Adult Opportunities

Garden Walk: Healthy Plants, Happy Gardens

Explore the scenic grounds of The Morton Arboretum and learn how to keep your plants healthy all season long.

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Enjoy an outdoor walking tour with Stephanie Adams, PhD, the Arboretum’s plant health care leader. As you stroll through the garden, you will learn to help plants thrive by understanding the signs and symptoms of plant stress, including pests, diseases, and conditions such as drought or soil issues.

As you walk, your instructor will:

  • point out signs that insects and other pests, diseases, or environmental conditions are impacting plants,
  • share ways to keep pests and diseases at bay through prevention, monitoring, and intervening when issues arise
  • recommend plant selection and care strategies for a healthy garden.

Plant health changes as the season progresses, so each session is an opportunity to identify the signs of the pests and diseases active at that time. Sign up for one or both to learn how to care for your garden all season long.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Stephanie Adams, PhD, plant health care leader, The Morton Arboretum

Age: 16 and older

Course number: H340


Stephanie Adams, PhD, plant health care leader, The Morton Arboretum

Stephanie Adams draws on her expertise in botany and plant pathology (the study of plant diseases) in her role as the Arboretum’s plant health care leader. Adams has devoted her career to developing a deep understanding of plant health and plant protection across the fields of arboriculture, urban forestry, and horticulture. Her areas of expertise include diagnosing pests, understanding physiological changes in trees in response to disease, tool sanitation efficacy, and alternative fungicide use in plants susceptible to fungal foliar problems.

What to Know

This program meets outdoors. Check the forecast and dress for the weather.

Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and plan to walk more than a mile on uneven terrain.

Materials for taking notes in the field are recommended; a hand lens may come in handy if you have one available.

Program Schedule

Section A: Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Section B: Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

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