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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 business when he opened Maples for all Seasons, a Nursery specializing in Japanese Maples. His passion grew from when he acquired his first Japanese Maple, Acer japonicum, Aconitifolium, 19 years ago, to a collection that now consists of almost ¾ of the world’s available cultivars. Barry regularly conducts 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 has been on Radio, most recently Ciscoe Morris’ “Gardening with Ciscoe” on 97.3 KIRO FM, Seattle, WA; Bob Tanem’s “In the Garden” on KSFO, 560AM, San Francisco, CA; Farmer Fred, Fred Hoffman’s “ Garden Show” on NewsTalk 1530AM KFBK in Sacramento, CA and does regular appearances at local Garden Clubs, Home and Garden Shows, Landscape and Garden Shows, and Nurseries throughout the United States. Barry is also a visiting instructor at Heather Farms, Walnut Creek, CA. 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 Plant Market, at this year’s show.

Pruning Japanese Maples from an Arborist Point of View

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.

Sunday, Feb 11 at 3:15 pm / DIY Stage