WSU Northwest Washington Research and Extension Center
16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Thank you to all who attended our 2023 Winter Field Day! We had great attendance at the event, and judging by the amounts of scion wood, root stock, and grafting that was done, there will be many new fruit trees bearing delicious apples, plums, pears, quince, pluerries, and cherries throughout the Northwest Pacific region in the coming years.
Here’s to growing great fruit!
The grafting of trees has occurred for millennia, as noted in this poem by Roman historian Virgil on grafting .
Click here to see a video on Heritage Apples with Larry Crum.
Click here to see our Antique Apples handout.
Posted on November 30, 2020 by admin
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 donâ€™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.
See our blog posts for news about events and other announcements.
Join the Fruit Garden volunteers!