Selecting and Planting Trees

The Morton Arboretum Urban Tree Conference


Selecting the right tree for the site and planting it correctly makes it more likely to live a long, healthy life and reduces maintenance costs. This day-and-a-half-long conference will focus on best practices and latest recommendations for urban tree selection and planting.

Who Should Attend?

Arborists, landscape contractors, landscape architects, municipal foresters, professionals from nurseries and botanical gardens, extension agents, land managers, researchers, students,  and others interested in learning more about selecting and planting trees in cities and suburbs.

Highlights Will Include:

Presentations by top practitioners and researchers, including James Urban (author of Up By Roots), Guy Sternberg (co-author of Native Trees for North American Landscapes), Gary Watson (co-author of The Practical Science of Planting Trees), and more

New recommendations and real-world expertise on tree selection for municipalities and utilities

Best practices in tree planting, from site evaluation and planning for maintenance to working with nursery stock to post-planting care

A roundtable discussion in which participants can share concerns and brainstorm solutions

Networking opportunities

A setting on the magnificent grounds of The Morton Arboretum, with examples of many trees

Eligibility for 9.25 ISA CEUs


Full Schedule

To view the full conference schedule, download the conference brochure: 
Urban Tree Conference

Course number: 

November 18, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and November 19, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center



Fee is per person and includes admission to the Arboretum, refreshments, Monday reception, Tuesday lunch, and program materials.
$165 if registration is received before October 11,
$185 if registration is received between October 12–November 13
$205 if registration is received after November 13 or Onsite
$50 Students (with school identification)
Students please call the registrar for student registration at 630-719-2468.


CALL: Call the registrar at 630-719-2468, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.