Morton Arboretum offers workshop on Selection and Monitoring of Urban Trees

Too many times a tree is selected for a site only to fail a few years down the road. Why?
The Morton Arboretum is offering a two-day workshop this summer for urban forestry professionals to answer that question.
Sign up for one session or all four, and improve your long-term results by choosing strong contenders for your urban sites.

Selection and Monitoring of Urban Trees
Wednesday, July 12, and Thursday, July 13, 2017
Morning Sessions: 8:30 a.m. to noon
Afternoon Sessions: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center
Day 1 Schedule
Speaker: Michael Yanny, propagator and owner, JN Plant Selections, LLC
Morning Session

The Selection and Evaluation of New Tree Species and Cultivars
See trees from the perspective of a propagator so you can make informed decisions and purchase the right plants for your site:
• Understand the thought process that goes into selecting new cultivars of ornamental plants for introduction into commerce
• Gain an understanding of the production pipeline for trees in the U.S. and how this relates to your success as urban foresters.
• Learn how trialing is done at Johnson’s Nursery to determine what should be grown in production quantities.
• Hear some of the speaker’s preferred trees and why they perform well in urban environments
Building Relationships with Nurseries
• Learn how to establish a successful relationship with a nursery so you can get the stock that’s right for your site.
• Find out what questions to ask a nursery to ensure the plants you get will thrive on your site.
Lunch break (Noon to 1 p.m.)

Afternoon Session

Tram Tour: Top Performers for Urban Environments
See and discuss the qualities of 10 to 15 top performers for urban environments.

Day 2 Schedule
Speaker: Rex Bastian, The Care of Trees
Morning Session

Evaluating Tree Health
A tree’s success can hinge on the ability to anticipate the issues it may face in the short term and down the road. In this presentation, you will learn to:
• Consider the many factors that can impact a tree’s success.
• Look at how those considerations may change throughout a tree’s life stages
• Evaluate options to prevent or manage potential issues.
• Respond to issues we can’t anticipate.
Lunch break (Noon to 1 p.m.)

Afternoon Session

Tree-Monitoring Programs that Work for You
Setting up a tree-monitoring program can be a challenge for many organizations or municipalities. What is realistic, considering the time and resources available to your team? Learn how to prioritize needs and perform inspections to get actionable results.
Selection and Monitoring of Urban Trees
Wednesday, July 12, and Thursday, July 13, 2017
Morning Sessions: 8:30 a.m. to noon
Afternoon Sessions: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Click here to register !

About the Speakers
Michael Yanny is the owner of JN Plant Selections, LLC, where he develops and introduces new woody ornamental plants, with an emphasis on tough, hardy materials for cold regions of the world. Yanny was the plant propagator at Johnson’s Nursery, Inc. in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, for thirty years and Senior Horticulturist from 2011 through 2016. He learned many of his propagation and plant selection skills while working with the late Herbert F. Trautman of Trautman Nurseries in Franksville, Wisconsin.

Rex Bastian joined The Care of Trees in 1989 after receiving his Ph.D. from Iowa State University, majoring in entomology. He is a regional technical advisor with the Davey Tree Expert Company/The Care of Trees, with emphasis on education and training, public relations, and diagnostics. He is an International Society of Arboriculture Board Certified Master Arborist and serves on the ISA Board Certified Master Arborist Test Committee.

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