Charlotte, North Carolina

November 5-6, 2014

Field Experience Summaries


Walking

Afoot in Uptown Charlotte

Take a stroll among tall trees and tall buildings through “Uptown” Charlotte and the Garden and Government Districts. Learn about the city’s history, visit unique urban designs and hear the stories of managing a landscape where more than 100,000 people work each day. Highlights will include:
  • An overview of the design standards for the Central Business District of Uptown Charlotte.
  • Design and construction of suspended sidewalks along the Tryon Street Mall.
  • The history, design and construction of Thomas Polk Park, an urban pocket park complete with a 20-foot high waterfall!
  • A visit to Settlers Cemetery and the heritage trees among the tombstones.
  • An award winning streetscape design that supported the revitalization of Charlotte’s First Ward.
  • Discussion at the NASCAR Hall of Fame about creating unique outdoor areas for museum visitors.


Motor Coach

It Takes a Village: Community Forestry Projects by TreesCharlotte and the City of Charlotte

Visit a diverse selection of recently completed urban forestry projects directed at increasing and protecting Charlotte’s tree canopy. Meet city and county staff, TreesCharlotte staff and local contractors who work together to make these results possible. Discussion topics include design criteria such as compatibility with utilities, transportation clear zones, traffic calming, multi-modal cross-sections, maintenance, community enhancement and canopy sustainability. The tour will stop at several Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and TreesCharlotte projects along the way, including:
  • Walter G. Byers School & Greenville Park.
  • A variety of Capital Improvement Plan streetscape projects.
  • Little Sugar Creek Greenway & stream restoration at Midtown Park.
  • Peachtree Hills Community volunteer event.


Motor Coach

Growing a Better City Tree

Travel to the Scottree Nursery, a short drive from Charlotte, to visit one of the leading wholesale nursery operations in the state. Scottree has been a leader in following best practices developed by the North Carolina Extension Service, the City of Charlotte, TreesCharlotte and the North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association to produce high-quality nursery stock that meets or exceeds American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards. Highlights will include:
  • A discussion of growing nursery stock to ANSI standards, including structural pruning practices, root flare, root ball size, and customer expectations.
  • Examples of appropriate contract language that provides clarity to both parties when ordering, purchasing and accepting trees.
  • Discussions of species and cultivar performance, including “utility-friendly” trees.


Motor Coach

Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory

Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory is home to an incredible and diverse arboretum, which serves as research grounds and outdoor classroom for a variety of tree and arboricultural research. Staffed with scientists in fields such as plant pathology, entomology and botany, the labs advise company arborists on the latest advances in arboriculture for the benefit of their customers. Highlights will include:
  • Descriptions of some of the more than 2,000 species and cultivars of woody plants in the Arboretum and discussions of underutilized species that have potential for landscape and street tree planting.
  • Discussions and examples of pruning techniques including reduction, thinning, raising, cleaning and restoration, along with a variety of specialty systems. Other research plots demonstrate the use of growth regulators to manage trees near utility lines.
  • Research plots on planting containerized trees and methods to improve long-term survival and stability.
  • Research demonstrations on the interaction between sidewalks and tree roots, including sidewalk construction techniques that delay or prevent impact of roots on sidewalks.