Why, How & When Do We Prune? Fruit Tree Care for Everyone

Join us for a comprehensive exploration of the art of dormant fruit tree pruning and training. Learn how to encourage your trees to yield high quality fruit much earlier in their lives and live significantly longer, as well as proper techniques for removing dead, diseased, or broken limbs.

During this workshop we will meet at Morning Side Orchard to discuss why, how and when we should prune our fruit trees. We will walk through the orchard and look at young and old trees, and talk about what to look for in the structure of the tree when pruning. Hands-on practice with pruning, and techniques for making the proper cuts will be an important part of this workshop, so that all participants can leave with the know-how to care for their own fruit trees.

Please note: All participants must arrive with their own set of pruning shears, in order to have the chance to practice the techniques we will be learning in the workshop. This is an outdoor workshop, so please dress warmly.

Instructor Wesley Swartz has always been close to nature. He first started working in nurseries at a very young age and eventually traveled to Europe to supplement his education by working on organic farms and nurseries in Italy and Spain. He has been managing a private orchard in Boulder for the last 5 years and teaches classes on orcharding and permaculture to interested community members. Wesley truly loves everything associated with orchard life—beekeeping, composting, guild planting and grafting--and his passion for what he does is contagious.

This workshop is offered by the Living Arts School, a folk school in Boulder County.

No experience necessary. Please bring a pair of pruning shears and a notebook & pen. For participants ages 14 and older, minimum of 4 participants, maximum of 15.

Cost: $45

To register for this workshop, please visit: http://www.livingartsschool.com/register/?ee=37

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