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Sat, Feb 10


Wetherby Park

Shade Tree Pruning Basics

Branch out your skills and learn to prune for healthier trees.

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Shade Tree Pruning Basics
Shade Tree Pruning Basics

Time & Location

Feb 10, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Wetherby Park, 2400 Taylor Dr, Iowa City, IA

About the Event

Learn the benefits of early tree care with ISA Certified Arborist, Virginia Hayes, from Sustainable Landscape Solutions.

Through hands-on practice you will learn how to prune young shade trees to promote healthy growth, enhance structure, and prevent future problems. Proper tools and top techniques will be shared along with relevant handouts.

Join us in nurturing our urban canopy.


  • Warm clothes for winter, hands-on learning: hat, gloves, boots, several layers of clothes
  • Pruning saw, loppers, pruners (optional)
  • A notebook and a pen/pencil for writing and drawing (optional)


Sliding scale fee: $30 - $5, based upon your access to resources.

Backyard Abundance members receive a 10% discount. Learn about Backyard Abundance membership.


Call 319-325-6810 to reach the educator of your class.


We need a minimum of 10 attendees to host the class. Please invite friends and family to ensure the event happens as scheduled. We would love to meet your loved ones.


Taught by Virginia Hayes and Fred Meyer.

  • Virginia is an ISA Certified Arborist with Sustainable Landscape Solutions and possesses over a decade of experience in tree work, specializing in urban forestry and sustainability.
  • Fred offers years of experience as a permaculture designer, Master Gardener and fruit tree grower.


Wetherby Park: 2400 Taylor Dr, Iowa City. We’ll gather at the Wetherby Park Shelter.


This class was developed in collaboration with many community partners and was funded by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP). It would not be possible without these sponsors and supporters. Please  frequent these generous organizations to thank them for donations of  time, materials and funds.


  • Abundance of Resources

    This fee is for people with expendable income. This option allows you to assist others in attending our classes by “paying it forward” for those who have less access to opportunities.

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  • Traditional Resources

    This fee is for people who have the resources they need to make ends meet and can attend our classes at full cost.

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  • Reduced Access to Resources

    This fee is for people who are working hard to make ends meet on low wages and have less access to resources and opportunities.

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  • Under Resourced

    This option is for people who have low access to resources. Examples include those with income below the poverty line, people living with mental and physical health concerns, and people experiencing insecurity in basic needs attainment.

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