Friends of the Arboretum Lecture

"How Trees Can Save the World—And What We Can Do to Help"
Basil Camu, Leaf & Limb

  • Thursday, December 9, 2021 – 7:30 pm9:00 pm

Our specific reasons may vary, but we all care about this beautiful planet we call home. Sadly, there is a lot changing here on Earth. There are issues developing that could turn our beloved home into a place that is no longer hospitable for us

There is good news: we have simple (but not easy) solutions we can implement today. We can look to nature for guidance. What natural processes created planetary conditions favorable to all members of our planet, including humans, mammals, birds, reptiles, and so forth?

Trees were—and are—one of nature's most powerful tools for creating the planet we know and love today. If we plant many new trees and care for the ones we have, we can begin healing our planet.

During this lecture, we will explore two areas:

First: What are some of our most pressing environmental issues? How can trees help solve these issues? Most importantly, what can we do to help? Spoiler alert: it's properly planting new trees and responsibly caring for the ones we have.

Second: How do we properly plant new trees? How can we care for existing trees in a manner that maximizes positive benefits for all members of our ecosystem? We'll teach you how to do these things, as well as how to avoid common pitfalls.

Healthy trees in abundance create happy people and a vibrant planet.

Basil Camu

About Basil Camu

Basil loves trees. And soil, wildflowers, insects, bats, fungi, ecosystems—basically all of Earth. He is fully committed to caring for this beautiful planet. He is a treecologist, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, Duke University graduate, and wizard of things at Leaf & Limb. Though trees are his passion and profession, he also loves cultivating flowers in his garden, restoring native meadows, and propagating plants from seed. Some of Basil's favorite pastimes are hanging out with his wife and sons, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, powerlifting, CrossFit, hiking, and long-distance running. His next favorite things in life are reading, garlic, traveling the world, blazing hot peppers, pickles, and anything from Lucette Grace in downtown Raleigh, in approximately that order.

Joining the Online Presentation

​This program is being offered in person as well as online. If you want to join us online, visit the URL below:

In case there are any last-minute changes, please check your e-mail for any updates.

Registration is not needed for the in-person program.

COVID-19 Guidelines

This program is scheduled as an in-person program (and online, too) under the assumption we can meet together in groups at this time. If NC State or the state have any COVID-19 safety guidelines in place at this time, everyone in attendance will be required to follow them. If meeting in person indoors isn't permitted, we may need to meet only online or cancel this program

Free for North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) members, Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, Department of Horticultural Science staff and faculty, NC State University students, and online participants; otherwise $5.00.
Advance registration is not available for in-person attendees. Check-in available at the door. Registration for online attendees available at
JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC 27606 and online.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
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