2-7-15 Sustainability Symposium at Cleveland Botanical Garden

On February 7, 2015 there will be an exiting symposium on the use and benefits of our great friends, Trees.

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Sustainability Symposium 2015: THE BENEFITS OF TREES

Saturday, February 7 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Joyce Kilmer had it right in his most famous poem, “I think that I shall never see, A poem lovely as a tree.” Trees provide us shade, food, shelter, and magnificence and it’s wise to stop and celebrate them once in a while. And as we begin our new and grander relationship with the Holden Arboretum it only makes sense to do so now.

Awaken from your winter slumber and join us for our 10th annual Sustainability Symposium where we’ll celebrate all things tree. We are very pleased to present Pete Nelson of Nelson Treehouse Supply and Treehouse Masters fame as our keynote for this milestone symposium.

Pete got excited about treehouses at age 5 when his dad built him a tiny one behind the garage of their Ridgewood, NJ home. The scope and size of Pete’s treehouse fantasies expanded from there. The 1994 publication of “Treehouses; The Art and Craft of Living Out on a Limb”, was the first book of its kind, and has culminated in the publication of five more books on the subject, a thriving treehouse building and supply company, a treehouse hotel, and a hit television series on Animal Planet.


For our symposium, Pete will share “A Different Perspective in the Trees,” with many examples of his creations and get you looking at trees from an alternate point of view.

Other presentations include:

Calculating Tree Benefits Jim Chatfield – Horticulture Specialist, The Ohio State University Extension Center in Wooster

Tree Planting 101: How We Affect Tree Mortality Jennifer Braman – Manager of Urban Forestry, City of Cleveland

Designing with Trees for Beauty and Sustainability Mary Ann Lasch, FASLA, LEED AP – Program Manager for Planning and Landscape Architecture, URS Corporation Shannon Forry, ASLA, LEED AP – Graduate Landscape Architect, URS Corporation

Edible Trees at the Garden Mark Hoover – Grounds Manager, the Botanical Garden

Assessing and Planning Urban Forests Chad Clink – Community Forester, the Arboretum

Restoration of Urban Greenspaces after Emerald Ash Borer Anand Persad, Ph.D. – Manager of Plant Sciences Research, Davey Tree Expert Company

Registration includes Garden admission, morning refreshments, lunch, access to exhibitors and resources, a book signing with Pete Nelson, and parking in the attached garage. Please register online or by calling 216.721.1600 x100.

Member: $95 Non-member: $115

The Sustainability Symposium is eligible for professional development continuing education credits, including:

4.5 PDH through the American Society of Landscape Architects

           4.5 CEUs for Certified Arborists and Municipal Specialsists, 3 CEUs for BCMA – Management, and 1.5 CEUs for BCMA – Practice through the Ohio Chapter International Society of Aboriculture

          5 total CEUs through the Association of Professional Landscape Designers

         1 OCNT training credit through the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association

        1 CEU for every hour of education received for Landscape Industry Certified individuals through the Professional Landcare Network.




3 thoughts on “2-7-15 Sustainability Symposium at Cleveland Botanical Garden

  1. Robert Martin

    We will be in attendance on Saturday. We also believe in the following quote sent to us by Mile Dirr from a Canadian farmer named Nelson Henderson. “The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
    Laurie & Robert Martin
    Martin’s Nursery Inc.

  2. Robert Martin

    We will be attending on Saturday. We also believe in the following quote sent to us by Mike Dirr from a Canadian farmer named Nelson Henderson. “The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” Plant America!
    Laurie & Robert Martin
    Martin’s Nursery, Inc.


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