Free Pruning Demonstration on the grounds on March 18.

The Sisters of St. Benedict are hosting a free landscape pruning demonstration on Saturday, March 18, starting at 9:00 a.m. (ET).

The Sisters of St. Benedict believe strongly in protecting our Earth, and one way to do that is to treat landscape trees and shrubs properly. Urban trees and shrubs not only beautify our communities, but they provide shelter and food for birds and other wildlife. Appropriate care, including proper pruning, will keep these plants alive and healthy for many years.

The pruning demonstration will be led by Larry Caplan, retired Extension Horticulture Educator and owner of Caplan’s Tree and Landscape Consulting. Larry has been teaching proper pruning techniques for over 35 years in southern Indiana. Monastery grounds crew members will also be present to explain some of the history of the site.

The pruning demonstration will begin on the southwest corner of the monastery property, at the corner of East 10th Street and Alabama Street in Ferdinand. Visitors are invited to park alongside the streets. We will meet at the welcome sign at the corner. 

In the event of rain, the pruning demonstration will be moved to Saturday, March 25.

If you have any questions, contact:
Sister Jean Marie Ballard at
Larry Caplan at