Learn at Lunch Program Walks and Talks: Arboretum of Utility-Friendly Trees
Venue: Hahn Horticulture Garden (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Event Types: Speaking Engagements
Cost: Free
Description:
The Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech continues their Learn at Lunch Walks and Talks series with "Arboretum of Utility-Friendly Trees" with Dr. Eric Wiseman, Associate Professor of Urban Forestry on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

Dr. Eric Wiseman will lead a tour of the Arboretum of Utility-Friendly Trees. Our arboretum is one of five arboreta located around the state that aim to educate the public about proper tree selection around overhead utility lines.

The idea for these arboreta came about in the late 1990s when Dr. Bonnie Appleton (deceased horticulture professor at Virginia Tech) partnered with utility companies and municipalities to address the ill-advised planting of oaks, pines, and maples underneath power lines by citizens. The arboreta feature an assortment of native and non-native trees that mature at a short height, tolerate tough growing environments, and are easy to plant and maintain. The arboretum located in the Hahn Horticulture Garden started with eight trees in 2005 and has steadily grown to over 50 specimens, all planted by Virginia Tech students.

All walks and talks are from noon to 1:00 pm on selected Wednesdays. All talks meet at the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion.

A parking pass is required for our visitor lot. Be sure to pick up a Visitor's Permit from Parking Services or the Virginia Tech Visitor's Center if attending an event in the garden during weekday business hours (M-F, 8-5).

Admission is free and all are welcome.

For more information, visit: http://www.hort.vt.edu/hhg/ or https://www.facebook.com/HahnHorticultureGarden or call 540-231-5970.
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