The Art of Espaliering

Brought to you by The Diggers Club

Your Masterclass

Espalier is an ancient art form of training and pruning fruit trees to grow along a two-dimensional plane. Espaliering makes the best use of vertical spaces such as against north-facing walls, or that narrow gap between the driveway and fence, they can even be grown in pots. Learn from our espalier expert on how to set up and maintain these amazing works of art in your garden.

We will explore:

  • Why espalier is so versatile
  • Where it's best used
  • The basics of creating your own espalier fruit trees
  • Correct tree selection with the correct rootstock
  • Setting up supports
  • Training, pruning & shaping
  • Maintaining your espalier to ensure a healthy, beautiful and productive specimen

You will learn just how productive well-trained espaliered trees can be, especially in gardens with limited space.

Morning tea is included.

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Your Presenter

Julian is the Head Gardener at St Erth, where he is curator of the espalier orchard, the food forest, and the bulb meadows, and he is a highly experienced market gardener and passionate fork to fork foodie!

The Location

Featuring over 4 acres of food, cottage and bush gardens each season provides different delights and inspiration to both experienced and aspiring gardeners. The gardens are filled with plants which thrive in central Victoria’s cold winters and hot dry summers. A huge range of daffodils, hellebores and other flowering bulbs bring the garden to life in spring.

Visitors can admire the colour and beauty of our perennial flower borders throughout summer and autumn with hardy, long flowering perennials creating an amazing cottage garden display amongst our Australian bush setting.

The Garden has been certified organic since 2008 and Digger’s range of perennials, bulbs and heirloom vegetables are grown at St Erth using the best organic methods. Seasonal produce from our kitchen gardens is served at St Erth café throughout the year.

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The Art of Espaliering

23 June 2024

The Garden of St Erth (Blackwood)

Sunday 10am - 1pm

Limited tickets, don't miss out.

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