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Pruning is an important cultural practice for maintaining the health, vigor and appearance of woody plants. It involves both art and science - art, in shaping plants to enhance the landscape; and science in knowing how, when, where and why to prune for maximum benefit.

MSU Extension will host a pruning workshop on Friday, May 3, 2019 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the NW Michigan Horticultural Research Center (6686 S Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684 just north of Traverse City, near Bingham in Leelanau County). This workshop is geared towards homeowners and gardeners, and will help you master the science (and a bit of art) of pruning. MSU Extension Sr. Educator, Rebecca Finneran, will lead this workshop. Participants will spend time in the classroom learning best pruning practices and the best equipment for each job, and then move outdoors to apply the learning with hands-on pruning.  Participants should bring their own hand-held pruning shears if available, and wear weather-appropriate clothing to be both indoors and outdoors; rain or shine. The cost is $35 per person, and includes education, instruction and light refreshments. Spaces are limited and preregistration is required. 

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Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact Nate Walton at  231-256-9888 or