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Urban Horticulture

Program Contact: Paula Dinius, Urban Horticulturist
(509) 667-6540 • pdinius@wsu.edu
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Applying our knowledge to Urban Settings

The WSU Chelan County Extension Urban Horticulture program is primarily intended to assist commercial enterprises, schools and others learn about the current research and knowledge to improve and/or maintain the beauty of their property.

Rocky Reach Arboretum

Urban Horticulture and the Chelan PUD work together to provide county residents and visitors a learning center to understand the variety of trees that will grow in this climate. The Rocky Reach Park Arboretum is located at the PUD’s Rocky Reach Dam Visitors Center, located north of Wenatchee on the Columbia River. It provides visitors with a brochure describing a self-guided tour throughout the grounds.  View a brochure in a pdf. A printed copy also is available at the Extension Office.

For more ideas for trees for urban landscapes, read Trees for North Central Washington, in a pdf.

Urban Horticulture Topics
  • Invasive Plant Species
  • Trees After the Storm
  • 2019 Horticulture Series Save the date
    • April 11 – Soil, Turf, and Trees BrochureLearn how soil affects turfgrass health and targeting issues can reduce water/chemical inputs.  Learn how to manage trees in turf.
    • June 20 – Insect Management Using Growing Degree Days. – Learn how to calculate degree day heat units and use in an IPM program to help manage pest problems.
    • August 15 – Pruning Trees for Structure and Longevity – Learn pruning types and strategies used for structure, restoration, and retrenchment management.
    • October 24 – Protecting Trees During Construction – how trees are affected by development as well as policies and practices used to reduce construction impacts on trees.

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