The program Wednesday, April 12 will include a presentation by Sam Seo, urban forester for the Delaware Center for Horticulture, on "Great Trees for Central Delaware Gardens," along with a demonstration on how to properly plant, prune and care for trees.

The Smyrna Shade Tree Commission, Friends of Belmont Hall and the Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Association are sponsoring a free symposium on "Great Trees for Central Delaware Gardens" Wednesday, April 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The program will be held at historic Belmont Hall, 217 Smyrna Leipsic Road, Smyrna, just east of U.S. Route 13.

Although the symposium is free, seating is limited, so advance registration is required by calling (302) 653-6449.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

A complimentary light dinner will be served followed by an optional tour of the trees at Belmont Hall.

A demonstration will be given on how to properly plant, prune and care for trees.

The keynote speaker, Sam Seo, urban forester for the Delaware Center for Horticulture, will present "Great Trees for Central Delaware Gardens."

Seo has been working in public horticulture and urban forestry for the past 10 years. His experiences range from display gardens and collections to city tree management and consultation in New York City, Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia.

As the community forester for the Delaware Center for Horticulture, he works with communities, businesses and municipalities to plant, maintain and analyze healthy tree canopies.

Participants at the symposium will receive helpful resources for funding and planting trees and will receive a small complimentary Oriental spruce, a rare needled evergreen that was awarded the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Gold Medal.

Door prizes will be given away.

ABOUT THE SPONSORS

The mission of the Town of Smyrna Shade Tree Commission is to educate the public about the benefits of trees and their proper care, develop specific projects relating to the planning, management, care, planting and preservation of trees in the community forest, and for the beautification of the town.

Its partner, Friends of Belmont Hall, assists the state in the maintenance at Belmont Hall of an exceptional historic public garden and collection of trees, including a Kentucky coffee tree, English yew and royal princess tree which are state champions for their size.

The Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Association is dedicated to the beautification of the Smyrna's historic district.

Information about the sponsors and their contributions to the quality of life in Smyrna will be available at the symposium.