Women’s tree conference set for Parksville

There’s lots to know before you plunk that tree in the ground

PARKSVILLE — There’s a whole lot more that goes into growing healthy trees than digging a hole, plugging in a root ball and hoping for the best. That’s why Tigh-Na-Mara Resort is holding their first ever Women’s Arboriculture Conference from March 21 to 23.

The event is an inter-disciplinary forum addressing trees and their place in the world and will feature speakers and delegates who are arborists, foresters, horticulturists, landscape architects and designers, land planners and managers and master gardeners. Together, the team will discuss a wide variety of tree-related issues. Conference speakers include Dr. Kathleen Wolf, Dr. Nancy Turner, Dr. Brenda Callan, Sheila Flint, Susan Murray, Karen Cummins, and Tracy Ferreira. Between them they span the breadth of tree professionals — an arborist, a scientist, a horticulturalist, an urban forester, a landscape architect, an ethnoecologist, a municipal manager, a master gardener and an award-winning author of a volume discussing people’s relationship with trees.

On Wed., March 21, at 6:30 p.m. Teresa Kishkan will read from her book, Mnemonic – a book of trees, on the subject of the leafy groves of memory.

For details or to register, contact Verna Mumby at 250-39-6591 or visit www.tigh-na-mara.com.