Author Archives: Maryann Lewis

About Maryann Lewis

Maryann Lewis is an Aesthetic Pruner living in Portland, Oregon. She has a passion for trees, architecture and nature.

Aesthetic Pruning of Flowering Trees and Shrubs Class

There is more to pruning flowering trees and shrubs than the prescribed once a year pruning to encourage flowering. Learn how to get the most out of your flowers as well as keep your plants healthy and in scale to … Continue reading

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How to prune a …

I bought my first pruning book before I ever owned a woody plant. I was taking aesthetic pruning classes at Merritt College in Oakland and being the quintessential book hoarder I bought two used books immediately. They sit nicely on … Continue reading

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Introduction to Aesthetic Pruning Class

Happy New Year! In 2018 I will be starting a series of aesthetic pruning classes. The first will be an introduction to aesthetic pruning. I will cover aesthetic pruning principles and techniques applicable to any woody plant and many garden … Continue reading

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Its been one year.

July 2015, my family and I packed up our worldly belongings and headed north to Portland Oregon. Claire, Goldie the goldfish, Suzie Q our dog and I in the car. Mark and our bunny Amelia in a Uhaul. It felt … Continue reading

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Go Wild with Conifers at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show!

This year I had the honor of presenting with Sara Malone (of Form and Foliage) at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. We talked about the various conifers that are perfect to grow in Northern California and how to … Continue reading

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Chicago Garden of the Phoenix Workshop

On October 15th I had the honor of being one of the APA aesthetic pruning instructors for the NAJGA hands-on workshop held in the Garden of the Phoenix in Jackson Park Chicago. It is a very historical garden built for … Continue reading

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May Maples

In the San Francisco Bay area May is a great time for spring pruning of Japanese maples of all kinds. Pruning this time of year sets them up for looking great the rest of the summer.         … Continue reading

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Conifer Garden

I have caught the conifer bug.  My recent membership to the American Conifer Society has opened my eyes to a whole world of shape, texture, color and intrigue. It satisfies every curiosity from macro to micro aesthetics and I have … Continue reading

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Thoughtful pruning of Japanese Maples

These two maples create a wonderful experience at the entry of this home.  In past years they had been sheared into a ball but then let to grow out again.  It left a lot of die-back in the interior.  I … Continue reading

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Japanese Maple Spring Pruning

Upon first glance, it might be hard to even tell this is a tree not a large shrub. Under previous ownership, it use to be sheared every year into a round ball. Now the goal is to have a more … Continue reading

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