Classes and Instruction


Pruning Japanese Gardens

 

Saturday May 2nd, 10 AM - 1 PM, at Hakone Estate & Gardens, 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA. and 2 PM - 5 PM at Los Gatos Meadows, 110 Wood Street, Los Gatos. Lecture & workshop. See hands-on practice policy above. Learn pruning aesthetics and techniques relevant to the season for your favorite woody plants used in Japanese-style gardens. Learn species-specific pruning techniques, when and where to use them in Japanese-style gardens. Learn about Japanese garden design through aesthetic pruning.

*Register for each class or admission separately
*Register for each class or admission separately


Hands-on pruning lab in Los Gatos

 

Volunteer on this service-learning project at The Meadows in Los Gatos Japanese garden. Contact Peter to register in advance and provide your cell phone number.


Hands-on Pruning workshop in Oakland - free public event

 

Saturday June 6th, 10 AM - 4 PM. Hands-on aesthetic pruning service-learning project with the Merritt College Pruning Club and the Oakland-Fukuoka Sister City Association at the Fukuoka Sister City Garden, Gardens of Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA. Learn skills you can use, talk shop with a pro and enjoy volunteering with other enthusiasts. Aesthetic Pruning events on the 2nd Saturday in March, first Saturday in June and first Saturday in October.


Summer Pruning and Seven other Ways to Stunt Trees

 

Saturday August 22nd, 10 AM - 1 PM at Hakone Estate & Gardens, 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA. Lecture & workshop. See hands-on practice policy above. Why do we dwarf trees? Have your trees grown too big for the space they occupy. In your layout, are there some effects that can’t be had without smaller versions of specific trees? Have you discovered that dwarf cultivars of sufficient size are twice the cost and hard to find? That smaller specimens grow too slowly? That the less expensive, faster growing large varieties grow too big or too course? Have your attempts at pruning them been unsuccessful? Learn what can be done.

*Register for each class or admission separately
*Register for each class or admission seprately


Hands-on Pruning workshop in Oakland - free public event

 

Saturday October 3rd, 10 AM - 4 PM. Hands-on aesthetic pruning service-learning project with the Merritt College Pruning Club and the Oakland-Fukuoka Sister City Association at the Fukuoka Sister City Garden, Gardens of Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA. Learn skills you can use, talk shop with a pro and enjoy volunteering with other enthusiasts. Aesthetic Pruning events on the 2nd Saturday in March, first Saturday in June and first Saturday in October.


Discounts on class fees with advance payment

 

Discounts on class fees with advance payment: $35 per person single class, $30 each for multiple classes/family per check, $25 returning students, $40 for returning student accompanying a new student guest. Mail checks 5 days in advance, payable to instructor(s), or PayPal on their website. Regular class fees are $40 per person at the door.


Hands-on pruning practice

 

Hands-on pruning practice for Hakone Estate & Gardens, if any, shall be on materials we bring to classroom, or at a scheduled location - see "Hands-on Pruning Lab." Bring your own container plants, cut branches, hand-shears, and/or photos of plants.


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Hands-on pruning testimonials

 

Testimonials: "I came to one of Merritt's Aesthetic Pruning Club volunteer days, not knowing what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised that one of my precious Saturdays was well spent and one of the best I've had this summer. Peter Bowyer's enthusiasm for approaching trees as living sculptures and how to bring them into harmony with the environment around them, was both highly informative and inspirational. He listens to everyone's input, even a beginner like myself, and encourages hands on participation and trusting one's instinct. A great teacher and a motley crew of characters I had a blast hanging out with! The final outcome was a creative collaboration that produced beautiful results. I am hooked and eagerly looking forward to the next volunteer day with the Aesthetic Pruning Club. C.Mitchell" "The detail work you showed us on how to remove the bushiness and help reveal the beauty of the branches and trunk was great. I hope to learn more from you in the future." - S.Sague. "Members of the club, including Peter and myself, traveled to Fresno to prune various pine trees in Shinzen Garden. He and I worked on an island black pine, and later were paired up to prune another at the entrance to the garden. Being a recent student of the Merritt Aesthetic Pruning Class Series, I looked to Peter for guidance on various techniques and obtained constructive instruction from him. I found him to be a very patient and resourceful teacher. He gave me some pruning strategies I had never heard before. I consider Peter to be on par with other instructors in the Merritt pruning class series, and enthusiastically recommend him." Sincerely, A.Stovall "This was a much better learning experience because of the hands on training. You could see what needed to be done and then how to execute the proper technique. Actually doing it and seeing the end result is much easier to learn this way. Plus it helps the park out in getting some actual work accomplished. Let me know when the next one will be held. I will be interested in attending." Thanks again, D.&S.Rodgers"


Learn Pruning & Landscape Construction - Hands-on

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Learn Landscape Construction Hands-on. Volunteer with Peter Bowyer, the Merritt College Pruning Club and the Oakland-Fukuoka Sister City Association at the Fukuoka Sister City Garden, located in the Lakeside Garden Center, Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA. Learn skills you can use, talk shop with a pro and enjoy volunteering. Aesthetic Pruning events on the 2nd Saturday in March, first Saturday in June and October Future projects include: bracing a large tree, cobble beach, retaining wall, islands, irrigation, and planting. Contact Peter for more information.


Other Classes and instruction

 

Peter also speaks at garden clubs, nurseries and community colleges. He has led Merritt College Aesthetic Pruning Club service-learning projects at numerous locations, including Hakone Estate & Gardens and the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt. He has developed and led workshops for county & municipal parks departments and given instruction to city tree workers and USDA certified Master Gardeners. His expertise includes French-intensive vegetable gardening. In that capacity, he was a main stage speaker at the San Francisco Landscape Garden Show. He also been an instructor at the UCSC Farm & Garden. .

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