Arborist Travis Hamilton will lead a fall pruning workshop at Merryspring Nature Center Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m.  to noon.

Late autumn is a good time to prune trees, but each tree is different. Hamilton’s outdoor class is a comprehensive tree care program. It is designed to teach beginners how to select good pruning tools, which trees can be pruned in fall, how to avoid preventing spring blooms, and how to promote new growth in the following year. Hamilton will also speak about pruning safety, the need for tree inspections, and what exactly is urban forestry.

This is an outdoor program. Guests should wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes.

Hamilton is the owner and operator of ArborTech in Searsmont. He has been working with trees since 2001, and since 2005 has climbed trees competitively in both the Maine Climbing Competition and the New England Climbing Competition. He is the 2014 Maine State Champion Tree Climber. He aims to make safety and care paramount to his tree work.

This program is part of the Weekend Workshop series at Merryspring, sponsored by Camden Real-Estate. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. The cost for this class is $10 for the general public, with a discounted rate of $5 for members of Merryspring.

For more information on this program or any others, please contact info@merryspring.org or call 236-2239.