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UW Extension publications recommend best shrubs, trees for Wyoming

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 9.12.43 AM ShrubsPublications offering information on the best shrubs and trees for Wyoming are available from University of Wyoming Extension. “Landscaping: Recommended Trees for Wyoming”, B-1090R, and “Landscaping: Recommended Shrubs for Wyoming”, B-1108R, have been revised by extension horticulture specialist Karen Panter and state Master Gardener coordinator Chris Hilgert.

The scientific name, common name, altitude limits, USDA zone, height, width, sun exposure and comments about 52 shrubs and 51 trees are in the separate publications. Proper site selection, purchasing healthy shrubs and trees, site preparation, planting and maintenance are described.

The publications are free and available in PDFs or at their respective websites. Go to and click the Publications link on the left-hand side. Enter the publication numbers to access each bulletin. Clicking on the title provides access to the PDF and website URLs.

Protecting landscape plants from notorious insects part of Laramie session

Scott Schell

Scott Schell

Helping landowners identify and manage insects that affect trees, shrubs and gardens is part of the Dirty Dozen Insects workshop Wednesday, May 13, in Laramie.

The session is 5:30-7 p.m. at the Albany County Extension office meeting room at the fairgrounds.

Instructors include extension entomologist Scott Schell and educator Kellie Chichester. Register at For more information, contact Chichester at 307-721-2571 or

Tree health, wildfire risk reduction workshop near Vedauwoo

Tactics homeowners can use to keep trees healthy and reduce risk of wildfire damage to cabins or homes will be shown at a workshop 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, near Vedauwoo.

Representatives from the Wyoming State Forestry Division, Albany County Fuels Mitigation Program and Albany County Weed and Pest Control will tour a property where many of the steps have been implemented.

To get to the property, turn off I-80 eastbound at the Happy Jack exit. Turn right and follow the frontage road to the Blair-Wallis Road then turn left and follow the signs.

Sponsors include those mentioned above plus Laramie Rivers Conservation District, Barnyards and Backyards: Rural Living in Wyoming and University of Wyoming Extension.

To RSVP, call the Albany County office of University of Wyoming Extension at 307-721-2571 or email extension educator Kellie Chichester at

Tree give-away, indoor nature walk to celebrate Arbor Day in Cody

More than 2,000 trees will be given away and a kid’s indoor nature walk with a visit from Smokey Bear are part of the Arbor Day celebration in Cody Saturday, April 26.

Events are 9 a.m-noon at the Cody Auditorium.

The Cody Lion’s club donated $2,500 to purchase 22 different tree species to be given away partnered with University of Wyoming Extension, the city of Cody and the U.S. Forest Service, said Bobbie Holder, Park County UW Extension horticulturalist.

Holder said the nature walk is geared toward ages 5 to 10, but there’s something for everyone including information, adult and children’s door prizes and, of course, trees.

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Pollinators, trees topics of Cody brown bag sessions

Trees and shrubs Part 1...encampment willowPollinator and tree information are brown bag topics this month at the Park County Library in Cody.

Park County University of Wyoming Extension horticulturist Bobbie Holder is the presenter. Session information includes:

April 17 – “Pollinators in the Garden.” Understanding who pollinators are, what they do and how to get them to work in your garden.

April 24 – “Trees: How, what, where and when.” Learn howto choose, plant and care for trees.

Programs are noon to 1 p.m. with time allowed afterward to answer questions.