Part one of this two-part fruit tree pruning class will cover basic fruit tree anatomy as well as tree shape and structure planning. Participants will learn how to prune young trees as well as how to rejuvenate old or mismanaged trees. The class will focus on apples, cherries, peaches and pears. Beginning with a lecture at Polly Hill Arboretum, the program will move to the Grey Barn orchard for the hands-on portion. Bring work gloves and safety glasses and dress for the weather. The Arboretum will provide pruners, saws, loppers and ladders. Pre-register.
The class will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Part two of the class will take place in June, and will cover fruit tree management and growth control techniques for a maximally productive tree. Participants may attend one or both.
Saturday, March 23 at 9:00am to 12:00pm
Polly Hill Arboretum
809 State Road, West Tisbury, MA 02575