Join the Seattle Tree Fruit Society and Highline College for the 11th annual grafting festival – event link here: http://www.
Watch the most experienced grafters in the area demonstrate grafting or, make your own tree on site.
Friday, March 18, noon – 4 pm – The warm-up – events are geared toward people new to the art of grafting and fruit tree care.
The Agenda for Friday noon to 4 is
1) Introduction to Growing Fruit- a discussion of appropriate methods and varieties for growing fruit in our region
2) Soil 101 the Basics- a demonstration of using a King Conservation District soil test to guide soil preparation before planting
3) Orchard Mason Bees-a workshop of raising and using Orchard Mason bees for pollinating fruit
4) How to Graft Fruit Trees- A demonstration of basic bench grafting to create desired varieties of apple trees
Saturday, March 19, 10 am – 3 pm – The main show – dozens of Scion and rootstocks available for you to try the art yourself.
The Agenda for Saturday is:
1) “Three Bees” – a presentation of three important pollinators: Honey Bees, Mason Bees, and Bumble Bees
2) “Raising Kiwis in the Pacific Northwest” – a presentation of cultural methods for kiwis in the PNW
3) “Growing Figs” – a discussion of the best varieties and methods of producing figs in the Pacific Northwest.
4) “Creating a Food Forest” – using companion planting to create a diversity of food crops in a small area.
5) “Making Perry Modern” – growing and processing Asian pears into Perry.
6) “Beyond Jam” – discussing the many culinary uses of fruit
Also attached are directions to Highline College.
Questions? email seattletreefruitsociety@gmail.