Urban Forestry Strategies: Linking People and Landscapes

June 6, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm, World Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon

Keynote speaker Dr. Kathleen Wolf launches the conference, which focuses on the human dimensions of urban forestry. Sessions include current research findings and practical applications for research within successful urban forestry programs in the Pacific Northwest.

Follow this link to the conference flyer. Register online or call 503-874-8263 for more information.

City of Vancouver TreeTalk Workshops

A series of free educational workshops all about trees hosted by Vancouver Urban Forestry.

Heritage Tree Bike Ride
Tuesday, June 11, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Esther Short Park, W 6th & Columbia, Vancouver, Washington

Visit some of Vancouver’s most celebrated trees on an enjoyable, 4-mile guided bike ride. The flat, easy bike route begins and ends at Esther Short Park, winding through historic downtown Vancouver. Stop to admire the Heritage Trees whose legacies connect us all to the proud past of our region. Urban Forestry staff will discuss historical and arboricultural significance of each tree while leading the tour. Bike helmets required. Please RSVP to 360-487-8308 or email: City of Vancouver Urban Forestry

Tree Prune-a-Palooza
Tuesday, June 18, 5:30 pm, Carter Park, W 33rd & Columbia, Vancouver, Washington

Join Friends of Trees and Vancouver Urban Forestry for fun tree care by bike! The route will meander through the Carter Park and Lincoln neighborhoods to check on trees planted with Friends of Trees over the past five years. We will focus on young tree care, including weeding, mulching, and structural pruning of trees that will shade our bike routes. Helmets required. Questions and RSVP to IanB@friendsoftrees.org or 360-487-8327.

Do these workshops sound interesting but want more? Then join the 2013 NeighborWoods Steward training, a seven week series of classroom and hands-on workshops all about trees.

Call 360-487-8308 or send an email to register.

☆  Webinar — Riparian Tree Planting for Healthy Watersheds

June 20, 2013, 1:00–2:00 pm EDT [10:00 am PDT]

As communities shoulder greater concern over water resources in urban areas, preserving natural buffer zones is a top priority. Riparian tree planting programs can help address pollution, erosion, flooding, water temperature, and litter issues along river banks. While riparian tree planting can pose challenges, and methods and conditions vary for each city, the outcome is clear: trees are critical for healthy watersheds.

Register here.

☆  Plant Amnesty Classes – Seattle area

Master Pruner Series: Trees 2
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 10:00 am – noon, Sand Point Magnuson Park; Building 406 (The Brig)

A How-To class for pruning trees (not fruit or nut trees). How to prune a tree limb, how to find the branch collar, pruning of young and mature trees, pruning standards, crown restoration, and the basics of tree risk assessment will be covered. Taught by Cass Turnbull. Fee: $20 for the general public; $15 for PlantAmnesty members, $5 for horticulture college students and native Spanish speakers. No pre-registration necessary. Contact PlantAmnesty or call 206-783-9813

Hands-On Pruning Class in Spanish
Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm,  203 Market St, Kirkland, WA

The Washington Association of Landscape Professionals (WALP) is offering a Pruning and Renovation Workshop, a portion of which will be in Spanish as well as in English.

This four-hour course offers a rare opportunity to first learn and then apply pruning and renovation skills to a public park in Kirkland. The day begins with a PowerPoint presentation by Cass Turnbull, local pruning guru, on how to determine the habit of any given tree or shrub and then prune accordingly. Also covered will be creative solutions to common maintenance problems. Following the indoor instruction, attendees will move outside and break into small groups. Each group will be led by its own instructor who will demonstrate techniques of pruning. The outdoor practicum is offered in Spanish, as well as English. Does not include lunch. $45 for WALP members; $75 for nonmembers. For more information: Call WALP for more info or to register — 425-967-0729

Master Pruner Series: Difficult Plants to Prune
Sunday, July 14, 2013, 10:00 am – noon, Sand Point Magnuson Park; Building 406 (The Brig)

This class teaches how to prune rhododendron, hydrangea, Callicarpa (beautyberry), Viburnum bodnantense and abelia. Included in this class are basic pruning techniques, common pruning mistakes and corrective pruning. Taught by Cass Turnbull. Fee: $20 for the general public; $15 for PlantAmnesty members, $5 for horticulture college students and native Spanish speakers. No pre-registration necessary. Contact PlantAmnesty or call 206-783-9813

