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TreeFest Celebrates the Benefits of Trees
Sunday November 8, 2015
Homeowners, outdoor enthusiasts – in fact, anyone who lives and breathes on our planet –
will find a forest of information at TreeFest about the economic and environmental benefits
trees provide. Learn from arborists, foresters and nursery specialists under the historic
autumnal canopy in Sumner County.
Gates open at noon – $5
Arboretum tour at 12:30 with current steward Robin Macy.
Speakers in the Depot
1:30 Barney Barnhard – ICTrees
Reforesting Wichita's Urban Canopy - understanding the dramatic loss and what you can do
as a homeowner
2:00 Bob Neier - Harvest Gardens & retired Sedgwick County Extension Specialist
Fall is for fertilizing trees. Learn all about the hows, whys and whens – with special
emphasis on the treatment for iron chlorosis.
3:00 Tim McDonnell, KSU Forestry & Dr. Jason Griffin
The best guys to talk about the best trees for arid and varied Kansas landscapes
4:00 Tree Tunes
A short house concert (in depot) with Robin Macy and Kentucky White
4:30 Tree planting in memory of Greg McHenry
Hillside Nursery will be here with these hardy Kansas trees for sale:
Swamp White oak
In addition, arborists from Ernstmann Tree Care will be up in tall trees, demonstrating
aerial rescue and pruning techniques throughout the afternoon.
Jaime Green's lyrical documentary ventures up the garden paths and down the Euphrates Creek,
exploring how this 100-year-old wood made it into our lives today. This short film was underwritten by
the Kansas Humanities Council as part of
initiative Kansans Tell Their Stories for the state's 150th anniversary.
Located 20 miles south of Wichita, the century-old, historic Bartlett Arboretum is
home to massive cypress, oaks and champion Japanese maples. For nearly 100 years
many generations of Kansans have enjoyed this unique sanctuary once touted as "the
only mature arboretum between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains."
In 1910 Dr. Walter Bartlett, a general practitioner from Belle Plaine, purchased
about 40 acres of pastureland along a winding stream called the Euphrates Creek.
A consummate naturalist, Dr. Bartlett collected waterfowl and minerals, but the
hobby that continued throughout his lifetime and into a second century and a
fourth generation was his passion for horticulture and his varied collection of
trees. In the 1930s the arboretum became an approved government testing ground;
the Department of Agriculture sent plants and trees from all over the world to
Belle Plaine to see if they could be grown locally. In 1926 the first Tulip
Festival was held at the arboretum and it was open each year until 1942 when
World War II made it impossible to get help or import bulbs. In celebration of
the 1961 Kansas State Centennial the garden was again open to the public and
then closed officially for good in the mid-1990s.
In its mature state the arboretum has great educational value. Each year many
students of botany visit the grounds. But mostly it remains a haven for wildlife,
artists, nature and bird lovers, brides and grooms. The Bartlett Arboretum is
privately owned and is not endowed or subsidized. Current steward Robin Macy and
her volunteers are in the process of restoring the grounds, rebuilding bridges,
removing dead and diseased plant material and trees in an effort to preserve
this favorite retreat. Although the property is no longer open daily to the
public, Ms. Macy makes the gardens available for educational purposes, concerts
on the lawn and for private functions.