Es­palier

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

Work­ing with a lim­ited amount of wall space, he dras­ti­cally pruned the trees in or­der to ac­com­mo­date all of them. The close prox­im­ity to the brick walls pro­vided added warmth and served to in­crease yields. Goli­noski con­cedes es­palier can be a com­pli­cated thing to start from scratch, but it’s a con­cept that in­trigues him. A fear­less gar­dener who is at home with a pair of prun­ing shears, he has ex­per­i­mented suc­cess­fully with grow­ing an es­paliered honey crisp ap­ple tree against the oth­er­wise bar­ren out­side wall of the garage in his daugh­ter’s back­yard. This early space saver, says Goli­noski, could be an un­sur­passed dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ment whose time has come for Win­nipeg home­own­ers with minis­cule gar­dens. Sara Wil­liams agrees, say­ing it might be an ideal so­lu­tion in a small condo gar­den or court­yard gar­den en­closed by a wall or high fence. Sara Wil­liams, a well-known Prairie hor­ti­cul­tur­ist and au­thor of sev­eral gar­den­ing books, con­ducts an­nual over­seas gar­den tours that have taken her into some of the most ex­clu­sive back­yards. She has seen many ex­am­ples of es­palier, in­clud­ing spec­i­mens well over 50 years old, trained into a va­ri­ety of shapes, such as the clas­sic fan or can­de­labra. “I think that es­palier is best used as orig­i­nally in­tended — where space is lim­ited,” says Wil­liams, ad­ding south or west-fac­ing walls or fences pro­vide the amount of sun ex­po­sure all es­paliers need. While few might have the in­cli­na­tion to train and prune a young tree into an es­palier, we might be per­suaded to plant a ready-made es­palier. Eas­ier to mas­ter the tech­nique of ju­di­cious prun­ing on an an­nual ba­sis to main­tain the unique form than to pro­duce tiers of branches. Jan Ped­er­sen, sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive

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