Species Selection- Part I: Nursery Selection

July 15, 2010
1:00 – 2:00pm EDT
National Webcast
Tree selection does not end with choosing the appropriate species or cultivar for the planting site. Suitable nursery stock must be chosen based on planting site conditions and intended aftercare, which should dictate maximum tree size at planting, root ball characteristics, appropriate tree production method, and tree structure. Choosing good quality tree stock is about increased survival rates, quicker establishment, and better integration with the landscape. Especially in places subject to heavy wind, rain, and snow, choosing good quality tree stock reduces the likelihood of failure from structural defects.

Downloadable Resource:
Species Selection Resource List
Greg Paige, Arboretum Curator, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory Arboretum (Charlotte, NC)
Situated on a rolling 350 acres of property in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories is home to an incredible and diverse arboretum. This unique collection of plants serves as a research grounds and outdoor classroom. Arboretum Curator, Greg Paige, has a long and diverse career working in public horticulture for over 20 years, including time at multiple arboreta, botanical gardens, and nursery and landscaping businesses.
Barrett Robinson, VP of Horticulture and Construction, New York Restoration Project (New York, NY)
As Vice President of Horticulture and Construction for the New York Restoration Project, Barrett is responsible for managing the design process for the organization’s 55 community gardens and individual park renovation projects, working with renowned landscape architects and designers from across the country. He oversees the procurement of all horticultural and construction materials and selects landscape contractors for NYRP’s capital and MillionTreesNYC-affiliated projects. Barrett has extensive experience in garden design and the landscaping services industry, have worked with a number of companies in different cities and states.
Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Advantages of selecting quality trees.
* Selecting a quality nursery.
* Methods of inspecting nursery stock.
* Quality factors for evaluating trees.
* Working with nursery staff.
About the Webcast Series
The Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ bimonthly webcast series held at the lunch hour and made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.
The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.