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Barry Hoffer

Arborist and owner, Maples for All Seasons

Barry’s passion is Japanese Maples. He turned his passion into a nursery, based in Pleasanton, CA specializing in Japanese Maples, Maples for All Seasons, with his wife and fellow Japanese Maple expert, Sue Hoffer. Barry’s passion grew from when he acquired his first Japanese Maple 18 years ago, to a collection of almost ¾ of the world’s available cultivars. He regularly conducts popular classes as “The Maple Guy,” teaching about gardening with Japanese Maples, the care and pruning of the Japanese maples as well as discussing the four seasons of the Japanese Maples. Being an expert on Japanese Maples as well as an Arborist, specializing in Japanese Maples, including the care, planting and pruning, Barry is a frequent radio guest on “Gardening with Ciscoe” as well as with Farmer Fred Hoffman’s “Garden Show” on News Talk Radio in Sacramento, CA. Barry does regular appearances at local garden clubs, garden shows, and nurseries throughout the US. Barry owns Maples for all Seasons with his wife and fellow Japanese maple expert, Sue Hoffer. They are both members of the International Society of Arboriculture, Western Chapter.

Visit Maples for All Seasons, booth #2134 in the North Hall, at this year’s show.

The Art of Pruning Japanese Maples

Barry Hoffer has a passion for Japanese maples, an invaluable tree for the Northwest landscape. He will explain the philosophy of pruning and then demonstrate proper pruning technique on an actual Japanese maple tree showing each essential point. As an aesthetic arborist, he’ll talk about making proper cuts, soil and the overall health of the tree. Diseases associated with the Japanese Maples are covered, including how to repair and remove diseased branches and treatment.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 11:45 am / DIY Stage