Lee Reich to speak in August!

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 PhotoWashington 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.

Event Schedule

10:30-11:00 Registration

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.

 

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Prices for Winter Field Day

Scionwood – $3
Rootstock – $4
Grafting – $4
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Change in time for Board Meeting

The board meeting to be held on February 8th in the Atrium of the Convention Center in Seattle will begin at 10:00 am instead of 1:00 pm.

All members are welcome to attend.

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Winter Field Day

2014 WWFRF Scionwood & Rootstock List

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Winter Field Day March 1, 2014

Come to our Winter Field Day and learn about grafting, mason bees, fruit varieties from around the world, red fleshed apples, and the best apple varieties for Western Washington. There will be live demonstrations of pruning trees and blueberries in our Fruit Garden, and grafting demonstrations inside, and much more. Scionwood and rootstocks will be available for purchase.

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Apple and Pear Day

Our next event is the Apple and Pear Day on October 12th, 2013!

Learn about apple and pear varieties with scab resistance and anthracnose control.  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.

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Cherry Sampling Day July 13th!

Come out at 11:00 am on July 13th for our Cherry Sampling Day. Everyone always has fun sampling the many varieties of cherries. There will be a fee of $5 per bag to help cover the costs of maintenance for the cherry block.

Please check this page on the evening before the 13th in case a change is made to the schedule. Some years the date has to be changed or the crop is lost due to weather patterns.

For more information go to Cherry Fruit Day.

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Top Grafting Class on April 11

Learn how you can change an established tree to a new variety.  Come to the volunteer work day Thursday, April 11, at 9:00 am and attend the hands on top grafting class given by Bill Davis!

Be sure to check this page Wednesday the 10th in the evening for confirmation because if the weather will not cooperate the class will be moved to the next week.

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New Horticulture Student Membership Catagory

Horticulture Students who become members can now get a membership for $15. They must show proof of their horticulture student status and pay at an event to get this special price.  Our Winter Field Day this Saturday, March 2 is a perfect opportunity to purchase this memberships and then attend our classes and demonstrations for the day!

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Change of location for February 23rd Board Meeting

The Saturday, Feb 23rd Board Meeting has a new time and location since the newsletter was published. This is the correct information:

 1-4 pm at the WA. State Convention Center (Northwest Flower & Garden Show).  

If you enter at the main entrance on Pike Street (just East of Eighth street), go South and up the main lobby escalators to the 2nd floor landing and continue to the South end of the lobby where you will find our meeting place. All members are welcome to attend.

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