Cutting edge information about tree care issues will be presented during an informative workshop at the Oklahoma Botanical Garden and Arboretum Educational Building at Stillwater, OK.

Slated Sept. 5, the workshop is geared toward arborists, nursery professionals, urban foresters, landscape managers, landscape architects, related professionals and advanced hobbyists, said Mike Schnelle, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension ornamental/floriculture specialist.

"The information presented at this workshop will be the latest, cutting-edge information available," Schnelle said. "We will learn about tree care issues that will help keep the green industry professionals apprised of the latest industry practices."

Registration is $40 and the deadline is Aug. 30. If space is available after Aug. 30, individuals may register with a $55 fee. Student registration is $15 before the deadline and $25 after the deadline. OBGA members and Extension educators may register for $25. The cost will be $40 after Aug. 30. The registration fee includes lunch.

"The care practices that will be covered during the workshop are applicable to all varieties of trees suitable to Oklahoma's climate and growing conditions," Schnelle said.

Brian Olson, plant disease diagnostician with the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at OSU will kick off the workshop with an update on tree disease.

Chris Starbuck, associate professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia, will be on hand to share his expertise in planting bare root trees in mid-summer using the Missouri Gravel Bed.

Certified arborist Don Massey, Tulsa, will present his findings in diagnosis and solutions to abiotic problems in the urban forest.

Carrie Tomlinson, of Stillwater City Forester, is the luncheon keynote speaker.

Steve Davies, owner of Little River Trees, Inc, in Norman, OK, will talk about tree preservation possibilities.

Ken Preaus, a certified arborist with Preaus Landscape in Tulsa, OK, will cover air spade applications.

"Later during the workshop participants will take part in a tour of Boomer Lake to explore various efforts to use trees in a recreational landscape," Schnelle said. "Overall, this group of professionals we have gathered for this workshop will provide a wide variety of vital information for those attending."

For more information about the workshop, contact Stephanie Larimer at (405) 744-5404 or email at steph@okstate.edu.

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