Montgomery Botanical Gardens Offers Trees and Shrubbery Class in March

The Montgomery Botanical Gardens will present Trees and Shrubbery: Backyard Wildlife Habitat at 10:00 am, on Saturday,  March 9 in the Wisdom Wood outdoor classroom at Oak Park.

The class, which will be taught by the City of Montgomery Urban Forester Russell Stringer, will offer tips on the types of trees and shrubs that thrive in our southern climate. Participants will learn how to plant, the types of soil amendments needed, and how to care for trees and shrubs.          

Mr. Stringer became the city’s Urban Forester in 2004. He manages the city’s urban forest, which includes keeping an inventory of city trees, administering and enforcing the city’s landscape ordinance and tree ordinance, permitting and oversight of tree work on public right-of-way and private property, including work done by private tree companies as well as public utilities, protection of trees in historic districts and the installation and management of new trees on city property.

A graduate of Auburn University, Mr. Stringer received his Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Resources. He is an Alabama Registered Forester as well as an ISA Certified Arborist and  Municipal Specialist. He is a board member of the Alabama Urban Forestry Association, Alabama Invasive Plant Council, Lagoon Park Trails, Montgomery Trees, and Legacy Partners in Environmental Education.

Seating is furnished in the Outdoor Classroom, but participants are encouraged to bring folding chairs for comfort. Montgomery Botanical Gardens classes scheduled for upcoming months include Physical Therapy for Gardeners on Saturday, April 13; Capturing Beauty in Garden Photography, on Saturday, May 11; and Attracting Pollinators, on Saturday, June 8. Classes will be held at 10:00 am in the outdoor classroom.

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