Due to the Rapid increase of the Omicron Covid Strain we will be canceling the Chapter meeting for January 10, 2022

Start 2022 right – log on to our FREE series of Noontime Chats on Wednesdays from January through May, starting with our first session January 19.

January 26, Noon-1 PMFruit Tree Pruning: 10-Minute University™ Noon-Time Chat

Are you confident with pruning? Do your fruit trees have a good form and produce a consistent crop each year? Can you reach your tree safely to prune and harvest? If not, this class can help. Join Clackamas County Master Gardener Association to learn proven practices that will boost your confidence in pruning and get you ready for a date with your trees.

This free class requires advanced registration at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Lg_DneXnRqiY_kYJnC8rlg

Pruning is important to fruit trees regardless of age. Young trees require vigilant monitoring  and shaping to develop a strong framework. Mature trees need annual, skilled pruning to stay productive.

This class will discuss how to use different types of pruning cuts and when and where to apply them. Attendees will learn whether fruits are produced on spurs or shoots so that pruning stimulates an abundance of fruiting wood to support good production.

Join us and learn how to shape a young tree and steps for pruning pome fruits (apple and pear), stone fruits (plum, cherry, apricot, peach and nectarine), persimmon and fig.

Our speaker Sherry Sheng is an Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener who leads and teaches for the award-winning 10-Minute University™ Program. She began teaching gardening classes in 2006 and has many instructional videos to her credit. Sherry gardens at home, at a community garden, and co-manages a pollinator garden at a public park.

Our Lecture Series is presented 10 months a year on the 2nd Monday of the month from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Milwaukie Center – 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Dr. Milwaukie, OR 97222. Talks are free and open to the public.

To view recorded webinars for past lectures click here: Lecture Series page

Metro area Master Gardener offices are closed. Gardening help can be requested through OSU Extension Service by following this link:  https://extension.oregonstate.edu/mg/metro and through  Ask an Expert. Please stay well during this challenging time.

Master Gardeners™ are trained volunteers, educated through OSU Extension Service to offer the local community Reliable, Relevant and Reachable gardening information and education opportunities.

Reliable: our gardening advice and education is science-based.

Relevant: customized information for your gardening situation.

Reachable: call us on the phone, email us a question, or visit with us at markets or gardens in your community.

Clackamas County Master Gardeners are the folks who put on the annual Spring Garden Fair, bringing together over 7,000 gardeners with over 140 plant and garden-art vendors.