AMHERST, Mass. — There will be a choice of two 2 1/2 hour walkabouts around the UMass campus guided by Professor Dirr, followed by a book signing of his new The Tree Book. Lunch is included with your registration.
For most people who work with trees, Dr. Michael Dirr needs no introduction. He is the author of numerous books on woody plants that have become staples on our desks. He also has some New England roots, as he earned his PhD from UMass. His fingers are always on the pulse of the nursery industry, scouting for new introductions, and having himself introduced 15 trees into commerce. He has established several arboreta, consults on tree selection, and has penned tree guides for many campuses. The green industry has tremendously benefited from his keen interest in evaluating trees and his enthusiasm to share it with us.
His new The Tree Book is the go-to reference to more than 2,400 species and cultivars, authored by two of the biggest names in horticulture—Michael A. Dirr and Keith S. Warren. The featured trees include those widely available in the nursery trade, some new and promising choices, and a selection of overlooked options that deserve renewed interest. Each tree profile includes the common and botanical names along with details on foliage; flowers, seeds, fruits, and cones; native range; adaptability; and popular uses in landscapes. The Tree Book is a must-have resource for landscapes architects, city foresters, horticulturists, and enthusiastic home gardeners.
Preregistration is required, as each walk will be limited to 30 participants.
The walkabout will be held rain or shine.
Sponsored by: UMass Extension, the UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and Eversource.
Proceeds will benefit the Stockbridge School of Agriculture.
–UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture
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