Workshops and Presentations

Below is a list of pruning workshops and presentations given by Maryann. If you would like her to present to your group about aesthetic pruning or instruct an aesthetic pruning workshop please contact her at 971-266-9646 or maryann@maryannlewis.com. References available upon request.

WORKSHOPS

Upcoming pruning class: April 21, 2018

  • Aesthetic Pruning of Flowering Trees and Shrubs will cover aesthetic pruning principles and techniques applicable to flowering trees and shrubs. Learn how to get the most out of your flowers as well as keep your plant healthy and in scale to your garden. We will review some of the most common flowering trees and shrubs in the Portland area but also learn how to decipher and come up with a pruning plan for those less common. The class will be inside but time and weather permitting we will look at some of the flowering trees and shrubs in and around the Gresham Japanese Garden. Bring something to take notes with and water or a snack for the short 15 minute break. The class will be located at the Gresham Japanese Garden Resource Center at 219 S. Main Avenue, Gresham OR  97080. $40.00, from 1:00 to 4:30. April 21, 2018. Click here to register.

Past Workshops

  • Introduction to Aesthetic Pruning will cover aesthetic pruning principles and techniques applicable to any woody plant and many garden styles. We will cover basic tree biology, tools, safety, and decipher seasonal tasks. Learn how to use three types of cuts to achieve your pruning goals and develop a long term plan for fostering your woody plants.The class will be inside. An outline will be provided but bring something to take notes with. The class will be located at the Gresham Japanese Garden Resource Center at 219 S. Main Avenue, Gresham OR  97080. $40.00, from 1:00 to 4:30. January 27, 2018
  • American Conifer Society Western Region Meeting 2017 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon. The workshop is an ACS pre-meeting event limited to two session of four people each. Workshop attendees will learn about the application of aesthetic pruning principles with a focus on aesthetic pruning of conifers. Visit the ACS Western Region website for more information and registration. June 1, 2017
  • North American Japanese Garden Association presents, Branching Out in the South: Pruning Small Trees and Shrubs in the Japanese Tradition. The workshop was held at the Sara P. Duke Gardens, Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, Durham, North Carolina. October 22 & 23rd, 2015
  • North American Japanese Garden Association presents, The Phoenix Rises: A skills development workshop on moss gardening, aesthetic pruning and small stone design. The workshop was hosted at the historic Garden of the Phoenix on the Wooded Island in Jackson Park, Chicago. October 16, 2014
  • Marin Master Gardeners Pruning Guild. Instructor for the pruning guild at Falkirk Cultural Center in 2013 and Marin Primary in 2014.

PRESENTATIONS

  • The Impact of the APA on the Aesthetic Pruning Community. Presented as the third member of a panel with Randall Lee and Grant Foerster. Aesthetic Pruners Association: Doing Well by Doing Good. Presented at the North American Japanese Garden Association biennial conference: Towards a Healthier World, Japanese Gardens as Places for Wellness and Transformation. Held at the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens Delray Beach, Florida. March 7-8, 2016
  • Aesthetic Pruning. Pleasant Hill Garden Study Club. One hour slide presentation and short demonstration about aesthetic pruning. August 4, 2015
  • The Influence of Aesthetic Pruning: Integration of indoor and outdoor spaces with aesthetic pruning concepts. Presented to the high school floral students of Central High School Agriculture Department as part of a series of presentations for the Youth Aesthetic Pruning course. The series of classes were held outdoors at the Shinzen Friendship Garden in Woodward Park, Fresno California.
  • Go Wild with Conifers and Liven up Your Garden all Year Long. Presented with Sara Malone of Form and Foliage at the 2015 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show.
  • Introduction to Aesthetic Pruning. A one hour pruning demonstration using aesthetic pruning principals.  Presented to the Livermore-Amador Valley Garden Club in Pleasanton California.
  • The Art of Aesthetic Pruning. An APA presentation with Bruce Thompson at the 2014 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show.
  • The Influence and Application of Aesthetic Pruning. Presented at North American Japanese Garden Association conference New Pathways: The Role of the Japanese Garden for Society and Self. Held at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. October 16th-18th 2014.
2015 NAJGA pruning workshop.

2015 NAJGA pruning workshop. Photo by Dina Blackwell.