Talking about trees

Beckie Fox

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American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)

We have a special appreciation for the University of Guelph Arboretum in Ontario. Several of the native trees and shrubs in our backyard came from plant sales held at the arboretum. The trees we purchased at the arboretum were no more than a couple of feet tall when they went in, but established quickly. Although our yard is relatively small, we’ve added more than two dozen trees purchased at different plant sales and nurseries over the 20 years we’ve gardened here as a way to provide natural habitats and create biodiversity.

American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)
One of the trees from a previous sale at the arboretum we planted is American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana), chosen for its fall colour and sinewy grey bark.

The arboretum is hosting a virtual talk on Sept. 9 by Suzanne Simard, a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia, who studies mycorrhizal fungi networks in forests. She will present a talk for the arboretum on her new book, Finding the Mother Tree.

For the link to register for the Zoom webinar, please see the event listing on our website. There is also virtual plant sale auction this year at the arboretum, tentatively running from Sept. 3 to 12. More information here.

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  1. Do you know if Dr. Simard has published anything about how to plan a home vegetable garden to take advantage of interconnected-ness.? There’s a few words about this in “Finding the Mother Tree”, but it’s now time for me to created my layout for the summer of 2022, and I’d like to try something that would take advantage of the principles she discovered. I could use more detailed guidance.

    Thanks, Chris Riddle.


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