Tree and Shrub Identification Workshop

November 19, 2021 ID Basics webinar and in person plant walk on either November 20, 2021 or November 27, 2021

Registration Deadline: November 8, 2021 - 12:00AM

Contact: Isabel Branstrom

Join us as we learn how to identify trees and shrubs in this two-part series.

Cost: $25.00 per participant 

Part 1: Tree and Shrub Identification Basics
Friday, Nov. 19, 2021
4 - 7 p.m. ET
This portion will be presented online via ZOOM 

Learning woody plants' unique family characteristics will provide you with easy-to-remember techniques that you can apply when identifying them in the landscape. Whether viewing majestic trees or smaller specimens, you will learn some easy clues to help you identify many types of common woody plants. And, by increasing your knowledge of terminology and basic traits for each genus, it becomes more straightforward for easy and accurate identification. Using recorded videos of tree and shrub specimen, MSU Extension Senior Horticulture Educator, Rebecca Finneran, will demonstrate the entire process of identification from beginning to end. The basic skills you learn in this session will be used during the second part of this series.

Part 2: Tree and Shrub Identification Walk
Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET


Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET
This portion will be presented in person at the Ingham County Fairgrounds Community Hall 
and will include a plant walk at Rayner Park (next to the fairgrounds) in Mason, MI

Put your skills to the test and join MSU Extension Horticulture Educator, Isabel Branstrom, for some interactive plant identification. We will focus on identifying common trees in Michigan using their bark, buds and twigs. Each participant will receive a copy of “Winter Tree Finder: A Manual for Identifying Deciduous Trees in Winter." Please dress appropriately for the weather. Masks are required when indoors.

Scholarships (5) to cover the cost of the event are available to those with financial hardship. Applicants will be asked to write a short paragraph about why they should be awarded this scholarship and how they plan to use and share the information learned. Responses will be reviewed as they come in.

MSU Extension Master Gardener attendees will earn continuing education hours for attending this program.

Registration for this event has closed.

Tags: home gardening, home trees & shrubs, msu extension

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