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Class: Espalier Fruit Tree Training

April 7, 2014

Fruits of the City Logo-roundThe Minnesota Project’s Fruits of the City program is offering a class on Espalier Fruit Tree Training  on April 15th, 2014.  We are thrilled to have our guest speaker and local espalier expert Katherine Aby share her knowledge and expertise with us on this exciting topic.

What is espalier you ask?

Espalier is a plant-shaping method to grow woody plants in one plane on a permanent framework, often in an artistic design such as a diamond lattice. Woody plants are those that grow year after year above ground and have bark. In temperate climates, the espaliered plant is often fruit bearing, such as trees of apple, pear, plum, or cherry. But there are also Gingko espaliers, Magnolias in elegant forms, and evergreens in an espaliered trellis design.

espalierWhere can espaliers be grown?

Espaliers can grow in any climate. Virtually anywhere perennial plants can grow, so can espalier.  They are terrific option for those interested in fruit trees with limited space as espalier trees can fit closely to a fence or home.

The cost for this workshop is $20. Advance registration is required through our Eventbrite page or by contacting Fruits of the City via email ( or phone (651-789-3321).

Espalier Fruit Tree Training

Bachman’s on Lyndale (in the Heritage room)

6010 Lyndale Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55419

April 15th, 6:00 to 8pm

About our presenter Katherine Aby:

katherine abyAfter many years of seduction by espaliers, Katherine became the exclusive espaliest at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in 1995. Finding little information about espalier for herself as a novice, she published Espalier: Essentials of the Candelabra Pattern in 2009 to pull information and her experience together for the new espaliest. The how-to-do-it book can be purchased at

Katherine has initiated and maintained over 80 espaliers for private and institutional clients in the last 15 years. She has sculpted these plants into espaliers: apple, pear, currant, redbud, Amelanchier, witch hazel, gingko, cherry and fig. She will espalier anything.  Katherine writes and teaches about espalier as well as basic and advanced pruning techniques. She is a member of the Wood Chip Society and the Espalier Society. Resident of Minnesota with winters to -30 degrees F and summers to +100 degrees F, she loves to prune anything, keeping her hand pruners sharp enough to slice a tomato. She resents rabbits who do not realize that apple trees are grown for the apples and not for the bark rabbits prefer to eat.

This class is offered as part of an ongoing educational series by The Minnesota Project’s Fruits of the City program.

Upcoming 2013 classes include Fruit Pests and Diseases (May 6th) and Bees and Pollination (May 20th).For more information on all of our 2014 classes, visit our Fruit Tree Education page.

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