This program presents examples of many different cultivars of Japanese maples and discusses how best to grow them. It also includes a discussion of grafting and why this is the most popular method of propagating Japanese maples. Handouts describe proper placement and care of Japanese maples.
This program is presented by Jefferson County Master Gardener, David Doggett. David is a retired computer programmer living in Irondale where his yard once received the Irondale Beautification Award. He has been a gardener for the last 12 years and a Jefferson County Master Gardener since 2010. At Aldridge Gardens David gives guided tours to adult groups. He is a member of the Alabama Hydrangea Society.
David has become a collector of Japanese maples and in recent years has taken up grafting Japanese maples which he sells through his backyard nursery business called Trees Company. You can Google “Irondale Japanese maples” to find a Birmingham News article about David and his Japanese maple business. He also propagates Hydrangeas and various other trees and shrubs in his backyard nursery.