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Adult Opportunities

Introduction to Pruning (online and in person)

Practice correct pruning techniques and learn which plants to prune now and, more important, which to prune later.

Content Detail

Known as dormant pruning, thoughtful removal of branches in winter is easy and encourages proper spring growth. In this class, you will complete a short online component at your convenience before the in-person session. In-person class time will be spent in the field with an expert, who will demonstrate what to prune and how to do it. Then put on your gloves, grab some pruners, and try it yourself!

This program includes a self-paced online component and an on-site session.

Instructor: Eric Schroeder, horticulturist, The Morton Arboretum

Age: 16 and older


Eric Schroeder, horticulturist, The Morton Arboretum

Eric Schroder’s earliest memories include an affinity for the outdoors, yet he deviated into the digital realm of virtual environments for fourteen years before the allure of fresh air and photosynthesis drew him back out into the sunlight to join the Display Horticulture crew at The Morton Arboretum, where he maintained trees and shrubs from 2013 to 2022. Now a certified arborist, Eric aspires to “dendro-centrically” snap his synapses around the resilient nature of trees, and ponder observations with others.

What to Know

This program includes an online component you will complete on your own, and one scheduled in-person field session.

Please provide a unique email address for each registrant at registration. Participants must have access to the internet, know how to use a web browser (ex: Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer), and know how to send and receive email.

Registrants will receive an email with instructions on how to access Treelearning, the Arboretum’s online learning portal. Access begins at noon on Thursday, March 2, 2023, and lasts for 60 days.

Complete self-paced activities, such as e-learning modules, reading material, short videos, interactive activities, and quizzes to check your understanding. The self-paced activities do not need to be completed in one sitting. Your instructor will not be online with you. Complete the online component before the in-person session. It should take about 60 minutes.

Please dress for the weather during the in-person session, with long sleeves, long pants, and sturdy footwear. Sunscreen and insect repellent may come in handy.
Bring water, a snack, and materials for taking notes in the field.

Program Schedule

Thursday, March 2, 2023, noon Central time: Access self-paced materials online.

Saturday, March 11, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to noon: Meet in person at the Arboretum.


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