Adult Programs

Structural Pruning (online and in person)

Learn best practices for structural pruning and get hands-on practice with a combination of online and in-person classes at The Morton Arboretum.

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Learn best practices for structural pruning and get hands-on practice with a combination of online and in-person classes at The Morton Arboretum. 

Late autumn is one of the best times to prune for plant structure. The foliage has fallen, revealing the limbs and form of the plant. 

In this workshop you will learn structural pruning techniques for specimen shrubs, small ornamental trees, and young trees. Learn to maintain the plant’s natural character and create a strong branch structure, eliminating future problems. 

Get started at home with self-paced online materials, which will cover key principles, techniques, and vocabulary with interactive e-learning modules and videos. Then get hands-on practice in the field with a trained horticulturist on the grounds of The Morton Arboretum. 

How Online Classes Work:

  • To access the online materials, you will log into TreeLearning, the Arboretum’s online learning portal. Instructions for accessing TreeLearning will be sent to registrants on the day the course begins. You have access to the online course materials for 60 days.
  • Complete self-paced e-learning modules with reading material, short videos, interactive activities, and quizzes to check your understanding. 
  • The self-guided portion will take approximately 90 minutes. It does not need to be completed in one sitting, but you must complete it before your in-person class session. 
  • Held online and outdoors. 
  • The online materials will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. 
  • Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. (Central time) the day before the scheduled course start date. 
  • Participants will have access to the online materials for 60 days after the course start date.
  • For your in-person session, please dress for the weather. Be prepared to walk on chipped trails and uneven terrain. 
  • Limit 16

Requirements:

  • Must have access to the internet and provide a unique email address for each registrant at registration.  
  • Must know how to use a web browser (ex: Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer) and how to send and receive email. 
  • You will receive an email with log-in information at noon on the day the online materials become available. Complete the online materials before you arrive for the in-person session. 
  • Plan to spend about 60 minutes completing the online material. Students will have access to the online materials for 60 days after the first day they access the course. 

Eric Schroeder, horticulturist, The Morton Arboretum

Branching above, tip-rooting below: Eric’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 grounds crew at The Morton Arboretum, where he has maintained trees, shrubs, and perennial trial gardens since 2013.

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