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2021 Interactive Pruning Workshop for Smart Gardeners

Three dates from which to choose:
Friday, Jan. 15, 2021
12 - 4 p.m. EST

Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST

Friday Jan. 29, 2021
12 - 4.p.m. EST
This interactive online workshop will be presented 
VIA an easily downloadable ZOOM format
(instructions will be sent to registrants prior to the workshop they have selected)

Cost: $40.00 per participant  


Pruning is an important cultural practice used to maintain health, safety, vigor and appearance of woody plants. It involves both art and science – art, in shaping plants in harmony with their growth habit 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 better understand the science behind pruning and a bit of the art.  MSU Extension Sr. Horticulture Educator, Rebecca Finneran will lead this interactive on-line Zoom class. The workshop is designed to help participants learn best practices for pruning and the proper equipment it takes for each job. The workshop will take place live, online and you will be able to ask questions and interact with the instructor. One highlight will be the student's ability to submit photos for discussion and analysis.

Technology Requirements: Below are recommendation for the optimal interactive online learning experience:
   *  A computer, laptop or tablet with the latest version of your browser
   *   A reliable, internet connection - broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
   *  Webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USP plug-in
   *  Speakers and a microphone - built-in or USB plug-in

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).

For your convenience, this workshop is being offered on two different days.
To learn more about when and how to prune, register today for the workshop that best fits your schedule. If you miss the registration deadlines or the workshops fill quickly, please make sure to add your name to the waiting list. Another date is being held in the future in order to accommodate everyone.

Registration deadline:  Jan. 15th workshop: Jan. 13, 2021 or when the workshop is full.

Registration deadline:  Jan. 23rd workshop: Jan. 21, 2021 or when the workshop is full.

Registration deadline:  Jan. 29th workshop: Jan. 27, 2021 or when the workshop is full.

With MSU Extension staff working virtually, check payments are not able to be processed in a timely manner therefore the workshop fee must be paid by credit card.

Payment by Credit Card (Debit cards requiring a PIN are not accepted) via this secure MSU payment site to expedite your 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. 

Your registration is not reserved until your balance is paid in full. 

Refund Policy - for the Pruning 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.

Registration for the January 2021 Pruning Workshop is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on January 27, 2021.

There are no 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 at