George Landis Arboretum

We are excited to share an article written by Fred Breglia, Executive Director of the Landis Arboretum, a neighboring organization that shares MHLC’s conservation goals and interests. MHLC is collaborating with the Arboretum to introduce our audiences to other local conservation leaders.

George Landis Arboretum:  Who We Are
Fred Breglia, Executive Director and ISA Certified Arborist

fred bregliaFred Breglia has served the Landis Arboretum for over 15 years, first as Director of Horticulture and Operations and as Executive Director since 2010. He earned degrees in Landscape Development and Plant Science/Horticulture from SUNY Cobleskill. He is an ISA certified arborist with over 25 years in the green industry. He is a popular speaker on tree- and garden-related topics throughout the Capital Region and is a regular guest on WAMC’s “Vox Pop” broadcasts on gardening. Fred lives in a converted grange hall in Glen, NY, with his wife Erin and sons Fred and Michael.

The Landis Arboretum, located in Esperance NY, is looking forward to collaborating with the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy.  Our mutual environmental values will strengthen our efforts to conserve our area’s valuable natural resources.  We begin this joint effort by sharing articles with each other’s newsletters, focusing on topics that might be of interest to our collective membership. 

Landis Arboretum is a public garden comprising hundreds of acres overlooking the historic Schoharie Valley.  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, Lape’s goal was to grow every species of woody plant from the world’s temperate regions  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 12 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 is a seasonal favorite. Interpretive signage aids visitors in their enjoyment and understanding of the collections and ecosystems of the Arboretum.  

As one of only three arboreta in eastern North America with old growth forests as well as holding a collection of nationally recognized Northeast oaks, the Landis Arboretum is a role model for its conservation efforts in New York’s Capital Region and a valuable community resource regarding horticultural practices, up-to-date invasive pest and disease issues affecting plants, and plant health care.

For additional information about the Landis Arboretum as well as a listing of workshops and events, please visit the Arboretum’s website, 



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