SCHOHARIE COUNTY, NY (Jan. 28) -- Long a destination of horticulturalists, environmentalists, "earth watchers," and birders, the Arboretum most often "rings a bell" of recognition because of its extraordinary plant sales - Spring and Fall -- that have become signature fundraising and friend-raising events and a seasonal clarion call to those who take pleasure in the treasures of garden and open-air spaces. The Landis Arboretum, in fact, is a living museum and educational resources for the entire family. Its mission is to foster appreciation and understanding of trees and other plants and their importance in our environment. That mission provides the rationale for the more than 200 hours of educational courses, presentations, programs, and events at the Arboretum - as well as its well-respected quarterly Newsletter - all of which educate and inform its members and the public at large. Beyond a mere staging area or garden for plants and trees, the Arboretum is a scientific entity which offers documented collections of labeled plants for enjoyment, casual display, critical examination and scientific study - all within the 548-acre site that straddles Schoharie and Montgomery counties. Arboreta... • Grow and keep labeled collections of woody plants which grow in a given locality; • Introduce plants into cultivation from the wild by selecting superior forms of indigenous plants or by importing and selecting plants from other climatically similar regions around the world; • Maintain accurate records of plant collections through herbarium samples, plant records, and maps of plantings; • Perform scientific investigations such as plant breeding; • Maintain library collections of relevant t literature; and • Disseminate information to the public through educational programs, workshops, and publications. The Arboretum's vision of recognition and respect as a professional institution and community resource is reinforced by its growing reputation and standing with the American Public Gardens Association. Arboretum, is among select public gardens nationwide chosen to participate with The Chicago Botanic Garden, in collaboration with the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), and the University of Kansas, in phased initiative to develop a distributed database system for Web-based querying. Major funding for the project is provided by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Upcoming Events at Landis Arboretum
February 8, Sunday, 10 AM - NoonSECOND SUNDAY SNOWSHOEExplore the Arboretum on snowshoes with ISA certified arborist and snowshoe king Fred Breglia. Along the way, you'll identify animal signs, discuss winter botany, and, in March, look for harbingers of spring. End the day with a hot beverage. Beginner and experienced snowshoers are welcomed. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow a pair from Landis. (Call 518-875-6935 to reserve your pair early.) No snow? We'll take a hike. Free - but donations are always welcomed. March 8, Sunday, 10 AM - NoonSECOND SUNDAY SNOWSHOESee February 8 for description. (Call 518-8875-6935 to reserve your pair early.) No snow? We'll take a hike. Free - but donations are always welcomed.
March 22, Sunday, Noon - 3 PMARBORETUM RITE OF SPRINGJoin us with your friends and associates for the Arboretum's own passage into spring with a little March madness at our special brunch and auction. Seasonal music with special guests, the Oak Hill Kitchen Merrymakers. Tickets are only $25/person. Holiday Inn Express, just off I-88 Exit 23/Schoharie. Call 518-875-6935. Choose Option #2. Or click, landisfun@midtel.
March 27 - 29, Friday - Sunday22nd ANNUAL CAPITAL DISTRICT GARDEN & FLOWER SHOWShow hours are Friday, from 10 AM - 8 PM; Saturday, from noon - 7 PM; and Sunday, 10 AM - 5 PM. Volunteers are needed to enhance our presence and booth at the show. Join us! Volunteer at our booth as we put our best foot forward. McDonough Physical Education Center at Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburg Ave. (Rt. 4), Troy, New York 12180.
March 27/28, Friday/Saturday, 8:30 PMPUBLIC STAR PARTYJoin the *Albany Area Amateur Astronomers (AAAA)* for star gazing under the dark Arboretum skies. A variety of telescopes will treat you to views of nebulae, star clusters, galaxies, planets, and other celestial sights. Fifteen minutes after the starting time, Alan French will hold an introductory program in the Arboretum's rustic Meeting House followed by a short, outdoor tour of the prominent constellations.
