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Workshop: Reconnecting with Trees – A Path to Improved Health and Well Being

Mon, September 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, 132 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay,ME04537United States
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A Collaboration with Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Trees are essential for the health of our planet. They are akin to the lungs of the planet, breathing in carbon dioxide and breathing out oxygen. Trees provide beauty for humans as well as food and habitat for wildlife. Their shade keeps us cooler, and they provide ecosystem services which include intercepting ultraviolet light, absorbing rainfall, stabilizing soil, sequestering carbon, and reducing air pollution.

Additionally, a growing body of research confirms that trees are good for humans in many more ways.  Research conducted in both forests and under tree canopy in urban settings suggests that being around trees leads to reduced stress and anxiety, improved health, and increased creativity. Studies have shown that spending even short amounts of time in proximity to trees seems to benefit our immune systems. Other research documents lowered blood pressure and improved heart health after spending time around trees. Still other studies indicate that spending time in nature, and in particular time spent under and around trees, helps us to feel kinder toward others and can lead to reduced crime.

The common element of the varied research findings is that being out in nature, and around trees in particular, is good for our physical and mental health as well as social well-being.

With the combined value of trees, it is no surprise that they are significant structural components of any landscape setting, whether established trees or new landscape installations.

Join ELA, in collaboration with the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, to reconnect with trees. Tree experts will:

  • Discuss the ecological benefits of trees
  • Summarize holistic benefits of trees for human well-being
  • Present tips for the selection of particular tree species that serve as valuable components in landscape designs
  • Lead a guided field study of trees at Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens
  • Explain how to conduct a tree inventory assessment in an established landscape
  • Conduct a hands-on design charrette to explore design solutions that incorporate trees
  • Offer a walk led by a certified Forest Bathing Guide to relax and rejuvenate participants at the end of the day

Lunch is included with registration.

CEUs have been granted by APLD, ISA, LA CES, and NOFA. Additional CEUs are being sought for this workshop.

Purchase tickets below.

9:00-9:30            Registration
9:30-10:45           Chris Roddick – Presentation
10:50 – 11:50       Jeff Tarling– Presentation and Tree Tour
11:50-12:30          Lunch
12:30 – 1:30        Amanda Sloan – Presentation
1:40-2:30              Amanda Sloan and Chris Roddick – Design Charrette
2:30 -3:30            Introduction of Shinrin Yoku and Guided Forest Bathing Walk

Speaker Bios

Chris Roddick is an Arborist and Foreman of Grounds at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and a NOFA-Organic land care Professional. In the past 20 years Mr. Roddick and his team developed the botanic garden’s tree care program and established the BBG as a leader in Conservation Arboriculture and veteran tree care. He also helped lead the Garden’s move from a chemically-based IPM program to a more organic approach. Though the process of trial and error (much error) he has experimented with many different organic, cultural, and environmentally responsible methods and products to improve the garden’s soil and plant health.

Amanda Sloan, RLA, ASLA, is a Massachusetts-based landscape architect with more than 25 years of experience on ecological projects. She has worked with design firms both large and small, most recently on large public landscapes with BETA Group, Inc., a multi-disciplinary design firm. She specializes in parks, rain gardens, multi-use trails, and native plants.

Tracey Hall studied Environmental Science at University of Pennsylvania, Tracey is the environmental educator for the Boothbay Region Land Trust and a Certified Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. As an avid naturalist since childhood, she leads walks year-round throughout the Boothbay Region with the goal of connecting people to the outdoors.

Jeff Tarling has served as Portland, Maine’s City Arborist for 30 years, and in that capacity with the help from his small Parks and Recreation crew, together they care for almost 20,000 trees in what is known as ‘Forest City’. Resident of South Portland and a graduate of University of Southern Maine with a BS in Geography and Earth Science, Jeff has a personal interest and passion for the local environment and has witnessed the changes of urban forestry, particularly that of Deering Oaks Park that was designed by Frederick Law-Olmstead.


Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.

― John Muir


Mon, September 23, 2019
9:00 am EDT - 3:30 pm EDT
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Penny Lewis


Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay,ME04537United States
+ Google Map