Antique Apple & Pear Tree Pruning Workshop

6 May 2016

The park will again be hosting its popular pruning workshop on May 6th in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District. The workshop will be held at the Schmidt Farmstead 5 miles north of Glen Arbor on M-22. Turn onto Basch Road and follow the signs to the workshop site.

The workshop will focus on maintenance of neglected apple and pear trees and how to bring them back into production, and maintain their health. The course will include 1) how to identify and properly remove dead materials from abandoned trees 2) proper pruning of the canopy for optimum maintenance and fruit production, 3) maintaining tree health, 4) how to maintain ground cover under the tree, 5) watering and care of the tree, and 6) equipment safety.

The park is pairing with the Leelanau Conservation District and the County Extension Master Gardener Program to offer this hands-on training workshop. Experts from the County offices will provide the technical information and the park will serve as the host for this annual event. This marks the eleventh year that these organizations have come together to participate in this event.

The course is set up so participants receive “hands on” training of all techniques. The workshop hours are 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Participants should meet at the Schmidt Farmhouse on Basch Road. An orientation and introduction will begin at 1:00 p.m.

There is no cost to participants. Tools and materials will be provided. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and gloves, and dress according to the weather forecasted. Handouts will be provided.

Workers are not required to be skilled. The purpose of the workshop is to teach the techniques and train homeowners and the interested public how to restore to health and maintain antique apple and pear trees.

Interested parties should contact the park historical architect, Kimberly Mann (231)326-4771, to sign up for the workshop. Late registration is always accepted. Call to notify your intent to attend. To sign up by email: kimberly_mann@nps.gov

For more information, visit the National Park Service

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