Published on July 15, 2014
Tough love? or Generations of O.C.D. horticulturists Martin F. Quigley, MLA, Ph.D. University of Denver Alter Arboretum : Tough love? or Generations of O.C.D. horticulturists Martin F. Quigley, MLA, Ph.D. University of Denver Alter Arboretum Why do we cut pieces off our woody plants? Why do we tie them to a rack, for decades?: Why do we cut pieces off our woody plants? Why do we tie them to a rack, for decades? We horticultural people were taught to prune for tree health, size, form and display. We want to give out visitors new and fresh plantings, and rarely plan more than 50 years ahead…. HeDGE - Bonsai -Topiary coppice pollard Espalier Pleach : HeDGE - Bonsai -Topiary coppice pollard Espalier Pleach PowerPoint Presentation: COPPICE PowerPoint Presentation: POLLARD ESPALIeR: ESPALIeR PowerPoint Presentation: PLEACH PowerPoint Presentation: TOPIARY PowerPoint Presentation: These impressive specimens cannot reach full effect without long-term organizational support. The commitment to their maintenance must last longer than any single administration or gardener. Each plant will be tended by many pairs of hands, and cherished by their caretakers. Plants that grow for many decades are heirlooms for future generations. PowerPoint Presentation: To recap (with caveats at every step): Motif(s) Maint/Season Longevity 2 or 3D/size; siting Coppice Informal 3-many years decades 3D/Landscape; large country areas Winter/Spring Pollard Informal Annually in decades to 3D, often specimens; good for cities winter centuries farms and gardens Pleach Formal or Decreases decades to 2D or 3D; gardens and parks Informal over time centuries Early Spring Espalier Formal or 3-4 times/year decades Usually 2-D, can be volumetric; Informal Growing season or more gardens, orchards, walls Topiary Mostly 3-4 times/yr decades to Almost always 3D; gardens, formal Growing season centuries parks, cemeteries Remember: some of these techniques can be used simultaneously. Think: for every one you begin, how many will survive?