Hedgerow being grow outside of a fence
Image by Matt Hollenbeck

hedgerow being grown outside of a fence


Growing North America Hedgerows

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 22, 2022, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join CCE Cortland for 2-part series on North American Hedgerow Growing and Maintenance. In this series, which includes a virtual talk with Q&A and a hedgerow walk, you will learn about ‘North American Hedgerows’; their history, types, and how to grow and maintain hedgerows with your specific needs in mind – using the techniques discussed to ‘make it your own’.

Hedgerows are a strip of dense plantings that act as a ‘living fence’. They are considered to have a variety of benefits including low maintenance fencing (once established), supporting local wildlife, creating beneficial microclimates and reducing watering needs, providing a harvest, and much more.

On the evening of Tuesday October 11th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm Jim Jones, a socio- ecologist and hedge layer originally from the UK and now a Canadian resident working at the University of Waterloo, will start us off in a virtual talk with plenty of time for Q&A where he will give us an overview of ‘what is a hedgerow’ - talking about them historically and in a location-based context. Jim will then dive into detail about North American Hedgerows and share with us the types of plants used together with practical experience (i.e. what makes a good North American Hedgerow, and how to plant, grow, and maintain).

Then on Saturday October 22nd from 1:30 – 3:00 we’ll take that discussion and see it in the context of the hedgerow work Matt Hollenbeck has been doing for the past five years. While we walk Matt will discuss what and why he has made the decisions he’s made (species, maintenance, practice) on his 1,3, and 5-year growths.

Register separately to attend each session (everyone who registers for the walk will receive a recording of the virtual session). The cost of each session is $5, this goes to support the work of CCE Cortland Ag in developing programming. Please do not let this cost keep you from attending – contact Dana M. Havas at dmh353@cornell.edu or (607)279-7640 to learn how we can waive the fee.

Register for the virtual workshop and Q&A by Monday, October 10th


Register for the hedgerow walk by Thursday, October 20th



$5 each


Dana Havas
Agriculture Team Leader

Last updated September 15, 2022