Are you interested in learning more about what goes on 'behind the scenes' at your Arboretum?
Next Wednesday (Oct 7th) we invite you to come out and visit us as our staff and volunteers work on harvesting seed from trees in our living gene banks of rare and at-risk species. The gene banks are special tree plantations that archive the genetic diversity of rare and at-risk tree species in Ontario. The Arboretum initiated the Rare Woody Plants of Ontario Project more than 30 years ago, and now many of the trees in our gene bank plantings are producing healthy crops of seed. The SkyJack company is lending us a boom lift next week to help harvest seed from the tallest trees.
We are inviting members of the campus community to come out and see what we are up to, and learn about the project. Our volunteer guides will meet interested visitors at the Arboretum entrance (past Alumni House, near the Arboretum sign) between 11:00 am and 12:20 pm on Wednesday, and guide you over to the seed harvest. If the weather's nice, bring your lunch and stay awhile.
Hope to see you there!
Shelley L. Hunt, Ph.D.
School of Environmental Sciences
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1G 2W1
Phone: 519-824-4120 ext.53065