Alan French and his wife, Susan, along with other members of the AAAA, have been sharing the night sky with people at star parties in the Capital District for close to 40 years. Alan is a telescope maker, but also enjoys naked-eye astronomy. He is Vice President of Dudley Observatory's Board of Trustees and the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers. Susan writes the monthly "Deep Sky Wonders" column for Sky & Telescope magazine. AAAA members bring a variety of other telescopes to these gatherings, and are happy to share the views of deep sky wonders or offer help to those new to the hobby.
The introductory program includes hints for enjoying the night sky, and the constellation tour includes some myths and stories.
Visitors to the Arboretum event should bring something to sit on, and dress according to the season. A sweater is always a good idea for late evenings at Landis, and it is always a good idea to bring some extra warm clothing. Programs are canceled if the sky is cloudy. Participants are encouraged to register by calling 518-374-8460 so that they can be notified if cloudy skies force a cancellation. Those who do not pre-register can call to check about two hours before the start time.
Open to all with free admission and parking - although donations to aid the Arboretum are always welcome. To check if a particular star party is happening, due to cloudy skies, or for more information about star parties or the AAAA, call 518-374-8460.
Landis: Multifaceted Natural Jewel
As the Capital region's Arboretum, Landis is a multifaceted natural jewel. It now encompasses 548 acres of trees, shrubs, old growth forest and, of course, breath-taking vistas, and memorable gardens. Long a destination of choice among Capital District gardeners, environmentalists, nature lovers, hikers, bikers, and birders, the Landis Arboretum may be one of the best-kept secrets of the northern Catskills.
The Landis Arboretum includes a nationally recognized collection of oaks and is registered with the North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC). The Arboretum also is included in the New York State Route 20 Bluebird Trail, bringing even more birdwatchers to the site. The Arboretum's vast dark sky and wide horizons attract area astronomers to its meeting house and parking field for sky-watching events.
Widening the Door to Natural Wonders for All - Every Day of the Year!
As the Capital Region's Arboretum, Landis serves all residents in the extended Capital Region, which includes (Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Ulster). Many regular visitors to Landis hail from Western Massachusetts, the Berkshires, Westchester, and western New York State. A 501 c 3 corporation, the Arboretum depends heavily of donations, grants, and fundraising events.
Ease of access from all points extends the geographic reach of the Arboretum: Central to NYS Wine and Spa Trails; the Arboretum benefits from its proximity to historic Sharon Springs, Old Stone Fort Museums Complex, Howe Caverns, the Iroquois Indian Museum, the refurbished Cave House, SUNY Cobleskill, and the reputed farms of Schoharie County.
Within under two miles travel distance from scenically designated Route 20 and the route I-88 corridor that links Albany with Cooperstown, Finger Lakes Regions and beyond, the Landis Arboretum is an accessible national treasure within easy reach of New York State's Capital Region.
The Landis Arboretum is open to all individuals and conducts all institutional operations in accordance with requirements of Title VI of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1963, as amended which bar discrimination on the basis of race, age, color, nationality, handicap, or place of residence. In the spirit of Landis Founder Fred Lape, the Arboretum also includes affectional preference in an attempt to reflect progressive times and ensure a welcoming environment for all.
The Arboretum conducts business in compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity requirements of Article 15A of the Executive Law. Whenever possible, the Arboretum attempts to meet the unique needs and expectations of special populations.
Run, Walk, Cheer for It
The Landis Arboretum is located 1.5 miles off scenic-designated Route 20 in Esperance, NY, a beautiful and easy drive from throughout the Capital Region.
The Arboretum's abundance of assets continues to find new admirers, supporters, and advocates each year:
• One of only three arboreta in eastern North America with old-growth forests. Landis has TWO!
• New York State's MOST COMPLETE Collection of Native Plants
• A nationally recognized collection of oaks of the Northeast;
• 8+ miles of hiking/walking trails; year-round programs;
• Classes, workshops, and special events for the entire family;
• The beautiful Van Loveland Gardens;
• The Arboretum's designation as a destination on NYS Route 20 Bluebird Trail;
• Where leaf-peeping turns to awe and Mother Nature hits her high notes!
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