February Meeting – Pruning Woody Plants


The Garden Club of Weaverville
February 2023 Meeting 

Tuesday, February 14th at 9:30am via Zoom

Program: A Seminar on Pruning Woody Plants in the Landscape

It’s pruning season! Correctly pruning woody trees and shrubs improves their general appearance and promotes plant health. The North Carolina Arboretum has very graciously agreed to share this informative seminar with our members. In the (~70 minute) video that we will be viewing, professional horticulturist, and Weaverville neighbor, Ben Pick will discuss and demonstrate various types of pruning — structural, aesthetic, regenerative, and corrective — along with tools, techniques and timing, for successful pruning of small trees and flowering shrubs. Though it can be hard to know where to start, what to cut and what to leave, to keep trees and shrubs in your landscape healthy and beautiful, this seminar will help both with providing a thorough and practical approach while instilling confidence.  

Ben Pick grew up in Asheville and has been deeply influenced by the surrounding natural abundance of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He studied horticulture at NC State, then spent many years working in public and private gardens around the US and abroad, and a few farms too, learning everything he could about plants and how to push the limits with innovative growing and gardening. Ben and Sarah Coury own Saturnia Farm, a small specialty plant nursery focusing on unique perennials, native plants, and select trees and shrubs including native fruit trees, and on chemical-free growing practices. Saturnia Farm relocated to Weaverville in the aftermath of experiencing extensive flooding due to tropical storm Fred, and they are a wonderful addition to our community!

A business meeting will follow the program.

The Garden Club of Weaverville is a co-ed, non-profit organization open to everyone. For more information on what we do, becoming a member or supporting the club visit our website.