All About Trees

Enjoy a lineup of informative programs about trees, all leading up to a juried Art Gallery Show running for three months beginning December, 2019. Register for programs below by clicking on the various titles, or click HERE. [Series Poster] [Newspaper Article]

"The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more." - Ralph Waldo Emerson  

Most programs are held at the Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 S. Main Street, West Hartford, Connecticut. Series funding provided by the Thomas F. Kilfoil Memorial Bequest.

- Learn from UConn's Dr. Carl A. Salsedo about which varieties of Connecticut’s native trees may work best in your surroundings. Connecticut’s native trees have evolved over thousands of years, and they are good sustainable choices for landscaping. They are also beneficial for insects, butterflies, and other pollinators, while providing habitat (food and shelter) for native wildlife. And native trees also increase our carbon footprint. All of this, while being beautiful and often requiring little maintenance. REGISTER HERE - All who register will be put in a drawing to win a copy of the beautifully illustrated book, "The Hidden Life of Trees" - must be present on May 30 to win. 

• June 6 (Thur.) 2019 at 7:00PM - INSPIRING A LOVE OF TREES: TIPS AND TOOLS FOR CELEBRATING TREES - Learn about tree-centered activities from the award winning national Project Learning Tree program. Presenters are Emma Kravet, Education Director for Connecticut Forest & Park Association and the State Coordinator for the national Project Learning Tree program, and Beth Bernard, Director at the James L. Goodwin Conservation Center in Hampton, Connecticut.

• August 7 (Wed.) 2019 at 7:00PM - THE POETRY OF TREES - Poems about trees will be shared and discussed with Roderick Waterman, adjunct instructor in the English Department at Central Connecticut State University.  Click HERE for a selection of poems to be discussed.

• September 26 (Thur.) 2019 at 7:00PM - TREES IN ART - How trees have been depicted by artists over time with examples (slides) from the permanent collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut.

• October 4 (Fri.) 2019 at 4:00PM - DRAWING TREES WITH KAREN ISRAEL - Class is full. 

• October 5 (Sat.) 2019 at 10:30AM - WALKING TOUR WITH ARBORIST JOHN KEHOE - Tree identification tour with John Kehoe, arborist at the University of Connecticut, and formerly the City Forester for the City of Hartford. Approximately 2 hours. This tour is co-sponsored by the John P. Webster Library, First Church, West Hartford. [PDF Flyer]

• October 17 (Thur.) 2019 at 7:00PM - NOTABLE TREES WITH FRANK KAPUTA - Established in 1985, the Notable Trees project collects and distributes information about Connecticut's largest and most historic trees, both native and introduced. Frank Kaputa, co-chair of the project, will share the history of the project, along with details regarding identifying and measuring trees. This visual presentation will show images and information about Connecticut's largest trees, as well as highlighting West Hartford’s notable trees.

• November 18 (Mon.) 2019 at 7:00PM - ONE WORLD LECTURE: THE NOT-SO-SECRET LIFE OF TREES -  There has always been a fascination with the idea that trees can be more than just static members of the landscape. This theme repeatedly emerges in pop-culture and is present in contemporary books, films and movies. Are trees sentient; do they feel, smell, hear, remember, communicate? What does the current science tell us about how trees interact with each other and other organisms in the landscape. And what does it mean for the trees in our forests, yards, and landscapes. Presented by Dr. Marlyse Duguid, Lecturer & Research Scientist, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

• December 3, 2019 - February 28, 2020 - TREES OF WEST HARTFORD GALLERY SHOW - A juried community art show at the Noah Webster Library Gallery, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford, Connecticut. Co-sponsored by the WeHa Artists Emporium. 

PARKING: There is ample library parking in the nearby Isham Garage. Please bypass the garage payment kiosks and come directly to the lecture in the Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, where you may validate your parking with your license plate number.

Newspaper article about Trees of West Hartford.

More rooting for trees:

A Day in the Life of Trees (The New Yorker)
West Hartford's Amazing White Oak Tree (Hartford Courant)
Frequently Asked Questions About West Hartford Trees (Patch.com)
How Trees Talk to Each Other (TED video)
The Ruthless Side of Forests: Fungi (Quanta magazine)

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