Saturday, September 15, 2012


Now that summer activites are winding down, we are pleased to welcome 30 local artists for a SHOW AND SALE to CELEBRATE NATURE! The Opening Reception will be on Sunday Sept 23rd from 1-4 PM at the Visitors Center at 16 Maple Ave.Slingerlands, NY. The art works will remain at the Center though the month of October and all are invited to come during the usual "open hours" of 10 - 4 on Saturdays and Sundays. I will try for some pictures soon... Come and enjoy the art work and the property in this beautiful and "cooler" season .

Friday, September 14, 2012


August Madness at Pine Hollow Arboretum

On August 26th, forty-six Fort Orange Wine Society (FOWS) members and friends took part in Dr. John’s summer excitement at Pine Hollow's Maple Avenue office building - and $4500 was donated to Pine Hollow Arboretum from the proceeds and silent auction! It wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of John and Kay Abbuhl, David and Susan Pratt, and the FOWS folk who worked with them.

Additionally FOWS members donated wines valued at more than a thousand dollars for the silent auction where only one wine sold below its value price! Successful bidders were generous and went home with some outstanding wines.

FOWS members Maura Gannon and Jim Linnan of Taste donated the delicious food, and Julie and Sami of their banquet staff provided quiet, friendly, and professional service.

Ralph Bonavist of Allstar Wine and Spirits in Latham donated a case of bodacious bubbly to help slake the thirst of a warm day, and four more wines provided the conversational lubricant. (If you want the tasting notes, contact Stu Horn at

If you missed it you missed a terrific afternoon: beautiful weather; Dr. John’s inimitable Arboretum walking tour; wonderful contemporary music by two talented musicians; but most of all the relaxed camaraderie of FOWS people enjoying themselves for a most worthy cause.

write-up by Stu Horn

wine awaits bids

Dr. John Abbuhl 

Photos from Fort Orange Wine Society Event
August 26, 2012

Sunday, September 9, 2012


We had a great summer at the Arboretum! Here is a summary of some of our activities and accomplishments
• Thanks to being recipients of grant funds, we developed an educational curriculum that allowed us to partner with the local school district to bring elementary students onsite to teach them about our unique collection of trees.

• Thanks to a significant donation, we hired a SUNY Environmental Science intern who worked onsite for 8 weeks. Some of her projects included: studying the biodiversity of the property, creating and displaying new signage, continuing our efforts to label all of our trees, managing our Facebook page and helping to create a letterboxing (scavenger hunt) series.

• The Breathing Room Yoga Studio held yoga classes at the Visitor’s Center and in the metaseqouia field. What fun!!

• The Rootdrinker Institute and Delmar Writers Group held a series of poetry readings at the Visitor’s Center.

• We created a letterboxing (outdoor scavenger hunt) series. You can find our letterbox clues on

Fall is a beautiful time to visit the arboretum. We hope you will come and enjoy the property. With the lack of rain over the summer, the leaves are expected to change color earlier than usual. We will keep you posted on when this starts to happen