FREE - Urban Trees and Shrubs: Planting, their role in our landscapes and selection

Gardening General

2-hour online class. Celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree! Majestic elms and Manitoba maples once dominated our urban treescapes, But our choices have never been as great as they are today. Selected for their ease of maintenance and freedom from problems, these trees range from the diminutive and dainty 'Princess Kay' plum to the newer white to pink flowering crabapples: oaks, lindens, mountain ash hackberry and maples; soft and slender evergreens such as sub-alpine fir and Swiss stone pine; and many more. Your free registration in this class is sponsored by our Healthy Yards partner, the City of Saskatoon and in collaboration with SOS Trees Coalition.

Thanks to our Healthy Yards Partnership and the City of Saskatoon, this class is free but you must register to attend. Class times are in Saskatchewan time - CST, no daylight savings. Registration closes one hour before the class starts. Register here or email us at Office hours are 8:00 am - 4:00 pm and any emails after this time will be answered the next business day.

About your Instructor

Retired as the horticultural specialist of the University of Saskatchewan, Sara Williams is author and co-author of many gardening books: Creating the Prairie Xeriscape; Best Trees and Shrubs for the Prairies; Best Groundcovers and Vines for the Prairies; Gardening, Naturally: A Chemical-free handbook for the Prairies and The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo: A Photographic History. She also was the founding editor for The Saskatchewan Gardener magazine (now known as The Gardener or, previously, Gardener for the Prairies). Sara holds a B.A from the University of Michigan in English and History as well as a B.Sc. (with great distinction) and M.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan in Horticulture. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015 and was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2013. She helped initiate the University of Saskatchewan Master Gardener Program and coordinated it for many years. She gardens on 5 acres of sand near Saskatoon.


This class is offered in an online, live-stream format that you can access from your computer, phone or tablet. Your distance class will include your instructor and their presentation live on-screen and the ability for you to ask questions through the course chat. You will not receive a recording nor handouts for this class, but we're confident you will get good educational value.

Our students report the technology is quite simple to use both on computers and on personal devices like tablets and phones. We will send you instructions one hour before the class along with a contact help you in case there are any issues connecting. It's been remarkably stable for everyone with a strong internet connection. If you have a weak internet connection you might have audio problems, though we've only had this issue with people in isolated areas. Since there is a call-in option for sound, you will still be able to hear but you may not be able to see the instructor and slides if you have a poor internet connection.

Event Details

07:00 PM - 09:00 PM CST
Online: Webex platform


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