‘Tree Selection for Any Condition’

Date(s) - Thursday, Apr 04, 2019
1:00 pm

Draves Arboretum


Dr. Nina Bassuk, professor and program leader of the Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell University for the past 38 years, will speak on “Tree Selection for Any Condition” at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at Draves Arboretum, 1821 Sharrick Rd., Darien.

The first part of the presentation will be in a classroom setting, then the group will be move outside to the arboretum grounds.

Admission is $45. Pre-register by contacting the Arboretum at 585-547-9442 or dravesarboretum@rochester.rr.com.

The presentation will look at the question: What is the best urban tree? There are many common trees that are preferentially grown in cities worldwide. In the eastern United States, maples (Acer spp.) make up about 40 percent of the urban tree population. In Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, lindens (Tilia spp.) make up a very large percent of the urban tree population. The problem with growing just a few tried and true species is that if they become susceptible to an insect or disease (and inevitably there is always some new insect or disease!), the demise of these trees causes an enormous negative effect on the urban landscape. Moreover, tree planting sites are subject to microclimates and soil disturbance caused by buildings and paved surfaces and the aftereffects of urban development. With a combination of knowledgeable site assessment, soil remediation strategies and appropriate plant selection, we can make the best choices for thriving plants in any site.

CNLP, DEC, and ISA credits apply to this class.

Dr. Bassuk is co-author of Trees in the Urban Landscape, a text for landscape architects and horticultural practitioners on establishing trees in disturbed and urban landscapes.

She has been  a member of the New York State Urban Forestry Council and has authored more than 100 papers on the physiological problems of plants growing in urban environments, including improved plant selections for difficult sites, soil modification including the development of “CU-Structural Soil” and improved transplanting technology.

She works closely with municipalities to help implement best practices in urban forestry management and developed the Student Weekend Arborist Team to inventory public trees in communities in New York State.

She co-teaches a course at Cornell University titled “Creating the Urban Eden,” which integrates the woody plant identification and use with landscape establishment techniques for difficult urban sites.

She is a frequent invited speaker at national conferences and workshops and recently received the Alex Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education from the International Society of Arboriculture.