Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop in Guelph

April 29th 2017. 10:00 to 12:00

In partnership with Guelph Community Orchard Project and The Elora Environment Centre, Susan Poizner, an urban orchardist and the author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards,  will guide us through fruit tree care.  You will learn the techniques for dormant tree pruning (versus summer pruning when the tree is actively growing).  Dormant pruning, done annually, helps you improve tree health, spur healthy growth and helps your tree develop a structure that will support a robust harvest.



  • when and why to prune fruit trees
  • the difference between winter and summer pruning
  • how to prune your tree to spur vigorous growth and fruit production
  • pruning tools and techniques and how to structure your tree.


  • home growers
  • arborists who want to learn fruit tree care skills
  • master gardeners
  • community orchard growers

We will spend 1.25 hours inside learning theory and spend the rest of the time outside using our new fruit tree pruning skills.


Susan-Portrait-hat-e1446666362761Susan Poizner is the author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards and the creator of the award-winning online fruit tree care training portal at She is the creator of the Orchard People where she trains arborists, master gardeners and home growers from across North America the key skills involved in fruit tree care including pruning, pest and disease prevention and fertility management. Susan is also the host of The Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast which covers fruit trees, food forests, permaculture and arboriculture. Learn more about her at  She is an urban orchardist, journalist and film maker living in Toronto, Canada.


Date: Saturday April 29th

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Guelph Community Orchard Project located at Harcourt Memorial United Church – 87 Dean Ave, Guelph, ON N1G 1L3

Bring: Notebook and pen and weather appropriate clothing as we will be working outside in rain or shine.

Tickets $45 at