Up With Trees Inspired to Re-envision Program Outreach by Trees Forever

Urban and Community Forestry/Green Infrastructure Up With Trees Inspired to Re-envision Program Outreach by Trees Forever By Matt Spitsen | October 17, 2018 This year, Alliance for Community Trees hosted a mentor exchange program for members through a grant from the U.S. Forest Service. The mentor exchange program paired smaller non-profit groups with larger groups and allowed them to learn by travelling to their location and doing a site visit. Guest post by Steve Grantham, Executive Director, Up With Trees Before the Mentor Exchange, I had never been to Iowa. Everything I knew about the Hawkeye State had come from following the Iowa Caucuses, watching The Music Man, and being a fan of Big Ten football (GO BLUE!). Three days in and around Cedar Rapids gave me a newfound respect and love for the state, the people, and the mission of my host, Trees Forever. If you ever have the chance to sit across from and talk to Trees Forever’s Executive Director Shannon Ramsey, do..
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Garden Year 2018: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly  by  Scott Beuerlein

Well, what with the recent screeching turn in the weather, it’s beginning to feel like the 2018 gardening season is wrapping up. Moreover, I just spent a few days organizing my photos from the year, which reminded me of all I saw, did, and didn’t do. Therefore, seems to me it’s as good a time as any to review Garden Year 2018. Things that Made Me Whoop Removal of perfectly attractive, incredibly healthy evergreen barberries. There are only so many times your hands can be pierced by 2-3” barbs the likes of hypodermic needles before something drastic has to happen. Whirlwinding through Plant Delights Nursery, Duke Gardens, NC Arboretum, JC Raulston, and the Biltmore in the face of a hurricane. Great horticulture, and good food and drink too. Tours of Chicago gardens before that. Of nurseries and gardens in Delaware since. Good year for seeing cool things. Further infatuation with pollinators, and more and more even other insects. Monarda. Never really paid much attention to them bef..
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