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Merritt College Pruning Classes:

 

Pruning Classes 2017 & Spring 2018

 

December
  
12/02/17 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Aesthetic Pruning as a Career
Instructor: Chris Ingram
Business aspects of aesthetic pruning: Customer relations, fee structure, work schedule, equipment and long-term goals.
Location: Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department, Room H101
Fee: $39
Information: To register call 510-436-2418 or register in person at room H107 on campus 10 days in advance.
 

Spring 2018

 
January
  
01/27/18 - 9:30am - 4:20pm
Introduction to Aesthetic Pruning - LH800
Instructor: Chris Ingram
Introduction to aesthetic pruning of ornamental trees: Assessment of the tree and setting, timing and procedures for achieving a desired result.
Location: Merritt College Horticulture Department, Room H101
Fee: $78
Information: To register call 510-436-2418 or register in person at room H107 on campus 10 days in advance.
  
February
 
02/03/18 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Pruning Deciduous Fruit Trees - LH848
Instructor: Anders Vidstrand
Pruning of the majority of deciduous fruit trees grown in the Bay Area.
Location: Merritt College Horticulture Department, Room H101
Fee: $39
Information: To register call 510-436-2418 or register in person at room H107 on campus 10 days in advance.
  
02/10/18 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
The Art of the Wisteria - LH881
Instructor: Pete Churgel
Pruning and training of wisteria. Identification and discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of the different species of wisteria, and explanation of the growth and training methods to provide optimal flowering. Problem solving.
Location: Merritt College Horticulture Department, Room H101
Fee: $39
Information: To register call 510-436-2418 or register in person at room H107 on campus 10 days in advance.
  
02/24/18 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Finding the Essence of a Tree - LH803
Instructor: Pete Churgel
Identification of different tree forms such as slant, formal upright, windswept, and clump: Pruning techniques for these various forms.
Location: Merritt College Horticulture Department, Room H101
Fee: $39
Information: To register call 510-436-2418 or register in person at room H107 on campus 10 days in advance.
  
March
 
03/03/18 - 9:30am - 4:20pm
Introduction to Bonsai - LH839A
Instructor: Bill Castellon
Bonsai as an art and science: Five basic styles, branch placement of trees, scale of proportion, use of wire, pruning, transplanting, care.
Location: Merritt College Horticulture Department, Room H101
Fee: $78
Information: To register call 510-436-2418 or register in person at room H107 on campus 10 days in advance.
  
03/10/18 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
The Art of Pruning Deciduous Trees and Shrubs - LH801
Instructor: Chris Ingram
Study of the art of pruning deciduous trees: Dormant pruning of trees, pruning containerized trees and shrubs, techniques to improve winter silhouette.
Location: Merritt College Horticulture Department, Room H101
Fee: $39
Information: To register call 510-436-2418 or register in person at room H107 on campus 10 days in advance.
  
03/17/18 & 03/24/18 - 9:00am - 5:45pm
Pruning - LH26*
Instructor: Pete Churgel
Basic pruning techniques: Emphasis on pruning landscape plants; appreciation of good pruning of trees, shrubs, conifers, roses, berries, grapes.
Location: Merritt College Main Campus, Room H108
Fee: Credit based class
Information: Intensive 2 Saturday class; required for most certificates. Bring lunch, warm clothing & pruning shears. *NOTE: You must be enrolled as a current and active student in the Peralta system to take this class!
  
April
  
04/07/18 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Pruning Flowering Trees and Shrubs - LH804
Instructor: Jocelyn Cohen
Pruning, styling and care of most of the flowering trees & shrubs found in East Bay gardens: When to prune, selection of tree form, and fertilization.
Location: Merritt College Horticulture Department, Room H101
Fee: $39
Information: To register call 510-436-2418 or register in person at room H107 on campus 10 days in advance.
  
04/14/18 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Pruning Maples - LH810
Instructor: Pete Churgel
Study of the techniques needed to prune maple trees: Seasonal pruning, proper care, trouble analysis, winter silhouette and form enhancement.
Location: Merritt College Horticulture Department, Room H101
Fee: $39
Information: To register call 510-436-2418 or register in person at room H107 on campus 10 days in advance.
 
04/21/18 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Pruning Pines - LH811A
Instructor: Bill Castellon
Basic techniques of pruning ornamental pine trees, including styling, design and proper care.
Location: Merritt College Horticulture Department, Room H101
Fee: $39
Information: To register call 510-436-2418 or register in person at room H107 on campus 10 days in advance.
  
