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Pruning Deciduous Fruit Trees
UCSC Hay Barn
Santa Cruz, CA
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When growing a fruit tree, most gardeners spend more time pruning and training their trees than any other single activity. It's no wonder that most "pomology" texts devote 15-25% of their content to these considerable underpinnings.

On the other hand, most home gardening fruit tree books are lacking in both depth and detail when it comes to the topics of pruning and training. Although studies have shown that trees in the landscape have a calming effect on people, the average backyard grower may feel anxious, overwhelmed, confused, and even defeated by the seemingly daunting task of pruning.

Fear not!

This workshop, led by Alan Chadwick Garden Manager Orin Martin, will enable you to select, plant, grow and manage healthy, productive deciduous fruit trees organically. Orin will be assisted by Jordy Pastor who is an apprentice program alum
and former Orchard Keepers employee. Jordy is presently managing Everett Family Farm and orchards.

Students will leave with confidence about the basic concepts of fruit tree care as well as the do's and don'ts of pruning; large and small, young and old.

You will have an opportunity to see a live winter pruning demonstration focused on pome fruits (apples and pears) and stone fruits (prunes, plum, pluots, apricots and apriums, peaches and nectarines).

Orin will explain "how to" using a methodical walk through of how to prune and shape trees as well as the "whys" with a little  of the science thrown in.

Each student will go home with a series of informative handouts and Orin's new book, Fruit Trees for Every Garden, will be available for sale.

Workshop Cost:
Cost of the workshop is $30 general admission; $20 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members, and certified UC Master Gardeners;  $5 for UCSC students.

Or pay at the door (cash or check only): $40 for general public; $30 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members and UC Master Gardeners; $15 for UCSC students.

Click here if you're interested in finding out about how to join the Friends of the Farm & Garden.

If you prefer to pre-register for this class by mail (no service charge), please send a check made payable to UC Regents to:

Vanessa Ackermann
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA  95064
attn: Fruit Tree Workshop

Please include your contact information (phone and email and city) with your check.

For directions to the Haybarn at the UCSC Farm on the UC Santa Cruz campus, please see the CASFS website.

Click here to see more 2019 UCSC Farm & Garden workshops.
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On-line registration for the Winter Fruit Tree Pruning has now ended. You are welcome to join us and pay at the door by cash or check.


UCSC Hay Barn (View)
94 Ranch View Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
United States


Education > Classes
Education > Workshops
Other > Green

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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