Learn all about pruning ornamentals at Green Thumbs lecture

Master Gardener Keith Dekker presents “Pruning Ornamentals” at the next Green Thumbs Garden Tips Education Series lecture, slated for noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

Dekker discusses pruning three plant groups, mounding shrubs, cane growers and trees and tree-likes to redirect growth energy, reveal beauty, improve health by allowing greater access to air and light, and reduce wind and snow breakage.

He will focus his discussion on late winter pruning of roses, hydrangeas, clematis and wisteria. Dekker will cover the right tools for pruning and correct pruning techniques.

Attendees learn how to avoid costly mistakes and receive guidelines to pruning by season.

A Clallam County Master Gardener since 2017, Dekker has been involved in horticulture for more than 45 years. For the last 29 years, his career has focused on the comprehensive care of residential landscapes in the Pacific Northwest. He is an active volunteer with PlantAmnesty, a nonprofit organization with the mission of “working to end the senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs.”

President of the Master Gardener Foundation, Dekker has his own business specializing in fine pruning. He contributes to his community by teaching classes and giving talks to promote best practices for successful, sustainable gardening. Keith currently is

Green Thumbs Garden Tips Education Series lectures are sponsored by WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners and occur on the second and fourth Thursday each month.

They are free and open to the public; however, donations are accepted and appreciated. For more information, call 360-565-2679.

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