Have you just planted a new tree but you’re not sure what you need to do to train it into an attractive and healthy shape? Or did you plant it several years ago now you’re wondering what to do since you haven’t done any pruning since then? What about that overgrown lilac that no longer has that profusion of fragrant blooms you recall from years ago? Or that clump of dogwoods that is starting to look overgrown and unattractive? This workshop will begin by looking at how trees and shrubs in your yard grow so that you can use those principles to learn how to prune them to keep them healthy and attractive. We will be looking at examples throughout the garden to see how these techniques can be applied to plants common in Wausau landscaping. I will also be demonstrating pruning techniques and the tools that you will find helpful. Bring your notebook and questions so that you will ready to shape up your yard this spring and summer!
Wes is a retired high school science teacher who continues to teach as a substitute for the Wausau district, providing after-school science programs, and educating the community at Monk Botanical Gardens. He has a BS in Botany from the University of California, Davis where he developed his love for plants working at the campus arboretum. He also holds two masters degrees, one in Botany from UW Madison and the second in Education from Northwestern University.
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