The Amherst Garden Club’s April Meeting

April 1

Trees: Celebrating and Honoring April’s Annual Arbor Day

Presented by Frank Grano

In anticipation of Arbor Day, which is April 30 this year, our April program will celebrate the kings and queens of our landscapes and gardens: trees.

Our speaker will be Frank Grano, an ISA certified arborist and NH-based Manager for Bartlett Trees. Frank’s presentation will focus on trees with 3-4 season interest as well as fast-growing trees.

Bring your tree questions as there will be a 10-minute Q & A period following Frank’s talk.

In addition, Frank plans to give out free tree seedlings for us to take home and plant!

Frank Grano

About Frank Grano

Frank is a Penn State University graduate, with a Bachelors of Forest Science degree in Urban Forestry with a minor in Arboriculture. He is an ISA Certified Arborist, as well as a New Hampshire Certified Arborist.

Tree Seedlings

Frank will be giving away three different tree seedlings, described below. There will be a sign-up sheet if you would like a free seedling. We will distribute the seedlings via curbside pick-up at a date/time to be decided.

Japanese stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia)

Japanese stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia) is a small, slow-growing, pyramidal, deciduous tree that matures to a height of 20-40′.

The tree blooms from June to July with showy white cup-shaped flowers.

This low maintenance tree is best grown in evenly moist, organically rich, moderately acidic, well-drained sandy loams in full sun to part shade. The tree requires consistent moisture and is intolerant of drought. 

Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia aquifolium)

Oregon grape holly is a striking evergreen shrub or small tree with four-season interest.

This slow-growing tree blooms in late spring with bright yellow fragrant flowers giving way to clusters of dark blue edible berries in late summer.

The tree is best grown in moist, acidic, well-drained soil and requires part to full shade.

Persian Ironwood (Parrotia persica)

Persian Ironwood is a small to medium sized, single trunk, deciduous tree. Related to witch-hazel, the tree’s leaves turn various shades of red, orange and yellow in the fall, often persisting into the winter months. The mature bark exfoliates to patches of green, tan, and white.