Rational Pruning

Rational Pruning

Lecture and field walk with Wayne Cahilly
Saturday, April 13th at the Madoo Conservancy
10 AM to Noon Co-hosted by the Madoo
Conservancy, 618 Sagg Main Street, Sagaponack. Guests and husbands welcome.

Pruning is both an art and science. Join us to explore how the practice of pruning and an understanding of plant physiology and ecology can lead to greater success in the garden. A presentation of concepts, timing, and tools will precede a field walk where specific situations will be discussed, and techniques demonstrated where appropriate.

Wayne Cahilly is an arborist with nearly forty years’ experience in tree and shrub care. He has worked and taught at the New York Botanical Garden since the early 1980’s and has operated Cahilly’s Horticultural Services, LLC since 1985. As a consultant who specializes in woody plant health, risk assessment, and failure analysis of fallen trees, Wayne brings a unique set of skills and experience to the subject of pruning.  Both someone who likes a “tree puzzle” and an historian, Wayne once wrote, after basing his age estimate for a tulip tree in Sag Harbor on its caliper and rates of growth of tulip trees in Europe and other similar climates, that it was perhaps planted “as a memorial to the first performance of Beethoven’s 4th Symphony in B (March 5, 1807).”

A 1984 graduate of NYBG’s School of Professional Horticulture, Wayne currently is the manager of NYBG’s Institutional Mapping Department and serves as site historian for the Garden.  He is a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists, is ISA certified, and is a Certified Tree Risk Assessor. Past positions held at NYBG include Manager, Arboretum and Grounds and Lead Arborist. With over 30,000 trees collected from all over the world on its campus, Wayne has an unrivaled depth of experience.

Wayne also teaches Tree Management, Landscape Measurement, and Fundamentals of Digital Photography at NYBG.  He lives in New Jersey with his wife Audrey, three of their five adult children, three cats, and numerous fish.