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!
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.
Volunteers are needed to staff our educational booth at the 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show, February 20 – 24, 2013 at the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle.
This is your opportunity to promote fruit growing in Puget Sound and share your interests with show attendees..
Shifts are available for each show day. As a volunteer, you receive free admission to the show that day in return for staffing our booth for one shift (four hours).
The Northwest Flower and Garden Show is celebrating its 25th anniversary and it promises to be a great celebration. Do join us!
To volunteer, please email us.
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, March 2, 2013 come join us for the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation’s Winter Field Day. This year’s theme is “Local and Organic”. Come learn to prune and graft and as always we will have rootstock and scionwood available for sale to graft your own tree! Entry is free to all members or $15/ per person.
You can see Sam Benowitz’s presentation on 20 Years of Research and Outreach here.
Our next event is the Apple and Pear Day on October 13th, 2012!
Learn about the hard cider research program and see samples of cider apples. Some cider apples will be available for tasting, but many are too bitter for fresh eating. There will be some fresh eating apples and pears available for picking to take home. For more information go to Apple and Pear Day.
WWFRF volunteers and board members are busily preparing for this year’s Summer Fruit Festival, to be held on August 18, 2012. This year we’ll have:
- Learn to start your espalier orchard or take it to the next level with workshops in the Display Garden, which features a large, mature espalier collection
- Learn to encourage harvest quality and quantity and discover different forms and methods for training
- Attend presentations on disease and pest control methods
- Join us as we demonstrate fruit preparation. A sampling of aronia-flavored sorbet will be available
- Guest speakers include Chef Graham Kerr, Raintree Nursery owner Sam Benowitz and Northwoods Nursery founder Jim Gilbert
We hope you will join us! Purchase entrance or read more about the event here.
Tomorrow we will finish pruning the blueberries and then return to pruning the fruit trees. It should be a great day and maybe the warmest day of the year. We’ll start at 9am and end at noon.
Thank you to all those who helped out on the field day.
See you tomorrow.
Just a quick note to say thank you to everyone who attended our Winter Field Day on Saturday! It was a great success and the weather even held for us. Looking forward to seeing you at our next event – the Cherry Fruit Day in July!
Hello WWFRF friends! Last week Gary Moulton gave a 1 hour pruning course in the WSU auditorium. It was free and open to the public. Many of us garden veterans attended. We were already familiar with many thoughts about pruning but some concepts were nicely refreshed.
At the end Tom invited all attendees a chance to practice on our trees. And, we did get a couple new volunteers for Thursday morning.
The last 2 weeks we have been busy into pruning. Some concepts of pruning apply to all trees such as allowing light to penetrate or removing dead wood. In our fruit garden we only have a few identical trees. We enjoy a wonderful variety of fruit and cultivars. (It would be interesting to count just how many varieties of apples we have.) Since each tree is a little different each one requires its own plan of attack. Fortunately we have pruners willing to help any novices.
This tree pruning will continue for several more weeks. Soon we will begin blueberry pruning. Then we start thinning the tree fruit. Busy, busy, busy.