Images of pruning plants

Friday April 12, 2019
12 - 4 p.m.
Saturday April 13, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Kent/MSU Extension
775 Ball Avenue, NE
Grand Rapids 49503

Cost: $40.00 per participant  


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 is offering this pruning workshop to help you master the science (and a bit of the art) of pruning. MSU Extension Sr. Horticulture Educator, Rebecca Finneran, and Dan Davis, Garden Coordinator for MSUE’s Grand Ideas Garden, will lead this hands-on class. The workshop is designed to help participants learn best practices for pruning and the proper equipment for each job.  The classroom time is followed by a hands-on outdoor lab where students will learn to apply techniques and practice skills.   Woodland Tree Services, ISA Certified Arborists, will also join us to demonstrate correct (and safe!) tree trimming practices.

Certified/Re-certified MSU Extension Master Gardener attendees will earn 4 continuing education hours (to be reported using the VMS project of Environmental Stewardship: IPM General).

Register today to learn more about when and how to prune.

Registration deadline: April 10, 2019 or when workshop is full.
No registrations at the door. 

Payment by Credit Card (Debit cards requiring a PIN are not accepted): Recommended, via this secure MSU payment site to expedite your seat reservation. To ensure your transaction is processed, please enter your personal information exactly as shown on the credit card and do not include dashes or spaces when entering your credit card number. You will receive confirmation of transaction approval upon completion of the payment process. 

Payment by Check/Money Order: Postmark deadline is April 3, 2019. Your seat is not reserved until your balance is paid in full. 

Make payment to MSU and mail your payment to:

MSU ANR Event Services - 2019 Pruning Workshop - GR
Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture
446 W. Circle Drive, Room 11
East Lansing, MI  48824

Refund Policy - for Prunng Workshop

  • A full refund, less a $10 processing fee, will be issued for any registration cancelled up to 7 days before the workshop.
  • No refund will be issued for any registration cancelled within 7 days of the workshop.
  • No refund will be issued for any registration cancelled after the workshop has started.
  • Substitutions allowed.
Tools Purchase

Tools for Purchase

Registration for Tools Purchase is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2019.

There are 4 openings available.


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 information contact Deb Gulick with Kent MSU Extension at 775 Ball NE in Grand Rapids, MI 49503, or 616-632-7880.

For Smart Gardeing Tools Purchase contact Angela Van Order at