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Structural Pruning

Schedule and location

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sycamore Room, Visitor Center

  • Section A: Saturday, November 2, 2019
  • Section B: Thursday, November 14, 2019

Fees and Registration

$65.00 member
$76.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course description

Late autumn is one of the best times to prune for plant structure. The foliage has fallen, revealing the limbs and form of the plant.

In this workshop you will learn structural pruning techniques for specimen shrubs, small ornamental trees, and young trees. Learn to maintain the plant's natural character and create a strong branch structure, eliminating future problems. Get hands-on practice in the field with a trained horticulturist.


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Katrina Lewin, horticulturist, The Morton Arboretum

Katrina Lewin has a Bachelor's degree in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Illinois and has been a horticulturist at The Morton Arboretum since 2004.  She enjoys teaching pruning and plant identification classes and is a frequent speaker at local garden clubs.

Course details

Notes: Held indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather, including sun protection. Be prepared to walk on chipped trails and uneven terrain. Bring a sack lunch. Limit 16

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