A Horticulture Program Event

The Art of Pruning: An Aesthetic Approach To Small Trees & Shrubs
Instructor: Maryann Lewis, Certified Aesthetic Pruner, Portland
Friday, October  12 | 7:00-9:00pm
Admission $10

Art of Pruning Workshop

Imagine you are a perfectly nice azalea, large, robust, reaching your prime. Out of the blue, you’re attacked by a blade-wielding human; minutes later, you’re naked, misshapen, cut to the core.

Now imagine yourself an azalea perfectly sized for your surroundings and shaped to reveal the real you. Oh, to be a plant well-pruned!

The Art of Pruning with Maryann Lewis is the ultimate antidote to bad pruning, an invitation to really see a plant before picking up pruners and strategize before making cuts. In her evening lecture and demonstration, Ms. Lewis will present the how-to’s of smart pruning and offer easy solutions to shaping and trimming popular small trees and shrubs.

Maryann Lewis is a master of Aesthetic Pruning, an approach that combines horticultural science with principals of art and design. Formerly a California architect, she began her own aesthetic pruning business in 2005 and later co-founded the Aesthetic Pruners Association. She now lives in Portland, OR.

Aesthetic Pruning is rooted in Japanese garden pruning and bonsai as well as contemporary arboriculture. Its intent is to honor both the horticultural well-being of a woody plant and its aesthetic role in the landscape.

Much like a sculptor who imagines her figure breaking free from stone, Ms. Lewis reads a plant’s inherent structure and works to release its form. Her tools are not merely clippers and pruning saws but light, shadow, space and time.

View Maryann Lewis’ website  or contact her via email

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  • October 12, 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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