Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

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Many of us focus on winter as the best time to prune our fruit trees and this is the case for some fruit trees however many fruit trees benefit much more from a summer pruning.

By early February harvests are finished for cherries, apricots, plums, peaches and nectarines and this is the best time to prune these and other trees for shape and to encourage new fruiting wood.

Join Justin Calverley at Edendale Farm for a summer fruit tree pruning workshop and learn how to best care for your fruit trees for health and to maximise your yield for next season. Pruning your fruit trees is also an important action for Queensland Fruit Fly management.

This workshop will combine the theory of summer pruning with demonstrations in the orchard.

Bring your gardening gloves, a hat and a pair of secateurs.

Justin Calverley

Justin Calverley is horticultural expert with more than 20 years' experience and author of the book, The Urban Farmer. He is a go-to expert for the media and in high demand on the presentation and public speaking circuit. Ten years of Justin's popular 3RRR radio show 'Dirty Deeds' is available as a podcast.


The practical part of this workshop will be undertaken in the orchard at Edendale where the land is uneven and undulating with limited pathways. Please bring your walking aids if they are required. If you have other accessibility requirements, please contact us at to discuss.

What you will learn

  • Summer vs winter pruning
  • How to shape and improve fruiting with summer pruning

What you will get

  • Handout

Parking info

While there is some parking available at the front of Edendale we would encourage you to investigate some more sustainable transport options including:

  • Riding your bike
  • Public transport 
  • Walking
  • Car pooling

Some overflow parking may be available at Eltham North playground.

What to bring

  • Gloves, secateurs
  • The demonstrations will be in the orchard so please bring mobility aids if you need them
  • Inquiring mind

What to wear

Casual, closed shoes.

Appropriate for

Home gardeners, urban farmers, permaculture.

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  • Saturday, 03 February 2024 | 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
  • Saturday, 10 February 2024 | 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM


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