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A Great Loss

Our Fruit Garden Designer, past president and long term board member, Kristan Johnson, passed away this month on November 17th.

Kristan was hired by WWFRF in 1997 to design the Fruit Garden and he ended up designing the basic layout of the entire WSU Volunteer Display Garden area. That same year he began to serve on the board of directors of WWFRF, and later served as president for 6 years. As the Fruit Garden designer and chair of the Fruit Garden committee, he guided the development of the Fruit Garden through the years and even personally moved many of the plants that were transplanted from the WSU plots so that they would remain available for public viewing after the WSU tests were competed.

Kristan had boundless enthusiasm, energy, and a multitude of ideas which he channeled into projects such as the Fruit Garden self-guided tour signs and the unique espalier Welcome sign. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Tom Wake (Garden Manager), Christy Nieto, and Kristan Johnson in 2015
The espalier Welcome sign as seen from the Master Gardeners Discovery Garden

Posted on November 30, 2020 by admin

What’s Coming Next?

We are making plans for next year and all we can tell you right now is that our Winter Field Day with Annual Membership Meeting will take place online. We are hoping to be able to make scion wood available and we hope to have a series of educational online classes with the audience able to ask the instructor their questions at the end of the class. Check here for more information in early January and we will also be sending emails to update our members about our plans.

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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.

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