Thinning & Footies Workshop

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!

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Change to the Winter Field Day schedule

Susan Dolan is ill and will not be able to speak at the Winter Field Day, so her is an updated schedule.

Revised Winter Field Day Schedule

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Rootstocks and scionwood available for purchase at the 2015 Winter Field Day

Scionwood and rootstocks

Scionwood – $3
Rootstock – $4


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Winter Field Day coming March 7, 2015

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!

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Apple and Pear Day

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.

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Lee Reich to speak this Saturday, August 9th!

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.

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Cherry Day is Canceled – Espalier Workshop Instead on Saturday, July 19th 11:00 – 3:00


Espalier Workshop in the

Fruit Garden

Saturday, July 19th

11:00 – 3:00

$10 for non-members (free to WWFRF members)

Preregistration required: contact Kristan Johnson at
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.

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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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