Adult Opportunities

Pruning Perennial Flowers

Grow stronger perennial plants and get more blooms with pruning.

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Improve the appearance of your flowering perennials by learning how to prune them. It’s a common misconception that once planted, perennials will thrive with just watering and mulch. However, many perennials flop, grow too tall, or fade unless they are pruned. From early bloomers to fall favorites, many perennials benefit from seasonal pruning. Pruning improves the strength of plants to reduce flopping, maintains an appealing shape and size, and encourages robust, longer-lasting blooming.

In this gardening class at The Morton Arboretum, participants will learn which perennials benefit from pruning and the proper pruning techniques to use for different plants. Instructor Marcy Stewart-Pyziak will demonstrate these techniques on live plants in the classroom and on the Arboretum’s grounds. Take home these tips and keep your garden vibrant and attractive all season long.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Marcy Stewart-Pyziak, horticulturist

Age: 16 and older

Course number: H191


Marcy Stewart-Pyziak, horticulturist

Marcy Stewart-Pyziak has a degree in horticulture from the University of Illinois and was a horticulturist with the University of Illinois extension service. She has taught classes at the Arboretum and the Chicago Botanic Garden since 1994, and she currently teaches at the College of DuPage. She designs, installs, and maintains landscapes in the Chicago area.

What to Know

This program meets indoors and outdoors. Check the forecast and dress for the weather.

Program Schedule

Friday, June 14, 2024, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cudahy Room, Administration and Research Center


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