Fruit Tree Field Day
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, King County

First, in a morning lecture, an expert in the field will cover the basics of fruit-tree pruning. The lecture is followed by an afternoon of live fruit-tree pruning demonstrations in small groups. This workshop will take place at a to-be-determined site in the Seattle area. Contact PlantAmnesty or call 206-783-9813

Master Pruner Series: How to Prune and Renovate the Overgrown Garden
Sunday, September 08, 2013, 10:00 am – noon, Sand Point Magnuson Park; Building 406 (The Brig)

PlantAmnesty’s most popular class, an introductory class on pruning and landscape renovation. Taught by Cass Turnbull.  Fee: $20 for the general public; $15 for PlantAmnesty members, $5 for horticulture college students and native Spanish speakers. No pre-registration necessary. Contact PlantAmnesty or call 206-783-9813

Pruning and Garden Renovation Workshop
Saturday, September 14, 2013, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, King County

Renovation Workshops are a popular hands-on all-day event that features a rare 3:1 student-teacher ratio and real-world experience. Pruning and creative solutions for the overgrown garden will be taught as an entire yard is renovated during the class. The day begins with a lecture followed by hands-on experience out in the yard. Topics discussed will be pruning, transplanting, and landscape maintenance. The group will move through an overgrown landscape while on-the-spot evaluations of plants and demonstrations of pruning are given. Workshop participants will then cycle between jobs to learn what the landscape has to offer. Location: TBD. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $75 (PlantAmnesty members) or $85 (non-members); price includes a 2-hour pruning DVD and handouts. Contact PlantAmnesty or call 206-783-9813

Pruning and Garden Renovation Workshop — In Spanish
Friday, October 11, 2013, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm,  King County

The same type of renovation workshop as described above, but in Spanish. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $40 (PlantAmnesty members) or $45 (non-members); price includes a 2-hour pruning DVD and handouts. Contact PlantAmnesty or call 206-783-9813

First 20 registrants take the class for FREE!

Master Pruner Series: Tools
Sunday, October 13, 2013, 10:00 am – noon, Sand Point Magnuson Park; Building 406 (The Brig)

Professional gardeners bring their pruning and gardening tools for this popular show and tell class. Common and uncommon tools will be featured, as will their care and sources for purchase. Bring your favorite tools that you have questions about. Taught by Cass Turnbull. Fee: $20 for the general public; $15 for PlantAmnesty members, $5 for horticulture college students and native Spanish speakers. No pre-registration necessary. Contact PlantAmnesty or call 206-783-9813.

Master Pruner Series: Pruning Art or Pruning Atrocity?
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 10:00 am – noon, Sand Point Magnuson Park; Building 406 (The Brig)

Class covers the three main forms of mal-pruning: tree topping, inappropriate shearing of trees and shrubs, and over thinning. We compare and contrast mal-pruning with bona fide examples of pruning art: pollarding, cloud pruning, topiary, pleaching, and coppicing. Class ends on a humorous note with photos of the Good, the Bad, and the Bizarre. Taught by Cass Turnbull. Fee: $20 for the general public; $15 for PlantAmnesty members, $5 for horticulture college students and native Spanish speakers. No pre-registration is necessary. Contact PlantAmnesty or call 206-783-9813

 

☆  Seeking Urban Forestry Awards nominations

If you know deserving individuals, organizations, community groups, or businesses that deserve recognition, please consider nominating them for the Washington Community Forestry Council’s Urban and Community Forestry Awards. Efforts that are voluntary (or above and beyond typical job duties and expectations), show leadership, or are highly innovative, will receive priority recognition.

For more information and to find the nomination form, follow this link

☆  The Washington Arboriculture Exchange Program — apply now!

The Washington Arboriculture Exchange Program helps people exchange urban forestry expertise, management ideas, and technology through direct onsite experiences working with municipal arborists. It is designed for individuals interested in or responsible for developing or expanding an urban and community forestry program in their community, including planners, public works and parks managers, and tree board members.

Select this link for more information