August 5, 2010
1:00 – 2:00pm EDT
Trees in the landscape might be most famous for their fall foliage, but thoughtful planting can produce multiple seasons of interest. In addition to leaf color, other features like bark, limbs, fruit, flowers, scent, and overall form contribute to the visual appeal of trees. Many features become noticeable only in winter, after leaves have fallen and exposed the bark and branch structure underneath. Some trees retain their fruit through the winter, some flower in the summer, and many blossom in the spring. Carefully selecting the trees for your landscape with an eye to seasonal characteristics can help ensure that the trees will attract people’s attention and appreciation exactly when they’re supposed to.
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.
Edith Makra, Community Trees Advocate, The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL)
Located on the Valparaiso moraine and bisected by the East Branch of the DuPage River, The Morton Arboretum is planned and planted to nurture and display trees and shrubs in environments conducive to their growth. Its 1,700 acres hold collections of more than 4,000 kinds of trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world. The collections are designed for both enjoyment and educational purposes. Plants are selected for their ability to perform well in Northern Illinois’ challenging climate of hot summers and freezing cold winters, as well as for their adaptation to our soils. The collections represent a diversity of plants from around the world and here in the U.S.
Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Tree features that maintain visual interest throughout the year.
* Fostering appreciation for plants year-round.
* Selecting plants to complement seasonal public usage of your planting site.
* How seasonal beauty of trees can help with public outreach and perception of trees.
* How to highlight unique trees in the landscape for maximum effect.
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.