Pruning 101


Our new hands-on pruning workshop will be led by expert landscape arborist Marcus James, whose work has featured in “House and Garden” magazine, and on national television. Marcus will be sharing pruning techniques and approaches that he has developed himself over the last 35 years since formally qualifying as an arborist in 1987.

Session 1: Principles of Successful Pruning (10am to 12:30pm)
Designed to demystify the ancient art of pruning, we will cover the general principles – applicable to everything from fruit trees to roses, to specimen trees. We will look at when cutting back is appropriate – and when not. This includes the consideration of tree form and its vital importance to the tree.
Participants will learn how to perform and recognize the three types of cut and how to care for and sharpen their tools.

Session 2: Pruning Fruit Trees (1pm to 2:30pm)
During the afternoon session, we will focus on fruit trees and will also cover the art of topiary. This is where a tree’s natural form is modified to suit a particular purpose. Warrah Farm’s citrus and espaliered apples will provide the platform for the afternoon’s work. The session also covers establishment techniques for espalier. This is the most productive of fruiting techniques, and it also has the smallest “footprint”. Picking fruit from espalier is easier than picking from any other tree shape. Marcus will go on to discuss the importance of knowing the ‘age’ of the wood that a tree will fruit upon, and the difference that light makes.

Workshop Format:
Participants are welcome to attend either one or both sessions.

Participant Checklist:
Notebook and pen
Closed-toe footwear
Gardening “dress”
Plate for shared lunch
A smile

Date: Saturday 31 July 2021*

Venue: Warrah Farm 

Cost: $50 for each or $90 for both 

More information and bookings:
Contact Debbie Tschepen
Phone: 9651 3869

* Date subject to change in inclement weather