Friday, April 19, 2013

Directors College Event: The Business of Blooms - Garden Tourism

On Wednesday, April 24, Dr. Richard Benfield, Professor of Geography at Central Connecticut State University, will speak at the Farmington Libraries on garden tourism. His talk, “The Business of Blooms,” will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Farmington Main Library at 6 Monteith Drive.
Gardening is the preeminent outdoor activity in America today and visitation to gardens amongst the most popular tourist activities in the world. Thus flowers and gardens are the dominant characteristic of contemporary society. In a wide-ranging, lively and visually spectacular presentation of Gardens and Floriculture, Dr. Richard Benfield will explore the worlds of floriculture, gardens in art, garden visitation, garden festivals and the weird and wonderful world of gardens. Author of the upcoming book Garden Tourism and a speaker much in demand by garden clubs, national flower conventions and International Horticultural congresses, Dr. Benfield has studied gardens, flowers and festivals around the world for fifteen years and throughout 119 countries and is considered by many to be the number one authority on visitation to gardens.
The Director’s College is an ongoing series at the Farmington Libraries, the aim of which is to present interesting and intellectual programs for our community. These events strive to cover a wide range of areas including, but not limited to, professorial lectures, performing arts events, travelogues, and music series.
Advance registration is required for this program. Please call 860-673-6791 for details or register through the library’s web site at The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the main library at 6 Monteith Drive.
The Farmington Library is part of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association.  If you have special needs to attend library programs, contact the library in advance.