MANCHESTER >> Speakers for Hildene's four-part series, "The Battenkill Valley: Reading the Natural Landscape," are bringing to life the 700-million-year evolution of the valley's "not so terra firma." Intriguing presentations on the valley's land, water, forests and soil began on March 5 and will take place in the Beckwith Room every other Saturday through April 16, 10 - 11 a.m.

The series continues on March 19 with hydrogeologist, consultant, and President of Lincoln Applied Geology Inc., Steve Revell. Revell will talk about the impact of water on the valley's landscape. He notes that, "The landscape does not evolve with water colors and canvas, it evolves in response to geology and geologic process driven by water, hydrogeology and the impacts of man."

Also on the 19th from noon to 2:00 pm, Hildene will host a free apple tree pruning demonstration by local arborist Joe Blair. Blair will focus on two forms of pruning: corrective pruning for ornamentals and pruning to increase productivity for apple-bearing trees. The U.V.M. Extension Service suggests that this is the best time of year for pruning fruit trees so the timing is opportune.

The next Battenkill Valley Series talk takes place on April 2, when attendees will look at the forest from the perspective of forester, Alan Calfee. The series concludes on April 16 with Hildene horticulturist, Andrea Luchini, digging up "the dirt" on soil. Consistent with Hildene's mission: Values into Action, the collective goal of the series presenters is to encourage a deeper appreciation of the natural world. Admission is $5. Hildene members are free.


For information on "The Battenkill Valley: Reading the Natural Landscape Series" and the Pruning Demonstration on March 19, visit, email or call 802.367.7960.