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NDSU Plant Sciences opens registration for arboretum event

The event includes walking tours, presentations and demonstrations.

The North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences will host an educational event and tour called Branch Out: The NDSU Arboretum Experience at the Dale E. Herman Research Arboretum on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

The 35-acre arboretum is tucked into the countryside between Absaraka and Amenia, North Dakota. The arboretum contains the largest collection of trees and shrubs in North Dakota with over 5,000 species, cultivars and other selections.

“The event is a rare opportunity to tour the research arboretum,” says Todd West, professor and director of the NDSU Woody Plant Improvement Program. “Our primary purpose is to evaluate, select and introduce new trees and shrubs for the harsh northern climate and the variable soils of the northern Great Plains.”

This year, the event will spotlight the spread of the invasive insect, emerald ash borer, into western Minnesota.

“The recent discovery of emerald ash borer in Moorhead, Minnesota, is a game changer for us,” says Esther McGinnis, NDSU Extension horticulturist. “We need to be prepared for its eventual spread into North Dakota. This event will feature experts who will discuss the ramifications for the region, how to identify infested trees and preventative measures.”

Todd West along with his research specialist, Connor Hagemeyer, will offer two separate walking tours. West will lead a walking tour to highlight well-adapted trees to plant instead of ash trees that are susceptible to emerald ash borer. Hagemeyer will lead a tour that features flowering trees to add color to the landscape.

In addition to tree tours, presentations and demonstrations will include myths behind home garden remedies and keystone pollinator species for pollinators and garden diversity.

Special learning stations will engage participants on subjects such as pollinator conservation, research and beekeeping. NDSU Extension Master Gardeners will be on hand to diagnose plant problems. Registrants are welcome to bring photos and samples for diagnosis.

Preregistration will be required. Registration is $15 and the event can host 75 participants. A hearty mid-afternoon snack is included in the fee. Registration will close at noon on Sept. 6 or when capacity is reached. No refunds will be provided for this event unless it is cancelled by the organizer.

To view the event schedule and to register: ndsu.ag/branchout

NDSU Agriculture Communication – Aug. 15, 2023

Source: Esther McGinnis, 701-231-7971, esther.mcginnis@ndsu.edu

Editor: Monica Stensland, 701-231-7881, monica.stensland@ndsu.edu

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