Imagine you are a perfectly nice azalea, large, robust, reaching your prime. Out of the blue, you’re attacked by a blade-wielding human; minutes later, you’re naked, misshapen, cut to the core.
Now imagine yourself an azalea perfectly sized for your surroundings and shaped to reveal the real you. That’s the difference a good pruning can make.
In “The Art of Pruning” this Friday, Oct. 12, in Manzanita, aesthetic pruning master Maryann Lewis will offer a guide to everything a gardener needs to know before picking up the clippers.
In this evening lecture and demonstration, Lewis will present tips on smart pruning and offer easy solutions to shaping and trimming popular small trees and shrubs.
Aesthetic pruning is an approach that combines horticultural science with principals of art and design. The technique is rooted in Japanese garden pruning and bonsai as well as contemporary arboriculture. Its intent is to honor both the horticultural well-being of a woody plant and its aesthetic role in the landscape.
Formerly a California architect, Lewis began her own aesthetic pruning business in 2005 and later co-founded the Aesthetic Pruners Association. She now lives in Portland.
The lecture will run from 7 to 9 pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, 594 Laneda Avenue. Admission is $10.