MANCHESTER - Hildene will host a pruning demonstration by local arborist Joe Blair on Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The U.V.M. Extension Service suggests that this is the best time of year for pruning fruit trees so the timing is opportune.

Blair will focus on two forms of pruning: corrective pruning for ornamentals and pruning to increase productivity for apple-bearing trees. The arborist will demonstrate these techniques on some of the estate's oldest trees. This Hildene horticultural program is free and open to the public. Check in is at the Welcome Center.

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To learn more about the pruning program call Stephanie at 802-367-7960 or email

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