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“Return of the American Elm” Lecture and Pruning Workshop

February 1, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sign up now for the Return of the American Elm lecture and pruning workshop!The Baltimore TreeKeepers program welcomes the first speaker in its new lecture series: Tom Zetterstrom, founding director of Elm Watch in New England and a nationally acclaimed fine arts photographer, film-maker, and recipient of the Public Awareness of Trees Award from the national Arbor Day Foundation.

In his talk, “Return of the American Elm,” Zetterstrom illustrates how this one iconic tree has connected people for hundreds of years, to the land and communities in which we live.  The presentation describes:

Elm History: Historic photographs, postcards, and documents reveal the civic prominence of the American elm in the Northeast and beyond in our early history, and the devastating post WW II loss to Dutch elm disease of a hundred million street trees nationwide.

Elm Preservation:  Zetterstrom discusses his work with Elm Watch and ways to strengthen and save our old Heritage Elms.

Elm Restoration: Zetterstrom considers the new disease tolerant American elms now being planted again on city streets, focusing on diverse cultivars, the right tree for the right place, planting techniques for large root zone trees, and designs for sustainable streetscapes, parks, campuses and roadsides.

Community Forestry: How cities can best promote appreciation and proper care of trees, increase the canopy, and incorporate green infrastructure to re-cast the built environment.

Speaker bio: Tom Zetterstrom is a much-in-demand speaker whose “Portraits of Trees” photographs are in the collections of three-dozen museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery and the J. Paul Getty Museum of Art.  His award winning work with Elm Watch has been recognized in national media including Garden Design, the Boston Globe, The New York Times, the Washington Post, Voice of America Television, Northeast Public Radio, and in two documentary films, including “The American Elm, Imperiled, Majestic, Renewed.”

Praise for Zetterstrom’s elm work:

“Tom is a wonderfully engaging speaker. He is passionate about his subject (trees in general but the elm is the star!) and has many practical ways to get a good community tree program going. He really inspired us to do our civic responsibility for creating a treescape. “ Program Chair, Garden Club of Darien

“As a photographer of trees and an activist in their protection Tom Zetterstrom has probably done more to promote their beauty and value than Joyce Kilmer.” New York Times, The Guide, November 12, 2000


February 1, 2014
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Vollmer Center

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