Zoom Around the World in 80 Gardens with Dr. Richard Benfield
Time: 5:30 pm-6:45 pm
Dr. Richard W. Benfield is Emeritus Professor of Geography at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut where he taught courses in Human Geography, Plants, Predators and Parks, Russia, The European Union and many of the courses in the department’s tourism track.
Around the World in 80 gardens is the culmination of his career in tourism to the world’s great gardens. In this session, beginning in the lush gardens of the pacific, through South America and Europe to South East Asia and Australia he will show garden enthusiasts and laymen alike the different and unique gardens and floral kingdoms of the world. He will take attendees through the three acres of gardens in Singapore airport, the arid gardens of Australia and the tropical gardens of the Seychelles (home of the love nut!) and the Canary Islands and culminating in the beautiful English country gardens of his home country, finishing with the unique and different gardens in the United States and Canada … in total 80 gardens in seven continents.
In 2013 his best-selling book Garden Tourism was published by CABI Press, Abingdon, England and in 2020 a second edition, New Directions in Garden Tourism, was published by CABI. He is currently working on the nexus of Plants Predators and National Parks around the world.
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