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Fruit Tree Pruning

February 10 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Instructor: Laila Suidan CEUs: 6.0 ALMT / 6.0 B-P Registration Fees: $100.00 - $200.00

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Arborists are often asked to prune fruit trees that have been long neglected or haphazardly pruned without a clear philosophy. This class will equip participants with knowledge specific to fruit trees: common trained forms and pruning approaches, species-specific habits and challenges, and tactics to improve production of quality fruit. We will discuss how to interpret and approach client expectations and needs while prioritizing biology-based care, and opportunities for educating and partnering with clients. The day will consist of an indoor lecture, outdoor tour/demonstration on a site with diverse trees, and light hands-on practice in groups.


Location: Good Shepherd Center, Room 202, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle, Washington 98103

  • 8:30-8:45, Welcome and Introductions
  • 8:45-10:45, Pruning and management slide show and discussion
    • Pruning techniques and timing, common forms, and training for young and old trees
    • Interpreting client requests; opportunities for client guidance and education; industry opportunities within fruit tree care
    • Overview of common pest and disease problems and management approaches to minimize these
    • Management techniques for improving fruit production and quality
    • Species-specific management: growth and fruiting habits; trained forms; pruning approaches; prominent pest and disease problems
  • 10:45-11:00, Break
  • 11:00-12:00, Walking discussion of site fruit trees – observe and analyze various forms and pruning approaches
  • 12:00-12:30, Lunch
  • 12:30-3:00, Small group work outdoors – create and implement pruning plan on a site fruit tree; share plan and work with the group
  • 3:00-3:30, Final questions

What to Bring:

  • Hand pruning tools - pruners and hand saws
  • Clothing for comfort in all weather situations - we will be outside for half the class time
  • Gloves and eye protection
  • Optional: orchard ladders and/or pole pruners/pole saws if you have these available


Laila Suidan has been in business as an arborist and horticulturalist, with a specialty in fruit tree care, for twelve years. She teaches Arboriculture and Pruning courses at South Seattle College and has developed and taught courses in fruit tree care for Seattle Tilth and City Fruit. Outside of trees, she enjoys playing music and taking walks with her cat. She finds life meaning through study of nature.

Refund Policy

  • Cancellations made at least 10 days prior to the event will be refunded at 100%.
  • Cancellations made within 5-9 days of the event will be refunded at 75%.
  • Cancellations made within 1-4 days of the event will be refunded at 50%.
  • Refunds will not be made available for no-shows.

Late Registration

  • Participants are expected to enroll prior to the registration deadline.
  • Participants can register at the door of the event only if space is available. Individuals will need to pack their own lunch.
  • Late registration is possible on a space available basis. You can contact our office at (800) 335-4391. There may, or may not be, room available for those who show up without registering ahead of time for the workshop. We encourage you to register for the workshop in advance.

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Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103 United States
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