Adult Programs

Plant Health Care Walking Tour (in person)

Learn to recognize and interpret the signs and symptoms of pests, diseases, and environmental conditions on plant health.

Content Detail

Learn to recognize and interpret the signs and symptoms of pests, diseases, and environmental conditions on plant health.  On this outdoor walking tour, explore the scenic grounds of The Morton Arboretum with Dr. Stephanie Adams, the Arboretum’s plant health care leader. The tour will cover:

  • Visible indicators that seasonal insects and other pests, plant diseases, or environmental conditions are impacting plants
  • Strategies for integrated management of pests and diseases
  • Plant selection and care strategies to help prevent pest and disease issues.

This program is rain or shine and will cover several miles over wood-chipped trails and uneven terrain. Each month’s walk will feature the pests and diseases active at that time. 

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

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Held entirely outdoors. Plan to walk 3 miles over wood-chipped trails and uneven terrain. Limit 20

Supplies:

This program will take place rain or shine. Please dress for the weather, bring water and a snack, and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes for extended walking. Materials for taking notes in the field are recommended; a hand lens may come in handy if you have one available.

Continuing Education:

An application for ISA CEUs has been submitted for this program. 

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

Stephanie Adams draws on her expertise in botany and forest conservation in her role as the Arboretum’s plant health care leader. Stephanie 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.

 

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