Two Guys Talk Trees” Certified arborists Guy LeBlanc and Jon Ogden discuss how to care for existing native trees in our landscapes. Topics include routine maintenance as well as tree pathology.

Guy LeBlanc is a second generation arborist who began his career in the mid-1970’s. He’s cared for trees in several states and on historical properties in Hawaii and Europe. Guy has owned and operated Arbor Vitae Tree Care here in Austin since 1983. Guy has provided tree care education for homeowners, college students, and professional arborists. Texas A&M University, Texas Forest Service, and the International Society of Arboriculture have sponsored his classes. Guy has also authored many articles on tree care for local, national, and international publications. He’s a former chairman of the City of Austin’s Urban Forestry Board.

Jon Ogden (along with Guy) was among the first 17 arborists to be certified in Texas. He has 28 years’ experience in tree care, consultation, and climbing. Clients have included he Capitol Annex, TXDOT, Seton Healthcare, First Unitarian Church, and numerous homeowners. A long-time member of the International Society of Arboriculture, Jon has completed over 275 hours of advanced coursework. For a time he served as the consulting arborist for the City of Rollingwood. Jon created guidelines for managing trees on city property and wrote educational materials. For 20 years, he’s been a small scale grower of less common native plant species. Jon is a Master Naturalist and has been a long-time member of the Austin NPSOT chapter.

The May 19, 2015 meeting 7-9 PM will take place in the administration building of the Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2601 Exposition Blvd., Austin, TX 78703. The administration building is on the southeast corner of Greenlee and Exposition. There is parking in the garage, which also has an elevator. You can enter the garage from Greenlee; look for the signs leading you to the second-floor meeting room. Arrive at 6:30 PM for snacks and seed exchange.

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