Seeing Trees – Class Series

“To really see trees is to see into their future, much like we do with our children.
For them to grow and flourish we want to nourish their beginnings and guide their journeys.”

 ― Richard McPherson

Presented Spring through Fall of each year

The Green Landscape Group in Rossmoor has created a class series called “Seeing Trees” designed to help us see and appreciate trees in a whole new way. These walking tour classes take place periodically spring through fall and will meet for a strolling lecture in different parts of Rossmoor.

As the class begins, the instructor will offer background information about the concept of “seeing trees”. Participants will then be encouraged to observe trees and evaluate them using specific criteria. As we stroll through each location, we will view and critique the trees we see in real-time. There will be ample opportunities for questions and dialogue.

More information:
    Seeing Trees Class Information Sheet >

The Seeing Trees classes are based on this Rossmoor News column:
    Landscaping in the 4th Dimension – 06/08/22 >

The class series is also based on the Tree Guidelines best practices guide, which explains the criteria for selecting and placing trees, as well as for their planting and removal. The guidelines are written by the instructor, and endorsed by Rossmoor Landscape Department.
    Tree Guidelines >

General Information on the Green Landscape Group
    GLC Information Sheet >

“Trees benefit our environment and us, now and for decades–or even centuries–to come.
It’s on us to plan their placement with care”

-Richard McPherson

About Richard McPherson

Richard McPherson is a landscape architect and the coordinator of the Green Landscape Group. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley who has been in private practice since 1998. He has specialized in residential and commercial landscape design, has taught for UC Extension, and has offered lectures and tours for various Bay Area clubs and organizations. Richard moved to Rossmoor in 2016 and lives on Pine Knoll Drive.

Richard’s passion is sharing information he has collected over the decades about sustainable landscapes and how to appreciate them. Being sensitive to the environment and the selection and placement of plants that minimize water and pruning, his own frugalness always guides him toward ways of saving money when incorporating these practices.

Richard McPherson biography >

Richard McPherson
Landscape Architect     Lic. 4126
Green Landscape Group, coordinator