All members are welcome to attend the board meeting. We will meet on November 21 from 9 am to 3 pm in Seattle at Sue Williams’ home. Potluck lunch. For directions email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the unusually warm weather this year the fruit is ripening early and we are moving the Apple and Pear Day up by 2 weeks.
Apple and Pear Day
Saturday, September 26th
11:00am – 2:00 pm
Sample apples and pears!
Registration begins at 10:30 am
11:00am Opening speeches, Fruit Garden information
11:00am – 1:00pm Cider Tasting
11:15am Pruning Demo
11:15am Fruit Garden Tours (green vested volunteers)
12:00am – 2:00pm Sampling Apple & Pear Varieties
Saturday, June 13th, 2015
This will be a chance to learn and get some hands on experience with thinning and putting footies on the developing apple fruit to deter apple maggot and coddling moth damage. The Board Meeting will take place at the same time and then we will have a combined potluck lunch with the workshop participants and then we will all help thin in the Fruit Garden.
10:30-12:30 WWFRF Board Meeting in Master Gardener’s Pavillion
10:00-10:30 Educational introduction to benefits of Thinning and applying Footies
10:30-12:30 Thinning & Footies in Fruit Garden
12:30-1:30 Combined potluck Participants & Board in Fruit Garden
1:30-3:30 Thinning & Footies in Fruit Garden
Don’t forget to bring something for the potluck lunch!
Susan Dolan is ill and will not be able to speak at the Winter Field Day, so her is an updated schedule.
Join us at our annual Winter Field Day on Saturday, March 7, 2015! We’ll have rootstock and scion wood sales, workshops on pruning and grafting, and Fruit Garden demonstrations on pruning. We hope to see you there!
Come to our Apple and Pear Day event on Saturday, October 11, 2014
Learn about apple and pear varieties and see a demonstration of how to prune a central leader tree to an open center shape. Sample sweet cider. There will be some fresh eating apples and pears available for picking to take home. Begins at 11:00 am. For more information go to Apple and Pear Day.
Come out and hear Lee Reich speaking on August 9th, followed by a tour of the espalier in our Fruit Garden. Bring a sack lunch.
Espalier Workshop in the
Saturday, July 19th
11:00 – 3:00
$10 for non-members (free to WWFRF members)
Preregistration required: contact Kristan Johnson at email@example.com
Bring your pruners! Learn how to help espalier specialist Kristan Johnson prune and shape over 1,000 feet of espaliers in this 6 acre Fruit Garden! This will get you started and better prepared for Lee Reich’s Espalier Fruit Garden tour on Aug 9th.
Author Lee Reich will be speaking on “Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden” and leading a subsequent tour of the espalier in the WWFRF demonstration fruit garden, Saturday, August 9, 2014, from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center (WSU Mount Vernon NWREC), 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon, Washington.
Lee will introduce some fruits, such as pawpaw, medlar, Nanking Cherry, and persimmon that are not well known, but have delectable flavors and are easy to grow. These uncommon fruits are cold hardy, laugh off pests, and require little, in some cases, no, pruning. And if that’s not enough: some of these fruits—hardy kiwi, juneberry, and cornelian cherry, for example—are borne on ornamental plants, perfect for “luscious landscaping.” Lee’s presentation will be followed by a book signing and then he will then discuss espalier during a tour of the WWFRF Fruit Garden.
Lee Reich, PhD is an avid farmdener (more than a garden, less than a farm) who turned from plant and soil research with the USDA and Cornell University to writing, lecturing, and consulting. His books include A NORTHEAST GARDENER’S YEAR, THE PRUNING BOOK, WEEDLESS GARDENING, UNCOMMON FRUITS FOR EVERY GARDEN, LANDSCAPING WITH FRUIT, and GROW FRUIT NATURALLY. His writing has appeared in such publications as Fine Gardening and Horticulture, and his gardening column for Associated Press appears bimonthly from coast to coast. His farmden is a test site for innovative techniques in soil care, pruning, and growing fruits and vegetables, and has been featured in Martha Stewart Living and The New York Times..
The event is Free to members of WWFRF; Non-members: $10 per person. Registration begins at 10:30am.
11:00-12:30 Lee Reich presents “Unusual Fruits For Every Garden” in the Sakuma Auditorium
12:30-1:00 Book sales and signing by Lee
1:15- 2:30 Tour of WWFRF Fruit Garden to discuss Espaliers
The event is Free to members of WWFRF; Non-members: $10 per person. Participants should bring a bag lunch.