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There's a lot going on at Landis in July!
Check your calendar and sign up for the fun!

July 5 & 6, Friday & Saturday, 10 p.m.



 A variety of telescopes will treat you to views of nebulae, star clusters, galaxies, planets, and other celestial sights. Alan French will hold an introductory program in the Meeting House followed by a short, outdoor tour of the prominent constellations. Registration is suggested because Star Parties are canceled if the skies are mostly cloudy. Call Alan at (518) 374-8460 if conditions are uncertain or for more details on star parties. Check out this link to the Dudley Observatory, sponsor of the Albany Amateur Astronomers Association:


Location: The Meeting House. Free parking.

Members and Non-members: Free; Donations to the Arboretum to support programs like this gratefully accepted!


July 6, Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m.



The pond is full of life. Join us for an exploration of one of the Arboretum's pond and learn about who is who, what do they do, how do they grow and where do they go.


Instructor: George Steele, Science Educator  

Location: The Meeting House. Free parking.

Members: $5/person, $15/family; Non-members: $10/person, $25/family


July 7, Sunday, 3 p.m.



Join us for beautiful music in our beautifully restored Meeting House. This hour-long program demonstrates the popular styles of American Music starting with the Ragtime tunes of Scott Joplin in the early 1900s, moving through Vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley, Big Band Jazz, Gershwin, Broadway Musicals, through the Rock and Roll and Contemporary sounds of the late 20th Century.  Presented with explanation and musical examples, the program will be both entertaining and educational for all ages.   We'll throw upon the new glass doors and let the music roll across the hills.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket and if you wish, a picnic lunch to enjoy this beautiful music.  This event is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered through the Community Arts Grants Fund by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

Location: The Meeting House. Free parking.

Members & Non-members: FREE, but donations to the Arboretum to support programs like this are always appreciated!


July 13, Saturday, 10 a.m.-Noon



Join Cindy King as she discusses the botany of ferns, where the different species may be found, and making positive identifications by looking at the characteristics of spore cases with a hand lens. We'll learn about collecting fern spores and spore propagation of ferns, then make visits to sites in the Arb where ferns may found.


Instructor: Cindy King, Master Gardener and member of the American Fern Society  

Location: The Greenhouse and Library. Free parking.

Members: $10/person; Non-members: $20/person


July 20, Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.



You can learn a lot from a seasoned gardener.  Take a tour to see how local gardeners have addressed some common concerns, including gardening organically to raise food for the family, keeping the local critters at bay, managing the weed situation, and making gardening possible for people with significant health issues.  You'll see some beautiful gardens and get to talk with some amazing gardeners.  All gardens are within a 30 minute drive of Landis.  You can pick up your map at Landis between 9 a.m. and noon; the gardens will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 


Location: The Farm House. Free parking.

Members: $5/person, $10/car; Non-members: $10/person, $20/car.


July 22, Monday, 9-10:30 p.m.



Everyone should walk the woods when the moon is full. We'll listen for crickets, owls, coyotes, frogs and other night creatures and let our night vision take in the woods and fields in the moonlight.


Instructor: George Steele, Science Educator  

Location: The Meeting House. Free parking.

Members: $5/person, $15/family; Non-members: $10/person, $25/family


July 25, Thursday, 2-3 p.m.



Tune in to WAMC Radio's call-in program for information on all things horticultural provided by Landis' Director and Arborist Fred Breglia and other experts. If you miss the show, you can catch up on archived shows at


July 26, Friday, 7-10 p.m.



Come enjoy an evening of music at the area's newest music venue. BYOB and a lawn chair or blanket if you want to enjoy the concert out on the lawn. Lite Fare available. Check our website and Constant Contact emails for information on the musicians.


Location: The Meeting House. Free parking.

Members and Non-members: $10 at the door


July 27, Saturday, Noon-3 p.m.



Join artist Cynthia Wilson and learn how to use her DASN-N-SPLASH technique to create a unique work of art! Enjoy experimenting with water colors, pencils, and erasers, and take home an original piece of artwork enhanced by supplies you can find right in your own kitchen! Wear an apron or smock over comfortable clothes. Optional: bring along a photo or live sample of your favorite flower. Class fee includes all class materials. The class is appropriate for those ages 12 and older. Class size is limited to 12, so register early to avoid disappointment!


Instructor: Cynthia Wilson, local artist    

Location: The Library. Free parking.

Members: $25/person; Non-members: $35/person


Saturday, July 27, 8 p.m.



Mettawee River Theater Company visits Landis to present TALIESIN in an outdoor production incorporating an array of giant figures, puppets, and masks in a celebration of transformation and imagination.  The story of Taliesin comes from a medieval Welsh tale of sorcery and court intrigue, in which the power of inspiration is accidentally bestowed on an unlikely kid, who can suddenly see beyond everyday reality, becoming Taliesin - "radiant brow" - inspiration for all poets in the Welsh bardic tradition. This will be a magical evening, intriguing for adults and children alike.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.  Call us at (518) 875-6935 or email us at for more information.  This event is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered through the Community Arts Grants Fund by the Greene County Council on the Arts. 


Location: The Meeting House

Members: $5/person, $15/family; Non-members: $10/person, $25/family (kids under 12 are free)



About George Landis Arboretum


The Landis Arboretum is a public garden comprising hundreds of acres overlooking historic Schoharie Valley near Esperance, New York. Arboretum founder Fred Lape began the work of developing the Arboretum in the 1950's on Oak Nose Farm, his family homestead. With the support of a bequest from friend and colleague George Landis, Fred aimed to grow every species of woody plant from temperate regions around the world that would survive in the hills of Schoharie County. 


Forty acres of the Arboretum are developed with plantings of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials from around the world. The remainder of the property consists of natural areas, woodlands, wetlands, more than 8 miles of trails, and open fields. Among the Arboretum's horticultural features are a labeled collection of nearly all the trees, shrubs and vines native to New York State, as well as collections of notable trees, flowering ornamental trees and shrubs, tough trees for tough sites, conifers, and oaks. Two old growth forests and additional natural areas representing various stages of succession await visitors The Van Loveland Perennial Garden at the old farmhouse and the recently restored Quarry Garden are seasonal favorites. Interpretive signage aids visitors in their enjoyment and understanding of the collections and ecosystems of the Arboretum 


Now beginning its second 50 years, the Landis Arboretum is a  "Garden of Trees and Shrubs" in New York's Capital region. The Landiis Arboretum is a valuable cultural and scientific resource that increases each year in scope and community impact. 


Fred Breglia, Director
George Landis Arboretum


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