Author Lee Reich will be speaking on â€œUncommon Fruits for Every Gardenâ€ and leading a subsequent tour of the espalier in the WWFRF demonstration fruit garden, Saturday, August 9, 2014, from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center (WSU Mount Vernon NWREC), 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon, Washington.
Lee will introduce some fruits, such as pawpaw, medlar, Nanking Cherry, and persimmon that are not well known, but have delectable flavors and are easy to grow. These uncommon fruits are cold hardy, laugh off pests, and require little, in some cases, no, pruning. And if that’s not enough: some of these fruitsâ€”hardy kiwi, juneberry, and cornelian cherry, for exampleâ€”are borne on ornamental plants, perfect for “luscious landscaping.” Leeâ€™s presentation will be followed by a book signing and then he will then discuss espalier during a tour of the WWFRF Fruit Garden.
Lee Reich, PhD is an avid farmdener (more than a garden, less than a farm) who turned from plant and soil research with the USDA and Cornell University to writing, lecturing, and consulting. His books include A NORTHEAST GARDENER’S YEAR, THE PRUNING BOOK, WEEDLESS GARDENING, UNCOMMON FRUITS FOR EVERY GARDEN, LANDSCAPING WITH FRUIT, and GROW FRUIT NATURALLY. His writing has appeared in such publications as Fine Gardening and Horticulture, and his gardening column for Associated Press appears bimonthly from coast to coast. His farmden is a test site for innovative techniques in soil care, pruning, and growing fruits and vegetables, and has been featured in Martha Stewart Living and The New York Times..
The event is Free to members of WWFRF; Non-members: $10 per person. Registration begins at 10:30am.
11:00-12:30 Lee Reich presents â€œUnusual Fruits For Every Gardenâ€ in the Sakuma Auditorium
12:30-1:00 Book sales and signing by Lee
1:15- 2:30 Tour of WWFRF Fruit Garden to discuss Espaliers
The event is Free to members of WWFRF; Non-members: $10 per person. Participants should bring a bag lunch.