Tree Care Conference set for Oct. 3
Gardeners looking for innovative information regarding proper tree care should plan to attend the Tree Care Conference hosted by Oklahoma State University's Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.
The conference is slated Oct. 3 at the Wes Watkins Center on the OSU campus in Stillwater and is geared toward arborists, nursery professionals, urban foresters, landscape managers, landscape architects, Master Gardeners, related professionals and advanced hobbyists.
The information offered at the conference will be the latest, research-based information available, said Mike Schnelle, OSU Cooperative Extension ornamental floriculture specialist.
"Some of the best industry professionals will be on hand to share their expertise in the various lectures during the event," Schnelle said. "The information given will be applicable to all varieties of trees that are suitable to Oklahoma's climate and growing conditions, as well as surrounding states that have similar climate and growing conditions."
Registration is $80 and must be postmarked by Sept. 24. Extension educators, Master Gardeners, The Botanic Garden at OSU members and students (with student ID) may pre-register at the discounted rate of $60. No late or day of registration will be accepted. Seating is limited and early registration is encouraged. The registration fee includes lunch.
The lectures will be taught by OSU faculty as well as industry professionals. Jen Olson, assistant Extension specialist at OSU, will share her expertise about landscape plant health and preventative disease management. Other speakers will include Bill Long, Southern Tree Preservation, who will provide information regarding Arborist Service Day 2012; Mark Bays, urban forester, who will speak to the group about Oklahoma's forest, past, present and future; as well as other lecturers. Schnelle also will speak to the group about selecting trees for Oklahoma.
"There will be many other provocative concepts offered in a short period of time," Schnelle said. "The group we have assembled to share their expertise guarantees that participants will go home with sound and practical advice."