Seasonal Pruning Workshops

Date: April 17, 2021 - November 20, 2021 at Apr 17 10:30 am to 12:00 pm May 23 Jul 17 Nov 20 10:30 am to 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Presented By: Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Seasonal Pruning Workshops

This class will be held outdoors in the gardens (During cooler seasons an inside space will be available)

Max Participation: 10 people

Apr 17 10:30 am to 12:00 pm May 23 Jul 17 Nov 20 10:30 am to 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm   

$30 members / $40 non-members per session                                                                                                                              

Instructor:  Reed Pugh

Throughout the year it is important to prune different plants. This series of workshops will focus on the essentials of when and how to prune those plants. We will use selected shrubs and trees at Tower Hill to discuss and practice our pruning skills. Each workshop will cover making proper cuts, different forms of pruning and most importantly pruning plants at the correct time. We will focus on plants that can be pruned at that specific time to improve their health, vitality, and flowering. You will visit several plants and learn about how we would prune depending upon desired objectives. On select plants we will practice making some actual cuts. These workshops will be specific to plant Genus that are commonly grown in gardens in New England and will provide you with a clear understanding of why it is important to prune plants at the correct time of year. The timing of each class is at the beginning of the pruning window so you will have time to go home and work with what you have learned.

                                                                                                                                                                                    There are 5 workshops throughout the year. Signup for one or all five.

Late Winter (Mid-February) - Late summer and fall flowering/fruiting shrubs and trees that flower on current season's growth (new wood). Non-flowering evergreens. Renovative pruning on certain plants. Specific plants may include: Clethra, Winterberry, Rose of Sharon, Hydrangea, Boxwood, Holly, Juniper, Dogwood shrubs, Beautyberry


Early Spring (Mid-April) - Early Spring flowering shrubs that flower on previous season's growth (old wood). Renovative pruning on certain plants. Specific plants may include: Forsythia, Witch-hazel, Early Azalea/Rhododendron,


Late-Spring (Late-May) - Bulk of our spring flowering shrubs and trees that flower on previous season's growth (old wood). Specific plants may include: Rhododendron, Azalea, Viburnum, Red Bud, Dogwood, Lilac, Enkianthus


Summer (Mid-July) - Late-Spring and Summer flowering plants, ornamental trees and evergreens. Specific plants may include: Holly, Hydrangea, Mountain Laurel, Weigela, Spirea, non-flowering evergreens, Japanese Maple, Magnolia and other ornamental trees.


Late-Fall (Late-November) - Dormant pruning for many deciduous trees and shrubs. Pruning for winter. Plants may include ornamental trees and shrubs and late flowering shrubs.


Instructor Bio: Reed's first career was in Advertising in NYC, but after moving to San Francisco 25 years ago, he made a life-altering change and went back to school for Ornamental Horticulture. Over the years in San Francisco and Boston he has worked in multiple nurseries, had his own design, installation and maintenance businesses on both coasts, managed a 30 acre historic private estate in Brookline, and managed one of the top fine-gardening companies in New England. Reed has been a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist (MCH).

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