Co-Hosted: Empire Tree & Turf, City of Augusta & Augusta Housing Authority


Speakers & Instructors

JAN 14th

Inside Curriculum


Bruce R. Fraedrich, Ph. D.     9:00 to 10:45 am

 Dr. Fraedrich has a biology degree from Newberry College, a Masters in Forestry from Duke and Doctorate in Plant Pathology from Clemson.  Having worked for them since finishing his undergraduate degree, Dr. Fraedrich is currently the Vice President of Research at Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories. 


Dr. Fraedrich will cover the research showing that pruning young trees is one of the best cost/benefit procedures that can be performed on trees.  His presentation will take us on to mature trees and the space management procedures that can be carried out, as well as, dealing with the root/space dilemma.


Robert B. McCartney    11:00 am to Noon

Mr. McCartney has a B. S. in Wildlife Management from Utah State University and Masters from Louisiana State University.  Mr. McCartney is a native of Virginia and was involved with horticulture program at Colonial Williamsburg.  He came to Aiken, SC in 1980 as co-owner of Woodlanders, Inc.  Woodlanders has since become internationally known as a mail-order source for native, rare and newly introduced plants.  He has written and lectured extensively on horticultural and plant conservation topics.


Mr. McCartney has always felt the need to develop and introduce new plants for the lower south.  He has traveled extensively in Argentina searching for new material and planting many of the new plants in the City of Aiken creating a city-wide arboretum.  He will discuss development of the city-wide arboretum and the trials and tribulations of introducing new plant.

 SO-03-001-A(Certified Arborist)            2.50 ceu

SO-03-001-T(Tree Worker)                   2.50 ceu

                   MARK CHISHOLM                                        BRIAN NOYES                                                    PARTICIPANTS

                                          Outside Curriculum

Mark Chisholm    12:30 to 4:30 pm

Mr. Chisholm is a practicing arborist that has taken over the reins of the family arboricultural business.  He has won 1st place in the New Jersey tree climbing competition 11 consecutive times plus being crowned the World Champion twice by the International Society of Arboriculture.



Mr. Chisholm will show new climbing and tree removal tools.  He will show, in an actual climbing demonstration, different climbing techniques used to perform pruning and rigging for tree removals. This event will include hands on participation with particiapants, please bring your own gear.


SO-03-003-A(Certified Arborist)            4.00 ce
  SO-03-003-T(Tree Worker)                        4.00 ceu


                                               Inside Curriculum

Roy Simkins    12:30 to 1:30 pm

Mr. Simkins has a B. S. in Geology from Washington and Lee University.  He has 40 years of experience of with land, timber and urban forestry with his own business Simkins Land Company.  He is a certified arborist Chairman of the Augusta Tree Commission and consultant for numerous golf courses and municipalities.


Mr. Simkins has had a lifetime penchant for trees and will share his knowledge of the notable trees of Augusta including their history and cultural habits.


Ted Stephens    1:30 to 2:30 pm

Mr. Stephens has B. S. and M. S. degrees in Ornamental Horticulture from Clemson University.  He initially taught in the Golf Course and Landscape Operations at Lake City Community College in Lake City, Florida.  In 1973, he opened Nurseries Caroliniana, Inc., a garden center catering to new, rare and unusual plants.  Later in 1985, he opened the Wholesale Division, growing over 1500 taxa of the newest and best ornamental for the Southeast.


Mr. Stephens has traveled to Japan in search of new and unusual plants for the southeast nursery trade.  He has just returned from his most recent trip and will show some of the exciting new plants yet to hit the market.


Charles Phillips    2:45 to 3:45 pm

Employed for twenty years with the Extension Service, Mr. Phillips has been the UGA Extension Coordinator and Agent for Columbia County for 16 years.  He has a Masters in Integrated Pest Management from Clemson University and provides educational programs in horticulture and forestry locally for the green industry.


Mr. Phillips will discuss insect problems associated with trees, ornamentals and turf in the Augusta area and provide chemical and cultural solutions to these problems.


Sid Mullis    3:45 to 4:45 pm

With a B. S. in Agricultural Economics from Georgia and M. S. in Public Administration from Brenau, Mr. Mullis represents Richmond County as the Extension Coordinator and Agent.  Being with the Extension Service for 20 years, Mr. Mullis has a weekly garden column for the Augusta Chronicle, co-hosts a weekly radio call-in show and writes a bi-monthly article for the Augusta Magazine.


Mr. Mullis will discuss disease problems and solutions on trees, ornamentals and turf in the Augusta area.  All forms of control will be discussed.


SC Pesticide Recertification Credits  2.00 ceu  class code 6142
                                                  SO-03-002-A(Certified Arborist)       4.00 ceu

                                                                  SO-03-002-T(Tree Worker)                     4.00 ceu

GA Pesticide CEU’s available”

·         5 CEU’s Category 24

                                                               5 CEU’s Category 27


JAN 15th



Westover Cemetery

Ex-Champion Post Oak



9:00 – 10:00                            Henry Frischknecht – Discussion of recent history and treatments made that resolved the problem with champion post oak.


  SC Pesticide Recertification Credits   1 ceu  class code 6144


10:00 – 12:00                          Mark Chisholm - (a) brief review of previous day’s work shop;

(b) perform crown cleaning to ex-champion post oak to 1/2” diameter with hands on participation and instruction; and

(c) install cables as needed.

12:00 – 12:30                          Lunch

12:30 – 4:30                            Demonstrate removal rigging techniques and remove large pine.

                                                  SO-03-005-A(Certified Arborist)    7.00 ceu

                                                                  SO-03-005-T(Tree Worker)                   7.00 ceu


In order to aid in raising the standards in our area and arboriculture/horticulture in general, Empire Tree & Turf, the City of Augusta and the Augusta Housing Authority are providing this seminar to all that are interested at no charge to the participants.