Chatfield to lecture on trees native to western NY

Greg Funka | Staff Photographer
Moonlight illuminates a lakeside tree earlier this season.

Trees not only contribute to the aesthetic appearance of yards, neighborhoods and communities, but also provide necessary shade and shelter from the sun. At 12:15 p.m. today, the Bird, Tree & Garden Club will present a Brown Bag lecture by Jim Chatfield, titled “Ten Trees That Thrive in Western New York and Why,” in Smith Wilkes Hall.

Chatfield will discuss particular trees for homeowners to consider in their landscaping plans. He stresses that matching trees to their planting site is the essence of sustainable horticulture.

Chatfield will discuss how the size of a tree affects its adaptability and will focus on particular trees that don’t require a lot of maintenance. He will answer questions following his lecture.

Chatfield is a plant pathologist and horticulturist and an associate professor at Ohio State University Extension. He is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture, the American Phytopathological Society and president of the International Ornamental Crabapple Society.

When discussing his upcoming lecture, Chatfield shared a Chinese proverb: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”