Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Pruning 101 and Advanced Pruning Techniques (Two-Day Workshop)

March 18, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

The Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest is excited to host a two-day hands-on pruning workshop. George Brenn, owner of Four Seasons Landscaping in Valparaiso and Chairman of the Indiana Accredited Horticulturist Program, will guide participants through classroom instruction and field demonstrations.


Session One—Saturday, March 18

Receive an introduction to the basic principles of pruning, including how and when to prune, how plants will respond, types of pruners, tools needed, the differences between fall bud and spring bud, and apical dominance. The day will end with hands-on practice on branches brought into the building. This part of the workshop will be held indoors at the Gabis Arboretum Depot Building.

Session Two—Saturday, April 1

Participants will put pruning techniques into practice on certain plants in the arboretum’s Welcome Garden and Railway Garden. This part of the workshop will be held outdoors. Participants should dress for field work.

Participants must attend both sessions. This workshop qualifies for four continuing education credits (CEU’s) for the Indiana Nursery & Landscape Association (INLA).

Program Fee (Includes Both Sessions)

  • $20 per arboretum member/$25 per non-member.

Class size is limited to 30.

Meet the Instructors

  • George Brenn (owner of Four Seasons Landscaping in Valparaiso and Chairman of the Indiana Accredited Horticulturist Program)
  • John Bachmann (Senior Grounds & Landscape Manager for Purdue University Northwest and Certified Arborist)
  • Sarah Reed (Grounds & Facilities Lead for the Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest)

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is a great source of information for anyone looking to learn how to prune to experts learning how to fine-tune their skills. Perfect for homeowners, groundskeepers, horticulturists, landscape professionals and others.

To request a disability-related accommodation for this event, please contact the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at edi@pnw.edu or (219) 785-5545 five days prior to the event.


March 18, 2023
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Event Category(s):
Event Tags:
, , , ,


Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest
View Organizer Website