Field Trip: January 11, 2014 10 am – noon

Pruning Demonstration at 600 West Ellis Avenue in Inglewood.

We will start 2014 with a great Pruning Demonstration by WLA member Pieter Severynen, a professional arborist and landscape architect.   Pieter is a California licensed landscape architect and ISA certified arborist.  He has been working with fruit trees for over 40 years. He studied subtropical agriculture in the Netherlands, where he received his pruning diploma from the State Agricultural College in Deventer. He graduated in landscape architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. After a career in land planning with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, he set up his own landscape architect and consulting arborist office in Los Angeles.

Pieter’s company, Pieter Severynen Associates, specializes in the establishment and pruning of sustainable, organic orchards and fruit trees, aiming for high yield and maximum enjoyment.  His company provides two key services: 1) Arboriculture: consulting on trees and landscaping, and 2) Landscape Architecture: outdoor environment & garden design. Pieter provides on-site advice on selecting climate- appropriate trees and plants and keeping them healthy for a very long time, using minimum water and fertilizer, while keeping gardens sustainable with minimum impact on the environment.

Pieter has taught at UCLA Extension, written articles for various newsletters, blogged “Tree of the Week” articles for the LA Times.  He teaches classes in and publicly speaks on arboriculture, planning, environmental subjects, gardening, urban forestry, and fruit tree pruning and maintenance. He has been the Director of Planning and Design for North East Trees, a nonprofit Los Angeles environmental design/build firm that practices urban forestry, watershed rehabilitation, park design and community stewardship.

The demonstration will be hosted at the lovely home garden of member Sue Oppenheimer.  Thank you in advance, Sue!

If you have trees, then you need to prune.  If you need to prune, then you need to see Pieter’s demonstration!  Bring any pruning questions you have.


Take the 405 south to La Tijera Blvd and turn east.  Make a slight right onto West Centinela Ave.  Turn left onto W Beach Ave.  Then take the 2nd left onto West Ellis Ave.    600 West Ellis Ave. will be on your left.


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