EVENT SCHEDULE FOR GARDEN DAY 2014
10:15 AM – GARDEN LECTURE #1
FREEDOM’S GARDENER: JAMES F. BROWN, HORTICULTURE, AND THE HUDSON VALLEY IN ANTIBELLUM AMERICA
Dr. Myra B. Young Armstead, Professor at Bard College, will discuss her book about the fascinating story of a slave who was born in 1793, escaped from the south, and spent his life from age 34 as a gardener in the Hudson River Valley for the wealthy, Dutch-descended Verplanck family on their estate in Fishkill Landing. Her work is based on the detailed diaries kept by James F. Brown.
11:15 AM – GARDEN LECTURE #2
FIVE CONSERVATION CONCERNS FOR THE HUDSON RIVER VALLEY AND WHAT COMMUNITY MEMBERS CAN DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
JoAnn Brown, Conservation Committee member of the Philipstown Garden Club, will explain efforts many citizens of our area are undertaking to influence policy in our region to preserve and strengthen the beautiful, historic and endangered landscape of the Hudson River Valley.
12:15 PM – TOUR OF REVOLUTIONARY FORTIFICTIONS
KEY OF AMERICA: THE FORTIFICATIONS AT WEST POINT, CONSTITUTION ISLAND AND PUTNAM COUNTY
Dr. Jim Johnson, West Point Graduate and former Chief of Military History at USMA, and current professor and Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College, will provide a tour of some of the Revolutionary fortifications on Constitution Island and explain why General Washington felt they were the most important fortifications to defend in the American Revolution.
1:15 PM – GARDEN LECTURE #3
MAKING YOUR ENVIRONMENT MORE BEAUTIFUL WITH FRESH FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS YOU MAKE YOURSELF
Michael Graber, owner of Graber Florists in Highland Falls for many years, will demonstrate how professionals make gorgeous flower arrangements using tools and tricks available to all of us.
2:15 PM – GARDEN LECTURE #4
THE HISTORY OF NATIONAL LANDMARK GARDENS AT WEST POINT
Dr. Betsey Blakeslee, President of the Friends of the American Revolution at West Point (FAR), will give an historic overview of the gardens at West Point including: Kosciuszko’s Garden (1779); The Superintendent’s Garden designed by Ellen Biddle Shipman; the West Point Cemetery as a memorial garden; and, Anna Warner’s Garden on Constitution Island, the author of Gardening By Myself.
10:15 AM– 2:45 PM CHILDREN’S FLOWER ARRANGING PROJECT
Members of the Philipstown Garden Club will assist children in a project using recycled containers to create beautiful arrangements they can take home.
BAKE SALE AND BOOK SALE ALL DAY