Library Slates Talk On Tree Pruning 

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The Hailey Public Library will host an online workshop with arborist Linda Ries who will speak about “The Art of Fruit Tree Pruning” on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 5:30 p.m. Ries will describe when and how to prune different types of fruit trees to promote strong branch structure and increase fruit size. RSVP to kristin.fletcher@haileypubliclibrary.org.  

“As winter gives way to spring, many gardeners know it’s time to get out and prune fruit trees so they’re more productive come summertime,” commented Kristin Fletcher, the library’s programs and engagement manager. “Correct pruning can make a huge difference. Linda is a highly qualified arborist with extensive experience working with fruit trees in community settings.”

Linda Ries has a B.S. in forest biology from Colorado State University. She is a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture since 1996 and has served on the Hailey Tree Committee since 2015 and is currently chair. She is the former community forester for the Sawtooth National Forest and was the conservation education coordinator for the Forest Service’s Intermountain Region. In 1996, she established the Native Plant Arboretum, located near the intersection of the Blaine County Recreation District bike path and Fox Acres Road in Hailey.

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