Gardeners of Wake County, Inc.

2017 Big Annual Azalea Sale

April 6 through April 15 or until sold out. Come early.

Venue Campbell Road Nursery, same as last year

Over 100 varieties: biggest selection anywhere, only here and only once a year


April 18, 2017 Meeting   Refreshments at 7:00 PM, meeting 7:30


April Meeting Speaker Dr. Michael L. Parker

The Proper Way to Prune Fruit Trees


If you have fruit trees but are not sure how to go about pruning them, you definitely

need to attend the April 18th Gardeners of Wake County monthly meeting.  The

evening’s guest speaker is Associate Professor Dr. Michael Parker, Tree Fruit

Extension Specialist in North Carolina State University’s Department of Horticultural



The title of his presentation is “The Art and Science of Pruning Fruit Trees” and he is

certainly the man qualified to address that topic.  Dr. Parker supports NC State

Cooperative Extension field faculty and growers in the culture and management of tree

fruit (primarily apples, peaches and pecans) through on-farm research and

demonstration, educational program development, publications, and on-site



He is also the educational liaison with commercial apple, peach and pecan grower groups. 

Among his publications is a 15-page document titled “Training and Pruning Fruit Trees” which is available online.


As I travel across the state and spend time working with fruit enthusiasts”, he says, “I have come to the opinion that pruning fruit trees is a poorly understood practice.”


The primary goals of pruning in a perennial fruit cropping system are to maintain even light distribution throughout the narrow tree canopy, facilitate movement of air and crop protectant sprays within the canopy, and balance vegetative and reproductive growth through branch renewal.


But Dr. Parker maintains that pruning fruit trees is a different process than dealing with ornamental trees and he knows why so many people run into trouble.


“In talking with fruit growers”, he says “I’ve discovered that the main stumbling block in pruning their trees is F-E-A-R, fear that they will over prune or damage their trees beyond repair.  In my GWC presentation, I will attempt to reduce this fear and replace it with knowledge and confidence on how to properly train and prune fruit trees.” 

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Like More Garden Talk?

Visitors are always welcome at The Gardeners of Wake County meeting held every third Tuesday of the month at J.C. Raulston Arboretum. Refreshments are available at   7:00 PM so members and visitors can socialize before the 7:30 PM start of the meeting. Each meeting starts with a short business session followed by a horticulture related program. Plants are brought by members and given away as prizes. Click on "Programs" at the top of this page to see a list of the programs scheduled for 2016.

John Motley has been growing Basil, Garlic, and Asparagus for years.

Learn more about growing Basil, Garlic, and Asparagus or make your own applesauce and Pesto.

               Monthly Meetings     

The Gardeners of Wake County meets every third Tuesday at 7:30 pm in the Ruby McSwain building at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum on Beryl Road in Raleigh. Refreshments are available at 7:00 PM and members and visitors can socialize at 7:00 pm before the start of the meeting.  Each meeting starts with a short business session followed by a horticulture related program. Plants are brought by members and given away as prizes.  Visitors are always welcome.  
The J.C. Raulston Arboretum is located at 4415 Beryl Rd. which is on the South side of the railroad tracks and parallel with Hillsborough Street just east of the State Fair.  Visitors are always welcome. Click here for map or directions.


Garden Related Websites

Campbell Road Nursery

JC Raulston Arboretum

Triangle Gardener

Consumer/Home Horticulture

Carolina Gardener Magazine

Azalea Society of America

The Gardener's Dirt