The 2020 Tree Festival will be held at the Sedgwick County Extension Center on
Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This will be a fun, FREE, and family-friendly event featuring information on choosing, planting, and maintaining trees that are well-suited for our area of Kansas.
The Tree Festival this year will feature Tough Trees for our Tough Climate.
Kansas trees have nowhere to hide when brutal winds, floods, droughts, ice storms, and other weather extremes move through our area. Anchored in place and put to the test by our tough climate, it is critical that we plant the right tree for our growing conditions. This year’s theme for Tree Fest will focus on “Spotlighting Tough Trees for Our Tough Climate”. Throughout Tree Fest, the event will feature information on some of the toughest trees that grow in Kansas. Participants can also expect to learn the planting and maintenance needed in order for those tough trees to thrive.
Trees are an investment in our landscape, for both financial and aesthetic reasons, and choosing, planting, and maintaining the best trees for our local conditions is important.
Tree care professionals will be on hand at the 2020 Tree Festival to share their advice on these topics. Visit with tree experts from the Kansas Forest Service, City of Wichita Forestry Department, Kansas Arborist Association, K-State Research & Extension, and many local arborists. Master Gardeners will also be on hand to answer your tree and gardening questions.
Tree Fest features seminars, demonstrations, youth activities, and local vendors. You’ll be able to purchase unique and popular plants and trees, local craft products, and baked goods.
Seminars will include appropriate topics for both homeowners and those who are responsible for commercial properties.
25 free trees will be raffled off throughout the day.
A pancake and sausage breakfast will also be available for purchase.
Admission is FREE, and if you participate in any of the seminars and demonstrations throughout the day, you’ll have the chance to win a FREE TREE. No purchase necessary, but you must be present for each presentation/demonstration to win.
(The more presentations and demonstrations you attend, the more chances you have to win a free tree.)
The Tools & Treasures Sale will also be going on at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center from 8:00am to 1:00pm in the Bison Room. Shop from new & gently used gardening tools, supplies, garden art, landscape décor, and more! Discount pots & garden containers, birdhouses, tools, and trellises are just a few of the items you will find for sale! Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program.
Tree Festival Schedule
Seminars inside the 4-H Hall:
- 9 a.m. Tough Native Trees & Shrubs – Scott Vogt, Dyck Arboretum of the Plains
- 10 a.m. How To Avoid “Getting Bored” By Wood Boring Insects – Dr. Raymond Cloyd, Professor & Extension Entomology Specialist, K-State Department of Entomology
- 11 a.m. Champion Trees of Kansas – Tim McDonnell, Community Forestry Coordinator, Kansas Forest Service
- 12 p.m. Developing Tough Trees for Our Tough Climate – Doug Grimm, Owner of Grimm’s Gardens
Demonstrations (meet in Sunflower Room):
- 8:30 a.m. Composting Leaves and Other Plant Material
- 9:30 a.m. Rose Pruning
- 10:30 a.m. Tree Pruning and The Tools You’ll Need
- 11:30 a.m. Tree Planting
- 12:30 p.m. Shrub Pruning
The Sedgwick County Extension Education Center is at 7001 W. 21st St. N. (at Ridge Rd.), Wichita, Ks.
The Tree Festival is sponsored by Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardeners and K-State Research & Extension – Sedgwick County