February 25, 2019 | Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator & Director of Outreach

Trees in autumn

You may not think you’re much of a tree aficionado, but try doing without fruit (apples, oranges, peaches, mangos—you name it) and nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews), or building a house and furniture without the benefit of trees.

Remove the trees from a city, and the heat island effect skyrockets—trees keep our cities cool and livable. A picnic under trees on a hot day is delightful—but move it into the sunshine and you sweat and will soon be packing.

And there is no end to the corollary benefits from trees which few people ever think of: Most mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of vast mycelia networks that are almost always co-dependent on (or symbiotic with) tree roots. No trees, no mushrooms! And let’s not even contemplate what happens to forest slopes that are deforested—whole mountainsides can slip into the ocean. And in a time when carbon dioxide-overload in the atmosphere should be everyone’s concern, there is no more powerful vehicle to sequester it than a tree.

To explore the issues around our urban forests, Denver Botanic Gardens co-hosts its sixth annual tree diversity symposium with the Chester Alter Arboretum of the University of Denver and other regional municipal arborist departments. The symposium encourages landscape designers, architects and homeowners to use a variety of tree types in landscapes to create a diverse, resilient and healthy tree canopy.

See the outstanding lineup of tree experts who bring the latest information on issues that impact the trees in your garden and our city, and how we can diversify and expand our urban forest canopy. Is there a better way for you to impact the future than to plant trees? Cast a positive shade on our future and sign up for this symposium!

6th Annual Tree Diversity Conference

Friday, March 8, 2019
8:30 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Lunch Included
Mitchell Hall

Learn more and register


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