Ann Ralph, formerly of Berkeley Horticultural Nursery, has four workshops scheduled in back yards around the bay area to show you how to summer-prune your fruit trees. I attended a brief pruning workshop that Ann did at Berkeley Hort a few years back and came away after one hour feeling very confident about pruning my trees. Here are the dates and times:
- Saturday, June 8, Oakland, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
- Sunday, June 9, Berkeley, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
- Saturday, June 22, San Pablo, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
- Sunday, June 23, Kensington, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
If you've planted a new tree in the last year or two, you're probably aware that correct pruning in these formative years can make the difference between a beautiful, healthy tree at maturity, or a problematic and potentially hazardous eyesore. Learn the ins and outs of the art of young tree pruning from Brian Kempf, the Director of the Urban Tree Foundation. This workshop, sponsored by Canopy of Palo Alto, will include 1.5 hours of classroom training and 2.5 hours of hands-on field training. No experience is required, but if you do have pruning experience, are a landscape professional, or an arborist, great! CEUs will be available for ISA certified arborists and tree workers. The workshop will take place on June 15th, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Nixon Elementary, 1711 Stanford Avenue in Stanford.
The workshop itself is free but they do ask that if you attend the workshop that you commit to volunteering at one of the follow-up volunteer tree care work days where you can practice your new pruning skills on the following dates:
- Saturday, June 22nd 9am-12pm
- Saturday, June 29th 9am-12pm
- Saturday, July 13th 9am-12pm
- Thursday, July 27th, 6pm-8pm
These events will give you hands-on training and provide a service to the community. Pruning shears and gloves will be available, but if you have your own, you should bring them.
To register for the Art of Young Tree Pruning Workshop, click here or email Michael@canopy.org.