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.