This fall we’re excited to be hosting two tree pruning workshops with Trees NY’s arborist Sam Bishop. We had a super fall afternoon on October 8th for pruning three fruit trees–an apple, a pear and a peach–at Heaven’s Gate Garden in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Our small but mighty team of BQLT gardeners were led by arborist Sam Bishop @treesny in pruning fruit trees, learning tool sharpening technqiues and fruit tree care. Several members are now Licensed Citizen Pruners and others are still in-training.
We had another great workshop on Saturday November 19th at Merrick-Marsden Neighbors Assn. Garden (118-18 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, Queens 11434). Merrick-Marsden gardeners, board members, and Citizen Pruners were again supervised by arborist Sam Bishop @treesny. Using all the tools of the trade, we pruned two pear trees, one peach, one fig, as well as removed white maple volunteers growing along their fenceline and tackled a vine attacking a mature apple tree!
Thanks to NYS Department of Environmental Conservation @nysdec for generously funding these tree workshops, part of BQLT’s Urban & Community Forestry Grant. During 2022, this funding allowed us to do necessary tree pruning in 14 gardens, to offer a special Citizen Pruner course with 20 BQLT gardeners, and to host our first Arbor Day Celebration on May 14th!