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two part Orchard pruning class

Working in conjunction with Polly Hill Arboretum we are so excited to be able to offer a two part orchard pruning class. Students can attend both classes or just one.

class 1

March 4, 2017

10am - 2pm

This first class will start at Polly Hill Arboretum for the first hour,  then the class will head on over to The Grey Barn. The first class will cover basic fruit tree anatomy and what shape/structure you want your fruit trees to be. The focus of this class will be on the structural pruning of young and old trees. After the initial classroom lecture we will head into the field and get hands on demonstration and practice for all students. Everyone should bring a drink, lunch and/or snack. Please dress appropriately for the weather and participants should bring work gloves and safety glasses. Polly Hill will supply pruners, saws, loppers and ladders.

Participants may attend one or both. $30 for PHA members, $40 for non-members. Park and meet at the Visitor Center. Space is limited; please call to preregister: 508-693-9426.

The rain date will be March 11 from 10am-2pm.

class 2

June 22, 2017

10am - 2pm

This class will also start with a short lecture at Polly Hill Arboretum and it will be on fruit tree management and how to control the growth to have a more productive fruit tree.  We will cover how the trees set buds and what type of wood they produce fruit on.  When we get into the Grey Barn Orchard will look at what we did in March and see how that influenced the tree and learn the next steps for proper management.  Participants will get a hands on demonstration as well as hands on practice.  Again participants are suggested to bring plenty to drink, lunch and/or snacks. Please dress appropriately for the weather and participants should bring work gloves and safety glasses.  Polly Hill will supply pruners, saws, loppers and ladders.

Participants may attend one or both. $30 for PHA members, $40 for non-members. Park and meet at the Visitor Center. Space is limited; please call to preregister: 508-693-9426.

Rain date not yet announced.