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.