Aesthetic Pruning

♦ Our fee-based classes are open to anyone, both Peralta students and community members alike.

Merritt College has been offering a fee-based series of classes in Aesthetic Pruning for more than 20 years, with a wide array of individual modules for all interests and levels of expertise.  These classes, plus additional Horticulture classes and experience, can lead to a Department-issued Award in Aesthetic Pruning (pdf).

←See current Calendars and Schedules in the Quick Links at left!

Our instructors are highly experienced professional pruners who have been a part of our program for many years. The Aesthetic Pruning series includes:

  • Finding the Essence of a Tree
  • Pruning Maples
  • Pruning Flowering Trees & Shrubs
  • The Art of the Focal Point Tree
  • Pruning Japanese Gardens
  • The Art of Tree & Shrub Reduction
  • and several others

Classes are held on Saturdays at the Landscape Horticulture Department, Room H101. Classes begin at 9:30 am and are usually dismissed at 12:20 pm. The fee for most classes is $39.00, and MUST be paid by check. Please register at least 10 days in advance to assure a spot in the class, as space is limited.

For enrollment, please email

For curriculum questions, please email Pete Churgel.


Merritt College, Landscape Horticulture Department
12500 Campus Drive, Oakland, California 94619
© Merritt Landscape Horticulture, 2010-2019
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