4-Part Pruning Woody Landscape Plants Course

Pruning woody landscape plantsThursdays, March 21 and 28, April 4 and 11, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Snow date: Thursday, April 18

This workshop is geared toward the backyard gardener as well as those working in a related field.

Cost: $55.00

Space is limited to 17 participants

The workshop is FULL
please contact katherine.garland@maine.edu if you would like to be added to a waiting list.

If you would like to be put on a mailing list to receive information on the next Pruning Course, please contact Kate Garland at 207.942.7396 or 1.800.287.1485 (in Maine).


  • Thursday, March 21, 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Introduction: Essentials of pruning,
    Pruning ornamental shrubs
    Marjorie Peronto, Extension Educator
    Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden
  • Thursday, March 28, 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Formative and restorative pruning of landscape trees
    Dr. Reeser C. Manley, Horticulturist
    Location: UMaine Extension Penobscot County office, Bangor
  • Thursday, April 4, 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Pruning small fruits (high bush blueberries, brambles, grapes)
    Dr. David Handley, UMaine Extension Small Fruit Specialist
    Location: UMaine Extension Penobscot County office, Bangor
  • Thursday, April 11, 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Pruning fruit trees, young and old
    Brett Johnston, Orchardist
    location – Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden, and Johnston’s Orchard, Ellsworth
  • Thursday, April 18, 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Hold: Snow date

Textbook provided: The Pruning Book: Revised and Updated, by Lee Reich, 2010

What to Bring

On each of the four days, we’ll be spending part of the session outside pruning. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Bring a thermos of something hot to drink.

Tools needed for the course:

  • 1 pair hand pruners
  • 1 pruning saw (7” – 13” blade)
  • 1 pair loppers
  • safety glasses and gloves

If you are going to purchase new tools and don’t know what kind to buy or where to get them, wait until after the first class.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Kate Garland at 207.942.7396 or 1.800.287.1485 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.