Mass Aggie Seminar Teaches Growers How to Prune Raspberries and Bramble Fruit

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AMHERST, Mass. – A workshop on “Pruning Raspberries and other Bramble Fruit” will be presented Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Wards Berry Farm, 614 South Main St., Sharon.

Sonia Schloemann of UMass Extension will lead the session, which is part of Mass Aggie Seminars, a series of hands-on workshops on home gardening topics.

Raspberries are a common fruit to be grown in home gardens and offer some of the most challenges to gardeners. There are many types of bramble fruit including summer red, yellow or black raspberries, blackberries and fall bearing types of all color, of all which have a unique growth habit and require specialized pruning.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for hands-on pruning for participants to gain confidence in pruning their own plants at home and learn about tool maintenance and sharpening. Tools will be provided, but participants can also bring their own.

The workshop will be held out of doors, so participants should dress appropriately for potentially wet, cold and muddy conditions.

The cost of the seminar is $35. Register at http://ag.umass.edu/fruit/mass-aggie-seminars-2017.