Fall Workshops

Fruit tree workshops that I will be instructing this fall are:

City of Richmond Environmental Sustainability Workshops

Dormant Season Tree Fruit Pruning – October 24th, 2015 – 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Learn successful techniques to prune and train your fruit trees during the dormant season. How to start young trees, maintain mature trees and renew old and overgrown trees will be included. Apples, pears, cherries, plums, figs, blueberries, kiwi fruit and grapes will be discussed.

How to Put more Fruit on Your Trees – October 24th, 2015 – 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn the causes of poor fruit yields and how proper pruning and improved tree nutrition can maximize bloom and fruit set to grow to more quality fruit on your trees. Apples, pears, cherries, plums and peaches will be discussed.

Click here or more information and how to register: City of Richmond Environmental Sustainability Workshops

Vandusen Botanical Garden Workshop 

Fruit Tree Pruning – Sat. Nov 7, 10 am – 12:30 pm (Offsite)

Learn the basics of proper pruning and training of fruit trees, allowing them to develop a strong framework to support fruit production, open up the tree canopy to maximize light penetration and reduce the potential for disease. This course will cover the why, how and when to prune and train fruit trees to grow the healthiest trees with high production of fruit buds. The course will combine lecture with pruning demonstrations on a variety of different trees including apples, cherries, figs, pears and plums. Course takes place at the rooftop orchard of the Athlete’s Village Co-op.

For more information and how to register click here: VanDusen Botanical Garden

Fraser Valley Continuing Education Course

Winter Tree Fruit Pruning and Training – November 14, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

During this workshop fruit tree expert, Richard Hallman, will teach you how apple, pear, plum and other fruit trees grow and produce fruit. Then he will teach and show you how to prune, train and shape them during the winter dormant season for maximum fruit production. Pruning of new trees and training them to various shapes and forms such as espalier will be included.  Maintenance pruning of mature trees renovation of overgrown trees will also be discussed. An important part of this workshop is learning to identify and remove diseased branches to improve the health of your trees.

This is a two part workshop, the morning session will be in a classroom followed by an outdoor pruning demonstration in the afternoon. The outdoor portion will focus on renovation and maintenance pruning of apples, Asian pears and plums. The outdoor portion of this workshop will be at the Maples Discovery Gardens Coop (7743 – 200 Street, Langley). The location is across from the Langley Events Centre on the west side of 200th. Please approach the turn off from the north, the entrance is marked by two orange triangles. You can contact the instructor by e-mail at richard@richardhallman.ca

For more information and to register click here:FV Continuing Education

Lee Valley Tools Seminar (Coquitlam Store)

Prune Your Trees and Fruit Trees, Bushes and Vines Like a Pro – Wednesday November 18, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

With Richard Hallman, you will learn everything you need to know about the pruning and training of fruit trees, bushes and vines. Richard will start with teaching you how these plants grow and fruit and how to increase the amount and quality of the fruit they produce. He will then teach you how to prune and train new plants, maintenance pruning of mature plants and how to renovate them if they become overgrown. The training and maintenance of espalier and other restricted trained tree forms and trellising methods for vines will be included. He will also cover how to identify and prune out disease cankers to improve plant health.  He will go over the uses, care and sharpening of a wide range of pruning tools. Apples, pears, cherries, plums, figs, grapes, Kiwi fruit, blueberries, currants and brambles will be included. Bring your questions and pictures of any particular pruning problems you are experiencing for discussion during the seminar.

For more information and how to register click here: Lee Valley Tools Coquitlam

UBC Apple Festival

The UBC Apple Festival is this weekend, October 17 and 17, 2015. This is a great event for the entire family. Come and visit with me at my Fruit Tree Pruning/Espalier Booth. I will be giving short talks every half hour on both days on one of these topics:

  • Apple Tree Pruning
  • Espalier Tree Training
  • Pruning New Apple Tree
My Pruning Booth at the 2014 Apple Festival

My Pruning Booth at the 2014 Apple Festival

Click here for more information about the UBC Apple Festival