Pruning Shrubs

Join local tree pruning professionals on Monday, 4/24 at 7 pm for shrub pruning class.


Citizen Pruner Training #3: Ornamental Shrub Pruning

  • Monday, April 24, 2023, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Missed the class?

Watch the recording here: Citizen Pruners Shrub Pruning Training

This class is being offered both In-person or Via Zoom.

Join retired CCE Tompkins Ag Educator, Monika Roth, who will guide you on best practices for pruning shrubs, from maintenance to rejuvenation. Shrubs are long lasting parts of our gardens - offering flowers, screening, and habitat. With good care, shrubs can be beautiful, healthy, and productive for decades and can sometimes grow too much for our spaces

Each spring, CCE-Tompkins offers a multi-part training series for individuals who want to learn best practices for selecting, planting, caring for, and pruning ornamental trees and shrubs. The classes are part of a 3-part hybrid series, with a final hands-on workshop - take one or all. There will be a separate registration link for each class.

This class series gives the basics to start as a Citizen Pruner Volunteer for the City. Citizen Pruners are stewards of the city's trees. Throughout the warm months, interested folks gather with experienced foresters at weekly volunteer sessions to prune city trees.

Classes are offered 4 Monday evenings in April – April 10, 17 and 24, 7-8:30 PM, and one hands on workshop May 1st, 5:30-7:30pm, in person.

Register for one or all of the following workshops:

"Tree Selection and Care" Monday, April 10th, 7-8:30 pm.

"Small and Large Tree Pruning" Monday, April 17th, 7-8:30 pm.

"Shrub Pruning" Monday, April 24th, 7-8:30 pm.

"Hands On Pruning Workshop" Monday May 1st, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Space is limited, pre-registration is required.

These classes are part of our Citizen Pruner Volunteer Training - a group of dedicated volunteers who meet once each week to prune street trees within the City of Ithaca. Classes are offered at different pay-what-you-can prices.

Presenter Bio: Monika Roth, retired extension Agriculture & Horticulture educator, has a degree in Plant Science.she was integral to starting the Citizen Pruner volunteer program and has been involved in organizing classes and working with volunteers since its inception in 1990.She teaches the shrub pruning class because she loves to prune, and it is gratifying to see the results of pruning.

The cost of the class: pay-what-you-can sliding scale for everyone else with price points at 0, 10, 20, 30, and 40 dollars


$0-$40 (self determined sliding scale) per class



Maria Christian
Administrative Assistant
(607) 272-2292 ext. 130


CCE-Tompkins Education Center
615 Willow Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850-3555

Last updated May 11, 2023