Sunday 23rd June, 2019


Permakai, 81B Morley Road, Waiuku


10:00 Making tree paste
We kick off the workshop by stirring some tree paste. Tree paste is a biodynamic paste that nourishes and strengthens the bark/soil (cambium) of the tree. We will show you how to make it and later how to apply it.
11:00 Pruning theory
We will cover the reasons to prune plants, why its important to remove deadwood, what the different shaping techniques are and which type of tree is more suited for which shape, and talk about why pruning is important factor in increasing the yield or quality of flowers and fruits.
12:00 Shared lunch
Please bring a plate to share for lunch. We will provide tea, coffee, and fresh bread
13:00 Pruning practice
We now move to the orchard where Laurence will outline what pruning he would recommend from a selection of our trees – apple, pear, nectarine, plum, and peach. You will then be split into groups and allowed to decide which branches should be removed on one or more of the trees. You will indicate the branches by tying on coloured wool tags. Laurence will then lead the discussion at one of the trees referring to the tags. Once it has been decided which branches should go he will demonstrate the correct pruning tool and method.

NOTE: If the weather is not suitable for pruning we will leave the actual cutting to a better day.

We will round the practical session off by applying the tree paste we have made to a number of the trees.
15:30 Wrap up
Back into our barn for  wrap up, Q & A session, and farewell


This promises to be an informative and fun day. It will go ahead unless the weather is absolutely atrocious. If we decide to cancel we will post a message to that effect on this page and try to send you an email, and/or txt message – we will decide this on the SUNDAY MORNING.

What to bring

Please bring a koha for the workshop facilitators

You will need to wear gumboots and since we are a certified organic farm we request these be cleaned thoroughly before you arrive. You may also like to bring your favourite pruning shears and saw. Please dont be insulted when we disinfect them before and after as its important to ensure diseases are not transmitted

Workshop Facilitator

 – Laurence Speedy BSc –

Laurence joined the Auckland Botanical Gardens over 6 years ago and currently manages the children’s garden, the orchard and oversees the shrub trials. He is currently following our Permakai Programme with a view to enhancing his knowledge and skill in organic and biodynamic gardening techniques.