Beechwood Lecture – Tree Health and Preservation

Practical Tree Care Amidst Today’s Challenges

Ames Kaiser, career arborist, will discuss practical tree care in the context of extreme drought and rain, high winds, current invasive pests, existing monocultures, and the decline of older wood specimen trees.  Ames will also briefly discuss the challenges of tick and mosquito control for homeowners.

 Ames Kaiser’s career as an arborist started fairly early in life, as he was put to work dragging brush in his early teens.  At the age of 15, he learned the skills of tree climbing and tree pruning from his father Herb, and tree work has been in his blood since then.  Ames now co-owns Kaiser Tree Preservation Company with his father, and continues to herald expert arboriculture and excellent customer service.  He holds a B.S. in Forest Management from the University of New Hampshire and is an ISA Certified and RI Licensed Arborist.


The Beechwood Lecture Series is a joint effort of the URI Master Gardeners Program and the RI Wild Plant Society. Master Gardeners receive education credits for attending. The lectures are offered to the public free of charge.

If interested in attending, please contact Rayna Wilcox, Volunteer/Program Coordinator, at The Beechwood Center for Life Enrichment at 401-268-1594; or email her at:

Location: Beechwood Center, 44 Beach Street; North Kingstown, RI 02852

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Our upcoming Lectures 2019 and 2020

3/18/20           Life in the Soil: Worm Composting: Monique Bosch, The Wiggle Room

5/20/20           Ecosystem Gardening with Native Plants: Karen Asher, RI Wild Plan Society

7/15/20            Capturing the Native Garden in Art: Frances Topping, Artist and Illustrator

9/16/20            Narragansett Food Sovereignty Initiative & Sustainable Agriculture: Cassius & Dawn Spears

11/18/20         Detecting & Treating Plant Pathogens: Heather Faubert, University of Rhode Island