Dr. Benfield will take attendees through the three acres of gardens in the Singapore airport, the arid gardens of Australia, the tropical gardens of the Seychelles (home of the love nut!), the Canary Islands, the beautiful English country gardens of his home country, and finishes with unique gardens in the United States and Canada. In total, the journey covers 80 gardens in seven continents.
This event will be live-streamed on Darien Library's YouTube Page.
About the Presenter
Dr. Richard W. Benfield is Emeritus Professor of Geography at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut where he teaches courses in Human Geography, Plants, Predators and Parks, Russia, The European Union, and many of the courses in the department’s tourism track.
Prior to coming to Central, he was Senior Program Coordinator in the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Oklahoma where he instructed citizens of the new Russian Federation on privatization and the transition to a market economy. He obtained his doctorate in geography from the University of Oklahoma in 1998.
His current research interests are in biogeography, particularly garden tourism, and the use of tourism as a conservation tool through the great botanic gardens of the world.
He has also published extensively and spoken widely on the geography of Floriculture. In total he has travelled in over 115 countries and seen the botanic gardens and other private gardens in just about them all.