Fruit Garden Mission: To provide support to WSU NWREC Fruit Horticulture Program through field demonstrations, educational activities, handouts, signage, website support and providing examples of recommended fruit varieties and their culture.
The Fruit Garden is open to the public 7 days a week from dawn to dusk. It is forbidden to pick fruit without specific authorization.
Members of the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation are in the process of creating a six acre Fruit Garden to allow the public to view successful fruit varieties and cultural methods for our Pacific maritime climate. Organic growing methods are encouraged.
The basic plan features a central oval of grass meadow, enclosed by a surrounding pathway bordered on either side by a lane of fruit trees. The inner-oval planting consists of 28 heirloom or “old-time” apples such as Esopus Spitzenberg, Yellow Newtown and others that were well known in early settlement orchards. The outer-oval trees consist of various varieties of fruit recommended for our area, starting with apples to the North and peaches to the South, with pears, Asian pears, plums and cherries in between.
A roadway is planned to circle the entire garden. Nut, apple and stone-fruit trees are located along the West and South fences. Twelve individual plots were designed to demonstrate specific cultural projects. Areas are also set aside for arbors on which wine and table grapes, kiwis, and other vines can be grown. Other projects will include unusual fruits, rootstock comparisons, pruning methods, extensive espalier designs and ornamental/edible landscaping.
Mature fruit trees from WSU Research plots have been added as they become available. Pruning, grafting and tree-training techniques are demonstrated at the Winter Field-Day and Summer Fruit Festival events.
|A-1. North Entrance||A-7. Apples, Pears||A-13. Settler’s garden (future)|
|A-2. Wine Grape Arbor (future)||A-8. Cherry,pear espalier||A-14. Table Grape Arbor (future)|
|A-3. Outer Oval 36 Fruit Trees||A-9. Kiwi Arbor / cherry plot||A-15. Inner Oval 28 Antique Apples|
|A-4. Edible garden (future)||A-10. Rootstock Trials||A-16. Summer Fruit Festival Event|
|A-5. Apples, Pears||A-11. Cherry Trees||A-17. West Fence Apple Trees|
|A-6. Apples, Pears||A-12. Apples, Plums||A-18. South Fence Stone-fruit Trees|