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Espalier & Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
June 3 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm$195
Where gardening meets art!
Espalier is a system or technique of pruning and managing fruit trees that has been around for centuries and is prominent in some cultures. This gardening system has many advantages such as saving space, ease of access and management, and is highly productive. It is also aesthetically pleasing and adds beauty to any garden.
This one-day workshop will give you both the theory and practical hands-on experience of how to make your own Espaliers and how to manage and maintain them organically for maximum productivity, easy access, and control of pests and diseases.
Through theory and practical experience, you will learn about
- different Espalier options and types
- history of Espaliers and why they are used
- advantages of using Espaliers
- what you can and can’t espalier
- how to prune and manage your espaliers and fruit trees
- different supporting structures and clip systems
- watering and irrigating your espalier
- soil preparation and management
- and much more.
This workshop will inspire you and provide lots of options and ideas for these beautiful living features you can create in your garden. Whether it be simple framed structures, fans, candelabras or arches, you’ll be amazed what you can do and how artistic your garden will become.
During the workshop you will be making a semi-circular apple espalier around a bench seat on the Permaculture Institute farm.
Steve Batley is the founder and director of Sydney Organic Gardens. He is a highly experienced organic gardener, landscape architect and permaculture designer, garden consultant, construction specialist and educator. Steve has over 20 years’ experience in the landscape industry, completing his degree in 1996 and combining landscape architecture with permaculture and organic gardening since 1997. Steve loves growing food in healthy ecosystems – tasty, aromatic, nutrient dense food. He uses permaculture, holistic management, landscape architecture and years of hands in the soil experience. He creates productive, regenerative ecosystems from small urban spaces, up to large acreages in the country. Steve loves sharing his knowledge and teaches people how to grow food using techniques that work with nature and improve ecosystems. It’s about nurturing life, building healthy soil, capturing carbon, creating biodiversity, and allowing nature’s complexity to do its thing. www.sydneyorganicgardens.com.au