Now that the smoke has finally begun to clear, it’s time to head outdoors. Hopefully that includes a trip to the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, going on now through September 3. SCFS has a booth in the 260 area, between the Red Gate and the Grandstand and right next to the bee booth. SCFS Members will be manning the booth on the weekends as well as the last day of the fair. Stop in an say hello and take a look at the display including a list of the upcoming seminars for this fall. Enjoy!
Welcome to the Snohomish County Fruit Society’s booth at the Evergreen State Fair!
What a lovely do to talk fruit at the fair.
SCFS booth in the 260 area (agriculture) between the grandstands and the Red Gate.
Find a sampling of fruit that grows in our western Washington climate and resources that help you grow fruit in your own backyard.
Make sure to sign up for our basket full of fruit…plants, along with other goodies in there this year too.
A pot full of young grafted apples. In this case the rootstock is a dark, purple wood and the scions are a lighter green, making the graft union easily identified.
5 varieties of apple all bud grafted to one tree.
A bountiful harvest!
Saturday, February 24, from 9am – 4pm
Join Plant Amnesty and Sky Nursery for a full day of free pruning demonstrations, consultations, and fun.
Free pruning seminars throughout the day on various topics:
9:30 Structural Pruning Young Trees
11:00 Clematis Made Easy
12:30 Training Young Fruit Trees
2:00 Pruning Japanese Maples
Horticultural organizations to answer your questions:
Seattle Tree Fruit Society
The Garden Hotline
NE Seattle Tool Library
Free mini design consultations with local landscapers.
Walk & Talk with a Plant Geek–tour Sky Nursery with an expert and get answers to your plant questions.
Bring your hand pruners for sharpening (no saws!) and learn to clean and care for your tools.
A portion of Sky’s sales for the day will be donated to Plant Amnesty to support their educational programs.
**POSTPONED** due to a wet and windy weather system that is coming in Friday though Sunday. Please check back for a rescheduled date (possibly March 17th).
Take the terror out of pruning fruit trees with instruction that shows how to approach the task, and reduces the number of difficult decisions needed. Greg Giuliani and Randy Lee will be teaming up again to give a hands-on pruning workshop of apple and pear trees at the Dougherty Farmstead in Duvall on Sat, Feb. 17 from 10am-12pm. Dougherty Farmstead is a restored historical farm (circa 1888) with some of the oldest standing structures in the Snoqualmie River Valley. Last year Greg did year 1 renovative pruning on a very old pear tree as well as some pruning on several smaller apple trees. Join the Snohomish County Fruit Society, Greg, and Randy as they tackle year 2 on the pear tree (out of a 3 year plan) as well as several other trees on the property.
Please sign up online so we can plan appropriately for group size and so that we can notify you if there are any changes to the workshop (ie. alterations due to weather). Thanks!
Parking: just southeast of the Farmstead on Cherry Valley Road (opposite side of the road from the farm) there is a school – you can park in their parking lot and walk across the road to the Farmstead. There is some limited parking immediately at the farmstead. ***Please note that Cherry Valley Road has two sections which do not connect.*** You want to turn off of Hwy 203 onto the southern section of CV Rd, just north of Duvall (versus just south of Monroe).
Bring: Each attendee should bring their own pruning tools as well as weather appropriate clothing.
Please join us on Thursday, March 9, from 7-9 pm at the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club to listen to Alexander Eppler speak to us about currants, gooseberries and their hybrids, their cultivation and their uses. We are thrilled to host Mr. Eppler, past President of the Ribes Association. Mr. Eppler has grown ribes since the 1970’s in both Europe and the USA, both privately and commercially. Mr. Eppler was formerly part of the Bulgarian State Conservatory as a conductor and, currently owns Eppler Flutes. It is sure to be an interesting evening and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday!
Snohomish Boys and Girls Club, 402 2nd Street, Snohomish, WA 98290. SCFS is a chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society (WCFS) http://www.wcfs.org. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited.
Snohomish County Fruit Society
A Chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society
Mason Bees – gentle, amazing pollinators, and easy to raise. We are fortunate enough to have a local mason bee expert, Dave Hunter, founder and owner of Crown Bees in Woodinville share with us this week about these bees. Dave is also the founder of the commercial organization, Orchard Bee Association and has served on the advisory board of the USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative for 10 years. He works with researchers across the world to ensure that what is known about mason bees is centralized and shared with all.
Crown Bees raises and sells solitary bees online, in nurseries, in orchards, and soon to be big box. They are working to change how the world pollinates it food.