Urban Forestry Advisor's Class 2024

  • September 11 - October 9, 2024
  • Memphis Botanic Garden

    750 Cherry Road
    Memphis, Tennessee 38117
Ticket Price $120.00 Register Now

2024 Urban Forestry Advisor's Class

September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9 (5 sessions)

9 am-1 pm


Investigate and learn about our urban forest from the experts. Instruction and outdoor learning will cover tree physiology, tree species identification, tree care, tree selection, risk management, how trees support wildlife, tree inventory, champion trees, the history of urban forestry, tree law for homeowners, and arboretum requirements. Classes are designed for the public, municipal employees, plant-related non-profits, arboretums, members of neighborhood associations, tree boards, garden clubs, and plant societies. This class is sponsored by the West TN Chapter of the TN Urban Forestry Council, the Memphis Botanic Garden, and the Memphis Tree Board.  


Your instructors for the course include:  

Eric Bridges - Director of Operations & Capital Improvements: Overton Park  

Bill Bullock - Invasive Plant Removal Specialist: Overton Park  

Joellen Dimond - U of M Landscape Director  

Dr. Mark Follis - Follis Tree Preservation President  

Wes Hopper - Wolf River Conservancy Director of Outreach & ISA Certified Arborist Instructor  

Dr. Bo Kelley – TN Division of Forestry, ISA Certified Arborist  

Dr. David Mercker – UT Forestry Extension Specialist  

Mary Schmidt – Backyard Wildlife Center Curator: Lichterman Nature Center  

Judi Shellabarger – Champion Tree Chair WTC: TUFC, TN Urban Forestry Council’s Center of Excellence Volunteer Arboreta Outreach Chair for MBG  

David Smith – Champion Tree Expert  


What's included in this class:  

Your class fee includes all classroom materials, a notebook, and dues for both the West Tennessee Urban Forestry Council and the state organization (upon submission of completed examination)  


Things to know:  

  • A limited number of scholarships are available; for more information, please contact 901-496-1696.
  • CEU’s may be available for ISA certified arborists upon request
  • Participants in this program can become certified as a UFA volunteer after completing 20 volunteer hours after their course and completion of test


Pricing and registration deadline:

  • $120 per person
  • Register no later than September 9, 2024



If you need assistance with registration please email boxoffice@membg.org.

Date & Time

Sep 11, 2024 9:00 AM - Oct 9, 2024 1:00 PM

Venue Details

Memphis Botanic Garden

750 Cherry Road
Memphis, Tennessee 38117 Memphis Botanic Garden
Memphis Botanic Garden

The Memphis Botanic Garden is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to being an exemplary center for horticulture and environmental enrichment. Serving over 40,000 school-aged children annually, and hosting over 260,000 visitors each year, Memphis Botanic Garden strives to enhance lives by connecting people with nature, increasing awareness and appreciation of our environment. Our 96-acre property includes 30 specialty gardens and a Level 4 Arboretum, which provide the ability to interact with various families of plants, flowers, and trees.


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