Saturday, October 24, 9:30 am – 12 noon – Assessing Tree Health and Structure

Dave Ropes, Consulting Arborist, Tree Specialists, Inc., will give a class at Garden in the Woods in Framingham in collaboration with the New England Wild Flower Society and the Arnold Arboretum on Saturday, October 24, from 9:30 am – 12 noon.  Proper tree care requires assessment of the entire tree system from roots to shoots. Learn how to properly assess a tree’s health and structure with techniques used by professional arborists. Learn which types of structural defects compromise the integrity of the tree and require attention, and which are merely aesthetic concerns. Study and evaluate tree foliage, twig growth, and the presence of pathogens and diseases. A classroom session will cover tree physiology and site conditions that relate to tree health, followed by a field session to look at a variety of trees at Garden in the Woods. Appropriate for landscape professionals as well as property owners who want to know how to decide what can be done and when to call a professional arborist.
Fee: $30 for Arnold Arboretum or NEWFS members, $36 nonmembers.  To register, log on to

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