SP20 Pruning Woody Plants in the Home Landscape

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Tuesday March 24

1:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

Pruning Woody Plants in the Home Landscape

Instructor: Arthur Joura

Tuesday, March 24, 1 – 4 p.m.

$44 Member | $54 Non-member

Limit: 20 students

BREG Elective - 3 Hours


Correctly pruning woody trees and shrubs improves their general appearance and promotes better health. Pruning done poorly, however, creates problems. Students will learn about three critical elements of correct pruning—tools, techniques and timing—as well as aesthetic considerations. The Arboretum’s Bonsai Exhibition Garden will serve as an outdoor classroom to exemplify what good pruning can do in a landscape. The class also includes a live demonstration in which a specimen tree will be thoroughly pruned in preparation for the growing season. 

Arthur Joura joined the Arboretum staff in April of 1990, and has been the bonsai curator since 1992. He led the design team for the Arboretum's Bonsai Exhibition Garden and has since overseen its continued development. Joura’s educational background is in fine art. Joura studied bonsai with some of the leading bonsai authorities in the United States and and in Japan. He has toured extensively as a lecturer and teacher, and has been featured on UNC-TV and in numerous regional and national publications for his work with the collection. Joura continues to administer the annual Carolina Bonsai Expo at the Arboretum.


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