8:00 am Sign In
9:00 am

Patrick Anderson, RTSA & Dr. Todd Beasley, Horticulture Directory DSBG

9:10 am

Benefits of Tree Inventories
Elizabeth Dierickx, Plan-It Geo & Brian Gray, Schneider Shrub and Tree Care

We live in an age of increasing pressure to maximize profits, efficiency, and the need for visualization to communicate with clients and partners. Brian and Elizabeth will introduce GIS tools available specifically designed for the urban forestry industry and demonstrate the practical use by arborists in their day to day

10:00 am

New and Different Specimens for the Landscape
Dr. Todd Beasley, Horticulture Directory DSBG

This presentation will discuss upcoming plant species for a diversified landscape, in addition to under-utilized species for landscapes and gardens.

11:00 am

Can Urban Forests Take the Heat?
Dr. Steve Frank, NC State University

In this program we will discuss how the urban heat island effect and
impervious surface cover affects tree stress and pest infestations. We will present new tools for planners and planters to use when selecting the right tree for the right place in their landscape.

12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm

Plant Growth Regulator Talk/Panel Discussion
Presentations and Q/A from Landscape Companies and Tree Care Companies utilizing PGRs in their daily business

2:00 pm

Field Demonstrations
Capturing Tree Inventory Data, Equipment for applying PGRs to Trees and Shrubs, Spray Rig Operation/Maintenance/Safety/etc.

3:30 pm Wrap-up and CEUs


Speaker Bios

Todd Beasley:
Todd Beasley is the Director of Horticulture and Facilities for Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, where he is responsible for formal displays, including more than 12 acres of perennial gardens, season displays and the Orchid Conservatory. Prior to DSBG, he was Interim Director of Programs and Vice President for the San Antonio (TX.) Botanical Garden. Previously, he served 10 years as an environmental science teacher at Heathwood Hall in Columbia, SC and 5 years as Nursery and Greenhouse Production Manager at the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden also in Columbia, S.C.
He has doctorate of education from the University of South Carolina and a Master’s Degree in Earth and Environmental Resource Management.

While at Heathwood Hall, he was credited with writing the proposal that brought the 2016 National Children & Youth Garden Symposium of the American Horticultural Society to Columbia, SC.

Elizabeth Dierickx:
Elizabeth holds a bachelor’s of Agricultural Science in Urban Forestry from Western Illinois University and Associates of Applied Science in Arboriculture from Northeast Iowa Community College. She is an ISA Certified Arborist and past membership chair for the Wisconsin Arborist Association Board of Directors.  At Plan-It Geo, Elizabeth raises awareness of our software and services by working with government, nonprofit, and private entities. She has previous experience in communications, training, education & outreach, project management, and grant administration with the WI DNR Urban Forestry Program.

Dr. Steve Frank:
Steve Frank is a professor and extension specialist in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University. The goal of his research program is to understand how urban habitats affect tree stress and pest infestations. With this information he develops IPM tactics to reduce pest infestations and pesticide applications.

Brian Gray:
Brian is the Tree and Shrub Care Manager for Schneider Tree Care in Taylors, SC. He dabbled in Bible and Criminal Justice courses at Bob Jones University, but ultimately decided that the outdoors were for him! He is a CTSP and a TRAQ Certified Arborist and handles everything from tree appraisals, high risk tree assessments, and commercial tree inventories. In his spare time he likes to run, mountain bike, and do F3, as well as help grow tree and shrub care! He has been married for 8 years and has two daughters and a pomeranian named Melvin.


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