04/28/18 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
The Art of the Laceleaf Maple - LH891
Instructor: Yuki Nara
Study of the techniques needed to prune maple trees: Seasonal pruning, proper care, trouble analysis, winter silhouette and form enhancement.
Location: Merritt College Horticulture Department, Room H101
Fee: $39
Information: To register call 510-436-2418 or register in person at room H107 on campus 10 days in advance.
  
May
  
05/26/18 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Pruning California Native Trees and Shrubs - LH831
Instructor: Jocelyn Cohen
Study of the techniques needed to prune California native trees and shrubs: Seasonal pruning, proper care, trouble analysis, winter silhouette and form enhancement.
Location: Merritt College Horticulture Department, Room H101
Fee: $39
Information: To register call 510-436-2418 or register in person at room H107 on campus 10 days in advance.
  

Fall 2018 - Dates and Instructors TBA  

 
August
  
Date TBA - 9:30am - 12:30pm
The Art of the Focal Point Tree - LH812
Instructor:
In-depth study of the techniques needed to prune the focal point tree: Tree form, location, detail, pruning and special care.
Location: Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department, Room H101
Fee: $39
Information: To register call 510-436-2418 or register in person at room H107 on campus 10 days in advance.
  
September
  
Date TBA - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Pruning Conifers - LH818
Instructor:
Pruning of ornamental conifers: Seasonal pruning, and restoring and styling of conifers.
Location: Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department, Room H101
Fee: $39
Information: To register call 510-436-2418 or register in person at room H107 on campus 10 days in advance.
  
Date TBA - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Pruning Japanese Gardens - LH817
Instructor:
Basics of pruning plants found in Japanese gardens: Pruning specific types of plants, creating moods and feeling through pruning, problem solving.
Location: Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department, Room H101
Fee: $39
Information: To register call 510-436-2418 or register in person at room H107 on campus 10 days in advance.
  
Date TBA - 9:30am - 4:20pm
Rock Placement in the Landscape - LH805
Instructor: Bill Castellon
Theory and practice of placing rocks in the landscape: Includes tools and equipment used to place rocks.
Location: Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department, Room H101
Fee: $78
Information: To register call 510-436-2418 or register in person at room H107 on campus 10 days in advance.
 
Date TBA - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Pruning for the Big Picture - LH815
Instructor:
In-depth study of pruning for the big picture: General and detail pruning, depth of field, height and width, direction, relative importance of trees.
Location: Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department, Room H101
Fee: $39
Information: To register call 510-436-2418 or register in person at room H107 on campus 10 days in advance.
  
October
 
Dates TBA - 9:00am - 5:45pm
Pruning - LH26*
Instructor: Pete Churgel
Basic pruning techniques: Emphasis on pruning landscape plants; appreciation of good pruning of trees, shrubs, conifers, roses, berries, grapes.
Location: Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department, Room H108
Fee: - credit based class
Information: Intensive 2 Saturday class; required for most certificates. Bring lunch, warm clothing & pruning shears. *NOTE: You must be enrolled as a current and active student in the Peralta system to take this class!
  
Date TBA - 9:30am - 12:30pm
The Art of Tree and Shrub Reduction - LH819
Instructor:
Pruning techniques needed to reduce large trees and shrubs: Proper timing, form reconstruction, and plan of approach.
Location: Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department, Room H101
Fee: $39
Information: To register call 510-436-2418 or register in person at room H107 on campus 10 days in advance.
  
November
  
Date TBA - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Pruning Container Trees and Shrubs - LH816
Instructor:
In-depth study of pruning container trees and shrubs: Detail pruning, miniaturizing, caring, wiring, and positioning.
Location: Merritt College Horticulture Department, Room H101
Fee: $39
Information: To register call 510-436-2418 or register in person at room H107 on campus 10 days in advance.
  
December
  
Date TBA - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Aesthetic Pruning as a Career - LH823
Instructor:
Business aspects of aesthetic pruning: Customer relations, fee structure, work schedule, equipment and long-term goals.
Location: Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department, Room H101
Fee: $39
Information: To register call 510-436-2418 or register in person at room H107 on campus 10 days in advance.
  
  
♦To register for classes at Merritt College please call: 510-436-2418. All classes are taught at the Landscape Horticulture Department at Merritt College. For directions and more information about the department please see: www.merrittlandhort.com.
  
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