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Trees are an essential and beautiful part of any healthy landscape, and they bring a multitude of benefits to homeowners (and the broader community!). According to USDA Forest Service, healthy, mature trees add an average of 10% to a property’s value while also bringing improvements in water quality and reductions in runoff and soil erosion. In this course, Janine Lester, landscape designer and consulting arborist, will help homeowners and anyone who cares about trees learn more about trees and how to care for them. Topics discussed will include the benefits of trees, how to select quality trees, how to plant them and how to prune them.

Fees: Member $120, Non-Member $144

All programs are subject to change. Pre-registration through our website is required.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden strives to be a Garden for all and we are committed to offering diverse adult learning opportunities that are inclusive and accessible to all learners. If you would like to request an accommodation to support your participation in an adult learning opportunity at the Garden, please contact [email protected] or call 804-262-9887 x328 and we will make our best effort to help.

Register Member $120

Register Non-Member $144

Saturday, January 13, 2024 - Saturday, February 17, 2024
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Event Details

This course takes place over 6 Saturdays from 9 – 11:00 am:

  • January 13
  • January 20
  • January 27
  • February 3
  • February 10
  • February 17

Janine LesterAbout the Instructor

Janine Lester is a landscape designer and consulting arborist in Richmond, Virginia. She is a Board-Certified Master Arborist, Municipal Specialist, and Qualified Tree Risk Assessor. She holds a degree in Horticulture and is the only female Board-Certified Master Arborist in Virginia. Janine recently retired from the Urban Forestry Division in the City of Richmond, where she reviewed land development plans, and permits for the planting, pruning, and removal of Richmond’s public tree assets. She served on the Board of Directors of the ISA, the Urban Forestry Commission in the City of Richmond, and as education chair of the Richmond Tree Stewards from 2012 – 2021. She holds memberships in many professional organizations, including the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA), Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA), Society of Commercial Arborists (SCA), the Arboricultural Research and Education Academy (AREA), and the Arbor Day Foundation, among others. Janine enjoys talking to groups about landscape issues, conducting training workshops, and offers landscape consulting services throughout Virginia.