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Plant Physiology: Pruning & Plant Manipulation (as part of The Science of Edible Gardening Series)

June 17, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fruit Tree Pruning Kyneton

Understanding that the underlying principles of plant physiology can make all the difference to the activities we perform in the garden. Knowing the function of apical meristems and how they relate to pruning, will finally give you the confidence to tackle those fruit trees.

We will explore the functions of the cambium layer, bark and heartwood to discover how they relate to grafting, plant health and diseases.


  • Fruit Tree Pruning Timing
  • Pruning Equipment
  • Types of Pruning Cuts
  • Disease Prevention
  • Pruning Different Types of Trees
  • Setting up and Maintaining Espaliers

This workshop in the Science of Edible Gardening Series, looks at plant structures and using that knowledge in planning gardening activities. It involves a combination of theory in a classroom setting and hands-on practical activities in our orchard including:

• Setting up espaliers

• Pruning of fruit trees

By the end of the class you will have the skills and confidence to successfully propagate plants via cuttings and to tackle the pruning of fruit trees.

What to Bring:

• Enthusiasm for learning

• Your lunch

• Water bottle

• Notepad and Pen

• Closed toed, practical shoes (consider bringing gumboots)

• Appropriate Clothing as Kyneton can get very cold and wet in winter

The Science of Edible Gardening Workshop Series

These events are being run as part of The Science of Edible Gardening Workshop Series from Leaf, Root & Fruit. The series has been designed to give you an overview of how plants grow and interact with the environment. This understanding makes decision making, planning and garden maintenance straightforward. Observation and understanding of natural ecosystems and phenomena can help you to be a more successful and fulfilled gardener.

Each workshop is based around a theme that will integrate into the entire series. There will be minimal repetition of content across each event, although certain important ideas will be revisited from time to time. We anticipate most attendees will complete the complete series. However, you can book in for each workshop individually to pick and choose the ones relevant to you.

The 8 workshop topics are:

  •        Nutrients and Fertilizers: Growing Nutrient Dense Food (Held each March)
  •        Population Ecology: Pests and How to Control Them (Held each April)
  •        Reproductive Genetics: Seed Saving, Grafting and Pollination (Held each May)
  •        Plant Physiology: Pruning and Plant Manipulation (Held each June)
  •        Seasonality and Timing: Environmental Gardening Influences (Held each July)
  •        Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles: The Science of Compost (Held each August)
  •        Ecological Succession and Soil: Edible Forest Gardens and Weed Control (Held each September)
  •        Photosynthesis: Irrigation, Rainwater Tanks and Sunlight (Held each November)

See our dedicated web page for more information on The Science of Edible Gardening workshop series:

Please go to our ticketing website to book tickets:


June 17, 2023
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Event Category:


Leaf, Root & Fruit
0423 003 764
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Kyneton, Victoria
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