Adult Programs

Tree Care for Homeowners (online and in person)

Trees need attention and care throughout the year. Register for the two-day option (online session with in-person tour) or the one-day option (online session only).

Content Detail

Find out how to care for the trees in your home landscape. Just like shrubs and perennials, trees need attention and care throughout the year. This no-nonsense class covers the essential knowledge every homeowner should have about their trees.

Here’s what you will learn: 

  • Get best practices for watering, feeding, mulching, and pruning;
  • Learn how to avoid problems with pests, diseases, and more;
  • Find out what signs to look for so you can treat problems in time. 

Planning to plant a new tree? You’ll find out

  • How to pick out the best tree at the nursery;
  • How to choose the right kind of tree for your landscape;
  • Considerations for choosing the best location for a new planting;
  • Proper planting techniques.

You have two registration options:

  • Attend just the online Zoom session (Section B) on Thursday, April 21.  
  • Or, attend the live Zoom session on Thursday AND join your instructor for an in-person tour on Saturday, April 23 (Section A). This tour will visit the Arboretum’s Gateway to Tree Science. Walk along a wood-chipped path to see good tree care in action, and learn what happens when things go wrong. Get the knowledge you need to keep your trees looking good and living a long, healthy life. 

How do I access the online program?

  • A link to join the program will be included in the Order Summary email you receive after registering. Keep this email handy!
  • Click on the link at the scheduled date and time. 

COVID-19 Precautions: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s safety guidelines.


  • A portion of this program takes place on  Zoom. You will need access to the internet via a computer or mobile device to participate. 
  • Registrants will receive a Zoom link by email. To ensure you receive the link, please add to your address book. Click on the link to join the program at the scheduled date and time.
  • This program will be recorded and available for a limited time to registered participants. 
  • Limit 25

Beth Botts, senior writer, The Morton Arboretum

Beth Botts has written hundreds of articles about gardens and nature for publications, including the Chicago Tribune, and magazines including Organic Gardening, American Gardener, Country Gardens, and Chicagoland Gardening. For nearly 10 years, she has been a staff writer for The Morton Arboretum, providing its weekly gardening and tree care column in the Chicago Tribune. Raised on the South Side of Chicago by an organic gardener, she now gardens in deep shade on the north side of a four-story apartment building. Her website is


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