Monday, December 28, 2009

Fruit tree expert will teaching pruning in a West Seattle Orchard

John Reardon, vice president of the Seattle Tree Fruit Society, will teach a basic pruning class at his home orchard in the Delridge neighborhood on Saturday January 9, 10 am to noon. This is a rare chance to learn pruning techniques on well-maintained fruit trees and (fuzzless) kiwi vines.

John is a passionate lay fruit grower who has taught classes for Plant Amnesty, Seattle Tree Fruit Society and City Fruit. He notes: “I enjoy pruning! My goals are to encourage easy picking and to create productive plants. I encourage lots of questions and believe in learning by doing.”

Cost is $15 for City Fruit members and $20 general. Register at Brown Paper Tickets or send a check to City Fruit, PO Box 28577, Seattle 98118.

City Fruit is an organization that helps urban neighborhoods grow and harvest fruit. In 2009 West Seattle residents donated more than 6,600 pounds of fruit to food banks and meals programs. Healthy trees will produce more—and better—fruit, and pruning a tree is one way to maintain its health and vigor. City Fruit is sponsoring the class; the Phinney Neighborhood Association is a co-sponsor.

--Gail Savina, City Fruit,

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