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

September 23 @ 8:30 am EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

$60 - $75

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 are being sought for this workshop.

Purchase tickets below.


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


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

― John Muir


September 23
8:30 am EDT - 3:30 pm EDT
$60 - $75
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Penny Lewis


Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME 04537
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50 available
Member Ticket: Reconnecting With Trees$60.00Tree and design experts lead this tree workshop.

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50 available
Non-Member Ticket: Reconnecting With Trees$75.00Tree and design experts lead this tree workshop.

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