Celebrate Arbor Day

National Arbor Day is April 30, 2021. While in years past this was a time for volunteer opportunities and community events for all ages, current CDC recommendations for COVID-19 make this year very different. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate!

The spirit of Arbor Day is still strong.  Click here National Arbor Day to find resources and ideas that will help you rally your community around trees this spring.

New Hanover County is celebrating Arbor Day the week of March 15 to 21.

We will be celebrating this day on a Saturday when we will be hosting a three hour virtual workshop dealing with the topic of trees. 

This event is free to the membership of the Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum, Inc., and currently certified New Hanover County Master Gardeners. 

The fee for the general public is $15.00.  Register here

Workshop Title:  TREES TALK

Schedule of Presenters:    

9:00 a.m. Welcome by Carolyn Thomas, FOA President 

9:10 a.m.  Nancy Ash

10:15 a.m.  Richard Johnson

11:00 a.m.  Basil Camu

Quiz Game to conclude the workshop

Presenter Biographies:

Nancy Ash (Ash's Japanese Maple Nursery)

Nancy and her husband Tom have been in the nursery business for 37 years.  Her presentation will discuss how to take care of the Japanese Maple tree:  how to select a maple tree; how to maintain it in terms of cultural practices and disease management; and, the pruning style for uprights and dissectums.  They have created a distinguished pruning style known as "BONSAI" for shaping the Japanese maple trees.  Also, unique to their approach is the fact that they grown their trees in the ground vs. in large containers.

Richard Johnson

Owner, Penderlea Farms

Title:  On Preserving North Carolina's Heritage Live Oaks

Richard Johnson is a new farmer with an old love for the natural world. In this presentation he will give a brief overview of how his farm is raising the next generation of heritage live oaks -- grown from North Carolina acorns and in North Carolina soil -- and why he believes that matters. He will talk also about his partnership with Airlie Garden, Fort Fisher, NCDOT and other organizations who are caretakers to some of South Eastern North Carolina's finest examples of pre-European Live Oak trees.

Basil Camu

Owner, Leaf & Limb Tree Service, Raleigh, NC

Check out this news brief on Basil's Company

He is the keynote speaker and his topic is general tree care.  He is a great speaker and extremely passionate about educating people on the proper tree care to preserve our planet.

Quiz Game   

(following the presentations)

We have a challenge for you. Are you a trivia genius? We have put together some fiendishly difficult tree-themed questions on everything from history to movie/tv actors. Don’t be intimidated if you are not an expert! You are guaranteed to have fun and be challenged. 

This quiz is purely for fun, so there'll be no prizes or marked answer sheets. In between presentations there will be a random drawing to win a prize.  The prize winner will come from the list of registrants for the event.

What does the Latin word ‘arboretum’ mean?

A. Woodland glade

B. Ancient field

C. Group of trees near water

D. Place with trees

Sign Up Registration

If you are an existing member of the Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum, Inc. and/or a member of the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association there is no charge for attendance at this series of presentations.  When you fill out the event form please leave the guest field blank (unless you are inviting a guest to attend).

If you are not a member of either above organization then when you fill out the event form make sure you enter the number of guests that will be in attendance (including yourself).  The fee for the general public is $15 per person.

This special event includes a fun trivia quiz and fantastic giveaways.  Register today!

When you fill out the form, make sure you include your email address so that we can send you the ZOOM link to connect to the presentations by our speakers.



"Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum" is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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