SHIRLEY -- What's the best way to make the cut? Find out during the Gardeners Exchange's Summer Pruning Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hazen Memorial Library in Shirley, located at 3 Keady Way.

You'll get hands-on practice and expert advice on summertime pruning of trees and shrubs with renowned horticulturist Denis Wagner on the library grounds.

Participants will learn techniques to keep their trees healthy and beautiful, and are encouraged to bring their own pruning tools, loppers, or handsaws.

Wagner, owner of Denis Wagner Fine Gardening in Harvard, served as the Nashoba Valley Winery Orchard Manager for 17 years. He is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist, Accredited Organic Land Care Practitioner, and Master Gardener who specializes in the pruning of ornamentals and fruits trees, fruit growing, and garden maintenance.

The Gardeners Exchange is a community garden club with members from around North Central Massachusetts. We meet monthly on weekends between February and October to visit each other's gardens, take field trips to other gardens and nurseries, participate in workshops, exchange plants, and gain expertise on a wide variety of horticultural topics.

Prior to the pruning workshop, garden club members will be participating in a members-only container garden contest at the library at 10:30 a.m. Non-members are welcome to come and observe.


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Upcoming meetings include a September 21 fall plant swap followed by a Hypertufa Container Workshop, for which there is a small fee for materials, and a Sunday, Oct. 20 end-of-the-year potluck and planning session at the Old Town Hall in Shirley.

First-time attendees to meetings are not required to join, but membership is encouraged. Annual membership dues are $20 per individual or $30 per couple. Membership benefits include all events, spring and fall perennials, and discounts at many area nurseries and garden centers.

For information, visit http://gardeners-exchange.org or contact GE co-Chair Dina Samfield, 978-448-9311, or Lela Rhodes, 978-425-0027.