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2019 6th Annual Tree Diversity Conference

 

To protect our urban forests, which are threatened by pests and pathogens, a greater variety of tree species is necessary.

 

For our sixth annual conference we will continue to explore the relationships between landscape design, horticultural practices and the use of a greater variety of tree species.

 

Between them, our speakers this year boast an extravagant depth of experience ranging from worldwide plant exploration to landscape and garden design, promotion of new plant materials, administration of some of our country's most noted horticultural conferences and institutions and hands-on experience with plant testing and data collection.

 

Public $80, includes all programming and lunch

$70 Promo, includes all programming and lunch

*Promotional price available to all Members of Colorado Tree Coalition

 

Symposium will be held at Denver Botanic Gardens in Mitchell Hall.

 

Speaker Lineup

 

The History of America's Urban Forests

Dr. Jill Jonnes

Dr. Jonnes surveys the long sweep of arboreal history in our cities and towns dating back to our nation's founding and continuing to our present-day foresters and researchers who are advocating for the importance of trees as our most important green infrastructure.

 

Jill Jonnes earned her doctorate in American History at Johns Hopkins University. She was the founder of the non-profit Baltimore Tree Trust and most recently is the author of "Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape."

 

 

Tree Research on the Great Plains

Dr. Jason Griffin

Dr. Griffin discusses developments at the John C. Pair Horticultural Center in Wichita, Kansas, focusing on the testing of new woody plants in a climate not unlike that of our Rocky Mountain Front Range. He also speaks about the legacy of Dr. John C. Pair and the notable horticultural advances he carried out at the research center later named for him.

 

Jason Griffin has been the Director of the John C. Pair Horticultural Center, a unit of Kansas State University in Haysville, Kansas since he completed his doctoral studies in Horticultural Science and Plant Physiology at North Carolina State University in 2002.

 

 

Updates on Regional Species Diversity Augmentation

Kathleen Alexander and Michael Swanson

Urban forestry professionals from Denver and Boulder describe the status of tree species diversification in their communities, with emphasis on innovative species selection during the past five years and how those plants have thus far adapted to our challenging environment.

 

Kathleen Alexander has been with Boulder Forestry for 21 years, the last 10 as City Forester. She received her B.S. in Forest Biology and M.S. in Forest Management from Colorado State University and has been active in the ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter.

 

Michael Swanson has been with Denver Forestry for 18 years, the last 13 as Forestry Superintendent. Mike is an ISA-certified arborist and has volunteered extensively with the Colorado Tree Coalition and the ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter.

 

 

 

Exploring Trees of the Arid Southwest

Adam Black

Adam Black is the Horticultural Director of Peckerwood Gardens in Hempstead, Texas. Peckerwood Garden is a collection of more than 3,000 plants including many rarities; it is a conservation garden containing examples of numerous threatened species, many of which are no longer found in the wild. Previously he was the manager of the forest pathology and entomology laboratories at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.

 

Adam is a plant explorer who has sought out outstanding forms of native American trees in the Southwest, many of which have great potential to grow in Colorado.

 

Lecture - Maya Medicine: Traditional Healing in Yucatan, Mexico

 

In Mexican villages it s common to hear the only remaining herbalist or midwife state that they are the last one in their village still practicing their art and working with plants. Most don t have apprentices and almost never does the younger generation choose to carry on their ancestral healing traditions. It is the elders who are sought to share their medicine knowledge. Jose Feliciano Ake Kinil is an exception. He is a third-generation, young but practiced, Maya healer and student who has made it his life s work to follow the rich traditions of the medicine people, herbalists and healers of the Yucatan. Jose shares specific information on the ethnobotanical uses of plants of the Yucatan peninsula, stories of growing up in a traditional Maya family that never lost these traditions and what it has been like to follow the life path that he has chosen or as the elders say, the life path that has chosen him. This is a unique perspective that has not been shared before.

 

José Feliciano Ake Kinil is a third generation, young but practiced, Maya healer and student who has made it his life s work to follow the rich traditions of the medicine people, herbalists and healers of the Yucatan. At eight years old, he started collecting medicinal plants in the jungle with his grandfather and mother, preparing traditional remedies and assisting them in their healing work. His first language is Maya and his second language is Spanish.

Shelley Torgove (as facilitator and translator) has been practicing and teaching both western herbal medicine and traditional healing practices in Denver for 25 years. She spent 10 years as the only apprentice and close friend of Jose s father, Daniel Pool Pech, who passed in 2016. Shelley has been a bridge both between father and son and between cultures. She currently teaches a women s herbal and ethnobotanical medicine program in Denver through Artemisia & Rue and leads herbal adventures to the Yucatan.

 

 

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

 

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no identification required.

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens mission, of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a series designed to push the boundaries of horticulture practices and redefine your understanding of art and gardens. We hope to spark your creativity, and broaden your scope in the understanding of gardens as art.

Lecture - The Artisan Vegetable Garden for the Home Chef

 

If the heirloom tomato movement has taught us anything it's that variety matters, and the answer isn’t always to choose the heirloom variety over a newer hybrid. The new home chef appreciates education, varieties and methods. Matt introduces us to brand new cultural methods, as well as new tips and tricks on how to outsmart pests and master challenging crops. Best of all, participants leave with a long list of new and old varieties to try that will elevate the garden and delight the home chef.

 

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

6:00 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

 

 

Matt Mattus is an American plantsman , author and plant collector. While most know Matt as the author of the award-winning gardening blog Growing with Plants (which has been featured in the pages of Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes and Gardens and House Beautiful). Matt is also the past president of the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) and a member of many plant societies.

 

His latest book, Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening (2019) examines both common and uncommon vegetables worthy for the home gardener. Rich with cultural tips, and professional advice for all levels of gardeners, the book is also a visual gem with hundreds of photos all taken by Matt.

 

Matt lives in Worcester, Massachusetts with his partner Joseph Philip, three Irish Terriers, rare poultry, fancy canaries and homing pigeons.

 

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