Alan is an experienced public speaker and instructor. Over the years he has worked with numerous organizations to give presentations and put on classes on a variety of horticultural and arborcultural subjects. His audiences have included parks maintenance staff, professional arborists and landscape professionals, city planners and engineers as well as ordinary homeowners and garden enthusiasts. He has presented for the cities of Issaquah, Bellevue, and Renton. He regularly teaches adult education classes for Green River Community College and has also taught for:

  • Washington Recreation and Parks Association
  • Pacific Northwest Resource Management School
  • Washington State University Extension Pesticide License Recertification Program
  • Washington State Department of Natural Resources. 

Additionally, he has given presentations to local garden clubs, the Bellevue Botanical Garden, the Lake Wilderness Arboretum Foundation, Master Gardener groups and local preserves and garden centers. He has been providing an annual pruning class for Squak Mountain Nursery in Issaquah for 20 years.

Past Classes

Best Management Practices for Sustainable Landscapes

Monday, January 29th and Wednesday February 14th

Time to Prune

Saturday, February 3th 10:30AM to Noon

Maple Valley Library
21844 SE 248th St, Maple Valley, WA

It's time to prune - learn to do it the right way!

Certified arborist, and Horticulturist, Alan Haywood, will show us how to prune effectively to promote healthy, attractive trees and shrubs during the coming growing season.
Homeowners, gardeners, and landscape professionals are invited to explore some of the dos and don'ts of pruning at this free seminar.

Alan worked with the City of Issaquah's Parks and Rec Department as a gardener, horticulturist, arborist, and maintenance supervisor for 30 years and is now self-employed as an arborist, tree risk assessor, and landscape pruner

This free one-hour program is open to the public.

Sponsored by the
Lake Wilderness Arboretum Foundation (253.293.5103)

Pruning for Health and Beauty

Pruning for Health and Beauty

January 27 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Alan Haywood, lead arborist for the City of Issaquah for decades, has an extensive knowledge in the field of pruning. Learn about proper pruning techniques to enhance your landscape and improve the health and vigor of your trees and shrubs.

Our most popular class of the year!

Free/No RSVP needed

Indoors where it's warm and cozy!

Seating provided

IPM Pruning Workshop

Wednesday January 17th

Pruning for Plant Health and Plant Problem Diagnosis & IPM

Learn pruning techniques for shrubs and trees to improve air circulation, light penetration,
and disease management. Develop hands-on diagnostic skills to use as the first step in IPM.

Best Management Practices for Sustainable Landscapes

Wednesday, December 6th and Wednesday, January 10th