Classes

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
  • King County Library System

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 Appearances & Events

Seminar: Time To Prune

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

Certified Arborist and Horticulturist Alan Haywood will show 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 seminar is available at different times throughout the year. Call Alan at 253-259-4474 to find out about the next seminar!

Seminar: Introduction to Sustainable Gardening and Landscaping

Learn from Certified Arborist and Horticulturist Alan Haywood to create a great-looking landscape or garden that's healthier for you, your family, your pets, and the environment while saving you time and money! Topics include using a sustainable and economical approach to planning and managing a landscape or garden based on five components: soil, water, plants, materials and health.

Seminar: Fruit Growing in Your Backyard

Learn the basics of the fruit culture in the Pacific NW climate. Certified Arborist and Horticulturist Alan Haywood will show you how to properly plant and care for your trees, which varieties do best in our mild climate, and how to avoid or deal with common insects and diseases. This course also includes fruit tree pruning.

Seminar: Basic Pruning

Learn the basics of pruning so you can do it yourself! Alan Haywood will explain the reasons to prune, how pruning affects plant growth, and the influence it has on flowering. Learn the differences of pruning evergreens and deciduous trees, fruit and rose plants, and the tools of the trade. Alan has extensive knowledge of the field of pruning. Learn about proper pruning techniques to enhance your landscape and improve health and vigor of your trees and shrubs.