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Course Name: Introduction to Pruning Techniques
Course Code: AL0208CA24
Date: August 29, 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Holly House, 130 Log Cabin Rd, New Brunswick, NJ 08816 (Directions & Map)
Format: Classroom course with hands-on field activities
Registration Fee: $210 per person
Early Bird Discount Fee: $195 per person (expires August 22, 2023)
Registration Closes: August 27, 2023
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Payments should be made out to: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Checks and money orders should be mailed to: Office of Continuing Professional Education, Attn: Registration Dept., 102 Ryders Ln, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8519
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This class is part of the Landscape Management Certificate Program and the Public Grounds Management Certificate Program.
In this popular hands-on, one-day course, instructor Steve Kristoph will provide both classroom instruction and hands-on training. Come learn how to properly prune while preserving a plant’s natural vigor and beauty. Learn the science behind pruning – what, when, where, and why. Then go outside and actually do it!
Dress for field work and bring your pruning equipment, including hand pruning shears and a small pruning saw. You can also buy shears on site from the Rutgers Gardens.
Who Should Attend?
This class is a great source of information for anyone who wants to learn the essentials of proper pruning. Past participants have included:
- Buildings and Grounds Employees
- Estate Managers
- Horticulture Technicians
- Landscape Designers
- Landscape Professionals
- Master Gardeners
- Park Maintenance Workers
- Public Works Department Employees
Meet Your Instructor
Steve Kristoph, Steven Kristoph Nursery
Steve Kristoph is widely known for his encyclopedic knowledge of plant material. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in horticulture from Rutgers University, and he has been an adjunct instructor at Rutgers for over 25 years. He also owns and operates Steven Kristoph Nursery in Monmouth County, NJ, where he grows many types of ornamental trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials. The landscaping division of his business, P. Steven Kristoph Garden Design, serves both residential and commercial customers and offers a full range of services, including design, installation, maintenance, and seasonal color. Steve is passionate about plants and enjoys sharing his passion with others.
“[I] recommend this class for anyone who wants a better understanding of when, why, and how to prune correctly.”
– Glenn Prince, Garden Keeper Landscape Company
“Great opportunity to go out with an expert and practice pruning properly.”
– Past Participant
Most useful aspect of the course: “Learning how to prune different types of plants.”
– Past Participant
Continuing Education Credits
The Introduction to Pruning Techniques course (5.25 contact hours) is approved for the following credits from professional organizations.
NJ Certified Public Works Managers (CPWM): Pending
NJ Licensed Tree Experts (LTE/LTCO): 5.0 CEUs
NJ Urban and Community Forestry (NJUCF): 5.0 CEUs
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA): Pending
No breakfast will be provided. Lunch will be available for pre-registered attendees only.
NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.
Course Requirements and Policies
COVID-19 Mask & Vaccination Policies for Face-to-Face Classes
Registrants attending OCPE events are not currently required to wear face masks or provide proof of vaccination.
To continue to protect yourself and others:
- Masks are welcome.
- If you have symptoms, testing is encouraged.
- If you feel unwell, please recover at home. Contact us to cancel your registration at 848-932-9271, option 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-registration is required. We’re sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials, or meals for walk-in registrants.
Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.
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Cancellations and Substitutions
A $35 cancellation fee applies for this course. Substitutions are permitted. View our cancellation policy.
Attention U.S. Veterans
This course is approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill®. Learn more.
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Program Questions? We’re Here to Help!
If you have any questions about Introduction to Pruning Techniques, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Program Coordinator: Joe Canzano
Administrative Assistant: Damiana Parada
For registration assistance, please contact our Registration Department at 848-932-9271, option 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.