Apple pruning workshop to be led by Camden treekeeper

Mar 27, 2014
Doug Johnson of Camden's TREEKEEPERS, LLC will lead a pruning workshop in Brooksville.

Brooksville — The Good Life Center’s fifth annual apple pruning workshop will take place Sunday, April 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at the Helen and Scott Nearing Homestead on Cape Rosier in Brooksville.

This coincides with fruit trees’ dormant season which is the proper time to prune.

Founding workshop organizer and instructor Douglas N. Johnson will demonstrate pruning equipment and discuss pruning for aesthetics, restoration, and safety. He oversees tree management of the Nearing property, including the small orchard they planted in the 1980s.

Johnson is a Maine-licensed arborist, ISA Certified Arborist, ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified, and senior arborist with TREEKEEPERS LLC of Camden.

This year’s special guest, orchardist Phil Norris, will describe his method of pruning for fruit production, calling on his experience with apple and other fruit trees on the Blue Hill Peninsula. Norris cares for his own orchard in East Blue Hill, leads fruit pruning workshops for MOFGA, and serves as Blue Hill’s Tree Warden.

Attendees should bring bypass (not anvil) hand pruners and a lunch — beverage will be provided. There will be ample time for questions. Pre-registration is recommended by contacting Johnson at 236-6855. Workshop location is 372 Harborside Road, Brooksville.

For more information about the Center, go to goodlife.org or call 326-8211.

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