Classes & Workshops
Each year PlantAmnesty expert instructors teach pruning techniques in our twelve-part Master Pruner Series. Topics include: artistic pruning, fruit trees, landscape renovation, Japanese garden pruning, ornamental vines, pruning roses, and species-specific tutorials. This series provides students with a solid base in the science and practice of selective pruning. Students are given access to a broad range of pruning information at each two-hour presentation.
Classes are open to master gardeners, landscapers, gardeners, horticulture students as well as the general public. Students may complete Master Pruner classes individually or work toward a Master Pruner certification by completing the entire series. Classes are currently being offered online only.
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This class is a prerequisite for Trees II. This is the science behind our pruning decisions. In this class you will be introduced to a tree’s structure and biology. You will learn how and why trees respond to various events. Better outcomes can be achieved when you learn to work with a trees natural processes rather than fighting against them. Signs that may indicate a problem tree will also be covered. This class will be recorded and available for viewing…Find out more »
Pruning trees makes sense when you understand the science behind it. You will be introduced to the basics of tree biology, including apical dominance and tree responses to wounding (development of callus and woundwood, as well as compartmentalization of decay). Tree structure is covered, with discussion of branch attachments, codominant stems and included bark. Proper pruning cuts are explained in detail, including how to safely remove large limbs, correctly reduce branch length, and encourage branching when appropriate. Current ANSI tree…Find out more »
It is STRONGLY advised to have taken Trees I prior to this class. This is the “How- to” class for the practical application of the pruning concepts learned in Trees I. See examples of good and bad pruning decisions. Learn the best practices for making pruning cuts, training young trees and tree maintenance. Examples for specific species will be given. This class will be recorded and available for viewing by registrants for 2 weeks following the class date. Taught by…Find out more »
This class will show you how, what and when to do specific types of tree pruning. Structural pruning of young trees is covered, as well as mature tree pruning techniques including crown cleaning, crown thinning, crown raising and crown reduction. Pruning cycles, pruning doses, and seasonal timing are explained. Mal-pruning is defined (tree topping, lion’s tailing, over thinning), and rehabilitative pruning techniques are shown. This class will be recorded and available for viewing by registrants for 2 weeks following the…Find out more »