Mountain Top Arboretum
2016 Calendar of Events
All programs $5 non-members, members free, except where noted otherwise.
Great family event
HEMLOCKS THROUGH HISTORY
May 21, Saturday, 10 AM – 12 NOON
Mike Kudish, Catskills forest historian and author, will discuss the history of hemlocks in the Catskills. Dan Snider, Field Projects Manager at CRISP, will discuss the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA). Learn how to identify HWA and what to do if you find HWA on your property. This program is part of the Schoharie Watershed Awareness Month. Space is limited: Register online at www.gcswcd.com or by calling 518-622-3620.
FOREST IMMERSION WALK AND AFTERNOON TEA
May 22, Sunday, 11 AM
GARDEN FAIR/PLANT EXCHANGE
May 28, Saturday, 10 AM – 3 PM
Annual plant sale and exchange, with master gardeners on hand to answer all your questions. Food, vendors, plants and comradery with fellow gardeners.
Free Admission. Rain or Shine, under the big tent.
BIRD WALK WITH LARRY FEDERMAN
June 4, Saturday, 8 AM
Join us this spring for our annual guided tour with Larry Federman. There are usually plenty of spring warblers to see and listen too. Bring boots and binoculars!
OUT OF THE (WINDOW) BOX
June 11, Saturday, 10 AM
Different ideas in planting containers. Andrew Koehn, Head Gardener at Mohonk Mountain House, will demonstrate how to make window boxes, hanging baskets, and large containers really stand out all season long.
WHAT IS THAT TREE?
June 18, Saturday, 10 AM
Learn how to identify the top 20 trees in the Catskill Forest. Suitable for the whole family. We’ll take a short walk to see how many of these trees we can find along Maude Adams Road. Rain or shine (unless it’s pouring).
GET RID OF THEM! IDENTIFY AND ELIMINATE INVASIVE SPECIES FROM YOUR PROPERTY
June 25, Saturday, 10 AM – 12 NOON
Mark Whitmore, Cornell Univ. Forest Entomologist, will bring us the latest information and best practices. Dan Snider, Field Projects Manager at CRISP, will then take us for a walk through the grounds to find lurking invasives and talk about the best methods of eradication.
FAIRY GARDEN DAY
July 9, Saturday 10AM – 12 Noon
Create your own Fairy Terrarium to take home or leave it for the fairies at the Arboretum Fairy Garden. Everyone is welcome to spend more time in the Fairy Garden building new houses and gardens. $10 materials fee for non-members; $5. members
SHINRIN-YOKU: A FOREST THERAPY WALK
July 16, Saturday 1 PM -3 PM
PROFESSOR LOUIE: BACK TO THE BLUES
July 23, Saturday, 2 PM
A free Blues concert. Songs of Dylan, the blues, and 60s folk performed by the legendary Woodstock performing artist and member of the Band Professor Louie . Outdoors at the West Meadow Pond. Bring a chair or blanket. Sponsored by the 23Arts INITIATIVE.
MEET SOME BIRDS OF PREY
August 6, Saturday, 10 AM
Meet some live birds of prey, see a flight demonstration and feel the wind from the birds’ wings as they are walked through the audience by wildlife expert Brian Robinson. A great family program.
August 20, Saturday, 10 AM
A Guided Mushroom walk with John Michelotti, owner of Catskill Fungi in Big Indian, NY. Learn about the many kinds of fungi living at the Arboretum.
TREE PRUNING BASICS
August 27, Saturday, 10 AM
Tree Pruning Workshop with Arborist and Plant Pathologist Vern Rist. An educational and fun walkabout through the West Meadow. Learn why, where and when to prune trees.
PLANTING IN THE POST-WILD WORLD
September 4, Sunday, 5 PM
Claudia West, a leading voice in ecological landscape design and co-author of the groundbreaking guide Planting in the Post-Wild World, presents a powerful alternative to traditional horticulture: designed plantings that function like naturally occurring plant communities. Reception for members to be held afterward.
September 10, Saturday, 10 AM – 12 noon
A walk in the ecologically diverse and fascinating Black Spruce Glen to find and identify native plants in the bog, marsh, and coniferous woods.