After the Storm: Protecting Our Trees

The Redding Garden Club is sponsoring a series of three free community lectures about our trees, the threats they face, and how to protect them.

Did Irene and Albert leave you with a costly mess? I’m referring, of course, to the tropical storm and Nor’easter that hit this area hard last fall. They were especially damaging to local trees. In response to these events, the Redding Garden Club is sponsoring a series of three free community lectures about the value of our trees, the threats they face, and how to protect them.

In case you didn't know, the Redding Garden Club is a proud leader in conservation education. I'm a big fan (and past president).

Most of us ended up with tree damage from the storms. I lost five trees, including a much-loved Thundercloud Plum that just couldn't make it through the night. (What's your tree story? Leave a comment and let me know.)

Come to the Redding Garden's Club series on Trees. Find out how to protect our trees and preserve their beauty. Admission is free (and so are the snacks). Here are the details:

Sunday February 12
"Trees: Protecting Our Natural Assets"
Are trees located on private property the responsibility of the individual homeowner? What if a trees is obstructing a sight line; can you be asked to trim it back? Find out from Redding’s Deputy Tree Warden, Sean McNamara, who will explain his role, the town’s responsibilities and our rights and responsibilities as homeowners. Sunday February 12, 2:30 pm. Redding Community Center.

Thursday, March 8
“Healthy Trees = Healthy Environment”
Chris Donnelly, of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, will give us a broader view of the state of trees in our region, and what we can do to help support a healthy ecosystem. Thursday March 8, 7:30 pm. Mark Twain Library.

Sunday, March 18
“After the Storm: Tree Management for the Homeowner”
Rounding out the series will be Tom Reiner from The Care of Trees. Tom will discuss how to evaluate and protect our own trees and the value of our landscapes. Sunday March 18, 3:00 pm. Redding Community Center.

All are welcome. :)

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Melanie Goldstine February 10, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I'm looking forward to hearing what NOT to plant. I noticed four bradford pears in town got hit hard (now they are mostly trunk). Are there stronger trees I could plant? What are they? I lost a 24 year old red maple, I woke up to find three of the five main leaders broken. There was no way to save it. If I replace it, I would like to know what would be a good substitute. Melanie


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