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Coppicing: Its History and Practice

Friday, May 14, 2021 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Virtual Event

Have you ever wondered what it means to coppice a tree or shrub? Beyond being considered a practical technique for controlling growth and encouraging colorful stems for display, coppicing – periodically cutting back a tree or shrub to ground level –  has a long history of practical use, as well. Brandon George, graduate student in Public Garden Leadership at Cornell University, and Emily Pratt, horticulturist at Cornell Botanic Garden will discuss the history and relevance of this technique, as well as pruning methods and application techniques you can use on your own woody plants. Join us for this in-depth webinar and learn how to get the most out of your garden shrubs with coppicing! 

The program is free but pre-registration is required. Click here to register.  After registering, you will be sent a confirmation with instructions for joining the Zoom webinar. The webinar will be recorded for later viewing, but participants in the live program will have the opportunity to pose questions. 

This program is offered as part of Go Public Gardens Days (May 7 to May 16, 2020), an initiative of the American Public Gardens Association designed to raise awareness and appreciation for public gardens in communities across North America.

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