Join us to learn the fundamentals of tree pruning and methods to encourage healthy tree structure. Trees with good structure are more resistant to storms and other natural forces. Learn from horticulturalists at National Park Service who grow and nurture the stock of American elms to be planted on park land including the National Mall.
The workshop starts indoors with an introduction to the basics of tree pruning to promote good structure. Then participants will head outdoors and practice these principles by pruning American elms at different stages of development. This will involve the use of manual tools ranging from hand pruners to pole saws.
Put these new pruning skills to use this summer! We need your help to restore the historic cherry trees along the Tidal Basin. You will receive an invitation to help prune the suckers off of these famous trees.
From DC head south on the George Washington Memorial Parkway/Hwy 400. Approximately 0.3 miles beyond Reagan National Airport, turn left across the Parkway and the Mt Vernon Trail onto Marina Drive. Bear right then turn right, away from the marina, and continue beyond the DO NOT ENTER signs to the nursery facility. Cyclists are encouraged to come on their two-wheelers as the Mount Vernon Trail provides easy access.
Melissa Westbrook, Horticulturist, National Park Service
Barry Stahl, Retired Horticulturist, National Park Service
Who Should Attend?
Open to the general public for anyone interested in learning how to prune young trees using hand tools.
- All attendees must sign a completed Volunteer Waiver Form before participating. Please bring a completed waiver to the class to expedite the registration process. Waivers will be available onsite in the event you forget.
- No specific skills required. The hands-on portion of this event will begin with a tool safety demonstration followed by pruning instruction.
- This event will take place rain, snow or shine barring severe weather so please dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather and wear closed toe shoes. Participants will start the day indoors for an hour of classroom instruction before heading outdoors for the hands-on portion of the training. For predicted inclement weather participants will be notified in advance if the workshop is being rescheduled for its snow date on Saturday, February 18th.
All attendees will be provided with a light breakfast. Please note your dietary preferences and/or allergies when registering so we can attempt to accommodate your needs.
Continuing Education Credits
ISA Continuing Education Credits available.
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