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Bright beginnings: selecting a good tree for planting

~Vickie Peck

Certified Arborist Joseph Duncan will speak about trees at the Placitas Community Library on March 18 at 2:00 p.m. After the talk, there will be a field trip to a local nursery for hands-on training.

“Good trees in your landscape/treescape begin with proper selection,” says Joseph Duncan. And, as an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist, he should know. He will share some thoughts about choosing a good tree to avoid trouble as it matures. He is an independent climbing arborist providing high quality tree care and education serving the Middle Rio Grande valley.

Becoming an ISA Certified Arborist is no easy accomplishment. It requires three years of prior tree experience, membership, adherence to the ISA code of ethics, and a notoriously rigorous examination.

Joseph fell in love with trees when he was a child in El Paso, Texas, a fascination that has threaded its way through his entire life. He spent many years as a naturalist, interpreter, and wild-land fire fighter for the US National Park Service. He was also a U.S. Peace Corp Volunteer working in the forestry division on St. Vincent in West Indies. His attraction to trees deepened while he worked in Lehman Caves National Monument (now Great Basin National Park) in Nevada, where he encountered the Great Basin bristlecone pines on Wheeler Peak—a very special experience for him.

Master gardeners offer pruning workshop

Sandoval County Master Gardeners will offer a "Pruning Your Garden" workshop on March 11, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the Sabana Grande Recreation Center, 4110 Sabana Grande Boulevard, in Rio Rancho. Judy Jacobs, Lifetime Sandoval County Master Gardener, and Elizabeth Gardner, Sandoval County Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, will help the home gardener learn how and when to prune home garden plants and trees. Learn to prune fruit trees, conifers, roses, shrubs, and perennials. Cost for the workshop is ten dollars. Payment by cash or check will be accepted at the door. Register online at

2016 Hoops for Hope

“Hoops for Hope” benefit helps New Mexicans

The New Mexico Senate “Lobos” will tip off against the House of Representatives “Aggies” on March 1 at Santa Fe High School. The game is a fun event for those on the court, on the bench, and in the stands, but everyone knows that the real opponent is cancer.

The annual game is an important source of private donations for The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. Over the past six years, it has raised more than one hundred thousand dollars. “The proceeds help us to deliver the cutting-edge, compassionate care that all New Mexicans deserve,” says Cheryl Willman, MD, UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center Director and CEO. This year, the American Cancer Society expects more than one thousand New Mexicans to receive a diagnosis of cancer and nearly 3,700 to die from it.

Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. in the Santa Fe High School Gymnasium, 2100 Yucca Street, in Santa Fe. Organizers will announce coaches closer to game time. Admission is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted and appreciated. All proceeds benefit the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

For more information, call 272-4443 or email
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