Welcome to NW Fruit!

We’re located at the Washington State University Northwest Washington Research and Extension Center, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

We will be having Saturday mornings from 9-12 to work in the garden.  Please bring a water bottle, hat, hand pruners if you have them, and dress for the weather.  We will be mulching blueberries, moving sod, giving instruction on pruning, and eventually thinning fruit.  For more information email: info@nwfruit.org

Thank you to all who attended our 2024 NW Fruit Winter Field Day We look forward to seeing you again at a future event.

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.

The espalier Welcome sign as seen from the Master Gardeners Discovery Garden

Posted on November 30, 2020 by admin


Honeycrisp apples on the Welcome espalier.

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.

Golden Russett apples have incredible flavor; you won’t find these at the grocery store!

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.

Our new kiwi trellis is much sturdier than the old one.

While many people know what figs are, it may surprise you to know that you can grow wonderful figs here in Western Washington.

A luscious fig awaits discovery…

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.

What is this strange fruit? A Medlar.

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.

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