Pruning Fruit Trees

Sunday, January 8, 10 AM – noon, Sand Point Magnuson Park; Building 406 (The Brig)

This class covers the basics of fruit tree pruning, covering apple, cherry, plum and pear trees. For more information: Email Plant Amnesty for more information or call 206-783-9813

2012 Northwest Flower & Garden Show – “A Floral Symphony”

Wednesday, February 8 – Saturday, Feb 11,  9 AM – 8 PM;  Sunday, February 12, 9 AM – 6 PM at the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show has heralded the start of spring since 1989. Enjoy a respite from winter doldrums by visiting six acres of Show Gardens, created by the most respected garden designers and landscapers of the region. The Marketplace has over 300 exhibitors with the latest tools and accessories. The Show is renowned for its large roster of free horticulture Seminars.  Tickets are available for purchase online, at a ticket outlet, or call 1-800-343-6973 to order. For more information, visit

Introduction to Landscape Tree Identification

Saturday, February 18, 12 PM – 3 PM,  Graham Visitor Center, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle

A brief presentation covering tree ID basics with pictures and specimens, followed by a walk in the Arboretum for a hands-on experience to reinforce what was covered during the presentation and provide the chance to see some noteworthy trees in a natural setting. Cost: $40 (Early Bird Discount); $45 after February 12. More information and to register

Pruning Woody Plants 

Tuesday, February 21, 9 AM – 3 PM,  Graham Visitor Center, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle, WA 98112

This is a basic overview of pruning techniques of woody plants in urban settings. The class, taught by professional arborists, includes an indoor lecture and an outdoor demonstration of topics covered in the lecture, including specific information on structural pruning of young trees and techniques to prune a variety of shrub species. Please dress for the weather. This is part of a professional horticulture continuing education series. Cost: $70 includes lunch; Pre-Registration Required. Information and phone registration: 206-685-8033  or visit the online registration page . ISA credits pending.


March 21-23, Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre in Parksville, Vancouver Island, B.C.

The conference targets arborists, foresters, horticulturalists, landscape architects & designers, master gardeners, land planners, and managers. Workshops with nationally acclaimed speakers; Keynote by Dr. Kathy Wolf. For more information contact

UW Campus Tree Tour with Arthur Lee Jacobson

Sunday, April 8, 2 PM – 4 PM

The enormous UW campus has tremendous diversity of trees–more than 500 different kinds. The tour, led by noted author, Arthur Lee Jacobson, will encounter many fascinating specimens including old friends like flowering cherry trees, and one-of-a-kind rarities such as the Chilean soapbark tree. Participants will meet at the base of the George Washington statue (near the Henry Art Gallery and 15th Ave NE & NE Campus Parkway). Join in an after-tour social hour, (optional). Register online  or call 206-685-8033. Cost: $25 (Early Bird Discount); $35 after March 25


Workshop instructor Gary Moulton, tree fruit scientist, consultant and, former manager of the Westside tree fruit program at WSU’s Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center, will teach three classes this spring, (listed below). All classes are held at Ed’s Apples, 13420 339th Ave. S.E., Sultan, (just off State Route 2). For more information on the orcharding series, contact Andrew Corbin at or 425-357-6012.

NOTE: Space is limited for all workshops and advance registration and pre-payment is required, (includes a box lunch).

Orcharding on the West Side

* Saturday, January 22, 9 AM – 4 PM

Topics: basics of tree fruit production, fruit types and varieties, rootstocks, nutrient management, pest management, orchard layout, pruning and harvest indices. $75 per person, register online

Dormant Pruning

* Saturday, February 26,10 AM – 3 PM

Topics: the basics of pruning emphasis on goals and techniques of dormant pruning, the physiology of a tree’s response to pruning, what to look for in deciding whether to prune. $65 per person, register online.


* Saturday, April 14, 10 AM – 3 PM

Topics: different types of grafting, choosing and taking scion wood, choosing a receptor site, and making the graft and sealing it properly. Participants will practice grafting indoors, and then move outdoors to work on larger trees. Dress appropriately and bring gloves and a grafting knife, or purchase one at the workshop for $15. $75 per person, register online.


“Trees: A Global Necessity” – International Society of Arboriculture Annual International Conference and Tree Climbing World Championship

August 11-15, 2012, Portland, OR

Mark your calendars now for the 2012 International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Annual International Conference, Trade Show, and Tree Climbing World Championships. The conference schedule includes an Arbor Fair, and Educational Sessions. Visit ISA’s website for more information.

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