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Pruning - Not a Mysterious Art


Course Code: AH0212WA21

Hand holding pruning shears pruning cherry tree branches

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Last Held: August 5, 2020
5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Please join the online course at 4:45pm EDT (15 minutes before the start time).

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One of the most beneficial horticulture maintenance practices, pruning can also be one of the most harmful things you can do to your garden or landscaping. If you are interested in learning how to properly snip and clip to foster healthy and attractive backyard flowers and foliage, attend Rutgers Home Gardeners School @Home Edition online course: Pruning – Not a Mysterious Art.

Instructor Bruce Crawford will cover the why, when, and how’s of pruning ornamental trees and shrubs.  Learn how to control size while enhancing flowering or fruiting.  Understand potential hazards and how they can be avoided through proper pruning. Timing will also be covered. You can remove dead, diseased, or broken branches as soon as you notice them, but scientifically backed guidelines can make a huge difference when it comes to pruning for shape or size. Learn the best times of year to prune, the tools of the trade, and how to make heading, thinning, and shearing cuts.

In just one short hour, learn the essentials of proper pruning and tons of expert tips. Before you start hacking away at your branches or boxwoods, sharpen your pruning skills. Register Today!

Meet Your Instructor

Bruce Crawford, online plant pruning course instructor.Bruce Crawford

A longtime proponent of unusual and fun plants, Bruce had his own design/build garden design business for nearly 25 years that specialized in plantings for year-round interest. One of those gardens was published in Fine Gardening Magazine! For 15 years, Bruce was the Director of Rutgers Gardens, the botanical garden for Rutgers University, and he is currently the State Program Leader for Home and Public Horticulture with the NJ Agricultural Experiment Station. He has also been an instructor in the Landscape Architecture program at Rutgers University since 1987. Bruce also lectures frequently to various groups and for continuing education programs.

Registration Fee TBD  
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be provided at this course.

Accessing this Online Course (It's Easier Than You Think)

Don't worry, taking an online course is more user-friendly than ever. Once you've registered, you will receive a link via email 24 hours before the start of the course. Simply click that link and follow the prompts to allow Webex on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. No microphones or webcams are necessary. If you do not have a microphone on your computer, you will have the option to dial in using a regular telephone to hear the course audio while viewing the course visuals on your device.

New to online learning? No problem! We will be sending out a document with helpful how-to tips for using WebEx to all registrants the day before the course. Plus, join the class a few minutes early at 4:45pm EDT to get comfortable with the platform and see how you can utilize the chat feature to ask questions throughout the course.

Program Coordinator Jill Sullivan will be moderating the class and she will be able to assist participants, answer questions, and troubleshoot in case you experience any issues.


  • If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with anyone else who will be registering for this course.

  • If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with another person who will also be registering, you must update your account with a unique email address. Click the Register Online button below and sign into your account. On the left side toolbar, click My Account. On the drop-down menu, click Edit Profile/Password. Scroll down to the Email Address field (not the secondary email address field!) and enter your own, individual (not shared!) email address here. Click the Submit button at the bottom to save. If you need assistance updating your account, please email or call (848-932-9271, option 2) our Registration Department.

Note: Pre-registration with payment is required.

We're Here to Help!

Please feel free to reach out to Jill Sullivan, program coordinator for this class, at any time with questions! We want to make this a fun, informative, and interactive experience for all participants and are eager to help you in any way we can.

Email: jill.sullivan@rutgers.edu
Phone: 848-932-7443


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