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Finding a Perfect Match: Right Tree for the Right Place
September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A tree is an investment that gives back in benefits for decades. But with hundreds of trees to choose from, how do you decide which is best for your location? At this FREE workshop you will be guided through the process of selecting a tree that will thrive on your property. We’ll go through the decision making process looking at some of these questions:
- Do I want shade, privacy, spring flowers, fall colours or winter interest?
- Do I want to attract songbirds?
- Is the soil dry or is it damp?
- How close can my tree be to the house or power lines?
- What’s the best time to plant and prune?
- How do I take care of it once it’s been planted?
Brian Geerts will provide an overview of the Cambridge’s Urban Forest Plan, Canopy Study, and how the City, your neighbours, and you benefit from participating in the Backyard Tree Planting Program. Adele Pierre will follow with a talk about how to make informed tree investments and find the right fit to ensure a healthy and thriving tree for years to come.
Doors open at 6:30pm. Lecture starts at 7:00pm.
Brian Geerts | Manger of Forestry & Horticulture, City of Cambridge
Brian has a diploma in Ecosystem Management with a specialty in Arboriculture and is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration. He has worked in urban forestry and horticulture for the past twenty years, and resides south of Brantford along the Grand River. Brian navigated the City of Cambridge through recent forestry issues such as the Emerald Ash Borer response, a private property tree by-law, and an ice storm. He is also in demand as the lead on other issues in the City including responses to the opiod/homelessness crises. Contrary to popular wisdom, Brian can see both the trees and the forest at the same time.
Adele Pierre | Landscape Design & Tree Consultant, Reep Green Solutions
Landscape architect and ISA arborist, Adele Pierre leads an award winning design firm specializing in the creation of beautiful, low maintenance landscapes. Mindful of the effects of climate change on our natural systems, Adele incorporates native plantings in all projects to provide habitat for pollinators, build healthy soils and manage rainwater. As an arborist her particular concern is the health of urban trees, working with architects, engineers and planners to incorporate hardy species of trees in city plantings.
Along with her husband, a musician and woodworker, she enjoys country life on 2 acres in Haldimand County with a large vegetable garden, laying hens, honey bees and an extensive collection of native flowering shrubs and perennials to feed the bees. Their honey, mead and honey beer are spectacular.
This workshop is brought to you in partnership with the City of Cambridge to provide an enhanced appreciate of our Urban Forest. This workshop is a companion to a subsidized residential tree planting pilot from Reep Green Solutions.
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