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March 03, 2010
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Tree Festival Set For March 27 in Wichita

Tree Pioneer Award Will Recognize Work of Longtime City of Wichita Employee


WICHITA, Kan. -- The 9th Annual Tree Festival will be held at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center at 21st and Ridge in Wichita on Saturday, March 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


The event, sponsored by the Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardeners and K-State Research and Extension – Sedgwick County, will provide information on selecting, planting and maintaining trees no matter the location -- city or country. Admission is free.


The festival begins with pancakes and sausage served at 8 a.m. by Extension Master Gardeners at a cost of $4 per person.


The event will include the presentation of the Tree Pioneer Award, which recognizes the contributions of an individual who helped introduce trees that will thrive in our prairie climate. Timothy R. Martz will be recognized as the 2010 Tree Pioneer. During Tim’s 33-year career with the City of Wichita, he has worked from Gardener I to Superintendent of Park and Recreation. His favorite tree is the Chinese Pistache whose glorious autumn colors may be seen throughout the Wichita Parks and streets each fall.


Seminars throughout the festival will include topics for both the homeowner and commercial audience. Plant vendors from around the region will have trees and plants for sale.


In addition, the Kansas Grown! Farmers' Market will be open in the parking lot.


Tree Festival tours and seminars will include:

8:30 - Right Tree, Right Place – seminar – Jason Griffin, director – John Pair Horticulture Center

9:15 - Tree Pioneer Dedication – Tim Martz

9:30 - Trees for Tomorrow – seminar – Doug Grimm – Grimms’ Garden

9:30 - Composting Demonstration – Demonstration in Garden – Extension Master Gardeners

10:00 - Tree Planting Demonstration – Demonstration on Grounds – Extension Master Gardeners

10:30 - Landscaping for Energy Conservation – seminar – Bob Neier – Extension Agent, Horticulture 

11:00 - Tour of Riparian Woodland Nature Trail – walking tour – Extension Master Gardener

11:00 - Pruning & Care seminar – Brian Hurd – Ryan Lawn & Tree

11:45 - Plants that Survive in Shade – seminar – Extension Master Gardener

12:00 - Tour of Extension Arboretum – Bob Neier – Extension Agent, Horticulture

12:30 - Rain Barrels, seminar – Peter Daniels


Participants can walk through the Sedgwick County Extension Arboretum and learn about trees adapted to central Kansas.


For more information, call Bob Neier at 660-0100 ext 0140.


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research & Extension News

Bob Neier – 316-660-0100 Ext. 0140