Sample the Apple and Pear Harvest October 12th
Our Sample the Apple and Pear Harvest Day, which takes place at WSU Mount Vernon in the Fruit Garden, will have a somewhat new format this year. There will be cider and apple variety tasting going on starting at 10:45 am so that you can get a taste of varieties and learn where your favorites are in the Fruit Garden before the picking begins. We will have some time for picking fruit before the educational talks begin, allowing each person to get some of their favorite fruit varieties, and then we will have three educational talks in succession: Our Antique Apple Collection, Kiwi growing and our new kiwi trellis, and Figs and Medlars. (See below for more information)
You may continue to pick fruit or you may go to any of the educational sessions you are interested in attending. There will be a bell at the end of each session to announce that the next session will begin in 5 minutes to give people time to go to the area of the Garden where the session will take place.
We will be handing out bags for people to put fruit in. Do not bring your own bags. No buckets, carts, wagons or wheelbarrows will be allowed. If you are handicapped and need help carrying bags let us know and we will help you.
Our Fruit Garden has a collection of over 30 heritage apple varieties in the Antique Apple Collection, mostly around the center oval of the garden. During our Winter Field Day in March we offer scionwood of many of these varieties for grafting so you can either graft your own or have one of our expert grafters put a little tree together for you for a nominal fee. Now is a good time for you to learn about (and taste) these heritage varieties to see which ones you might like to see growing in your own orchard, whether large or small.
We have hardy kiwis, which look like a large grape and don’t need to be peeled, and the more well known fuzzy kiwis in our Fruit Garden. Kiwi vines need a strong trellis, and we have installed a new trellis this year, which was designed by Richard Fairfield who will be talking about the kiwis and how to trellis them. You will be able to take some kiwi fruit home from the event.
While many people know what figs are, it may surprise you to know that you can grow wonderful figs here in Western Washington.
Medlars are an ancient fruit that few people know about. They grow on a bush or small tree and are attractive in the garden. How does one eat this mysterious fruit? This will be your opportunity to find out.
Our Fruit Garden
Our Fruit Garden, located at 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon, WA, is open to the public 7 days a week from dawn to dusk. The Fruit Garden is west of the Discovery Garden.
If you are not able to visit our Fruit Garden in person, you can take a home Fruit Garden Tour.
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