local educator and a geology instructor at Jamestown Community College. Holding degrees in geology and environmental biology, he's an environmentalist and advocate for sustainable systems. Glenn will explore the backstory behind the Chautauqua Lake region - how the lake and the surrounding hills came to be.

With a focus on land conservation and watershed education, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, a 501C3 charity, is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of the Chautauqua region. Working with residents, landowners, landscapers, developers, contractors, public officials, and governmental entities, CWC promotes best land management practices and preserves and restores the waterways/sheds of the region. CWC has led efforts resulting in the conservation of more than 1,000 acres of land and 2 miles of shoreline! chautauquawatershed.org

 Note:  Some Lake Walk presentations may involve short, non-strenuous walks and may take you to rough terrain.  Please come prepared for light exertion and occasional inclement weather.  Appropriate clothing and footgear are suggested.

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Week Six: Monarch Moments & More
Jul
29
12:15 PM12:15

Week Six: Monarch Moments & More

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"Bountiful Beneficials --How to Have the Most and Best Insect-eating Allies in Your Garden"
Speaker/Guide: Mike McGrath
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Garden guru and host of the nationally-syndicated public radio show You Bet Your Garden will give us more chemical-free horticultural tips as he discusses how to attract and keep the good guys in your garden.
Back by popular demand - this guy had the audience in stitches last season. He’ll probably be at Jamestown Comedy Center next year!


Mike McGrath is the host of the nationally syndicated
Public Radio show, "You Bet Your Garden".  His program is an hour of “chemical-free horticultural hijinks”, and airs every Saturday morning in Philadelphia, and at various times on other Public Radio stations across the nation. Mike is the Garden Editor for WTOP News Radio in Washington, DC and contributing editor and columnist for Greenprints magazine.  He is the former Editor-in-Chief of Organic Gardening magazine and author of books on tomatoes, compost, seed saving, and kitchen gardening.

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
26
9:00 AM09:00

Week Five: Nature Walk

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

Nature Walk Jack leads a group along Fletcher Avenue and the Ravine toward the South End and highlights a couple dozen features along the way of this 'guided discovery' walk, including birds and animals 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 75 minutes so there's still time to get to the 10:45 lecture at the Amphitheater lecture. 

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