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Adult Opportunities

Plant Health Care Walking Tour (in person)

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

Content Detail

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 on our grounds,
  • strategies for integrated management of pests and diseases,
  • plant selection and care strategies to help prevent pest and disease issues.

Each session will feature the pests and diseases active at that time. Sign up for one or both to learn about emerging pest and disease issue through the season.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Stephanie Adams

Health and Safety: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s health and safety guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change, so please check back frequently.

Age: 16 and older


Stephanie Adams, 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: Saturday, May 20, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to noon

Section B: Saturday, June 10, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to noon

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