WWFRF: Espalier Workshop in the Fruit Garden

Kristan with espalier smallHands on Espalier Workshop at the WSU Mouth Vernon Research Station

The Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation (WWFRF) presents hands on espalier workshop in the WWFRF demonstration fruit garden, Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 11 am until 3 pm at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center (WSU Mount Vernon NWREC), 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon, Washington.

Hosted in cooperation with WSU Mount Vernon NWREC, Kristan Johnson, our fruit garden committee chair, will lead a hands-on espalier workshop. Bring your pruners and come and participate in this unique opportunity to learn how to prune and shape over 1,000 feet of espalier fruit trees in the six acre fruit garden.

The event is free to members of WWFRF; Non-members: $10 per person. Preregistration is required, contact Kristan Johnson at fruitgarden@olympus.net.  Visit the WWFRF website for more information.



Seattle Tilth: Prune Fruit Trees


PruneFruitTreesLearn the basics of healthy fruit tree pruning.

Prune Fruit Trees will cover how, when, and where to thin branches, remove deadwood, and deal with water shoots. This class will also show you how pruning can increase fruit production and sculpt your trees for health, beauty and a long life. Whether you’re starting a young tree or fixing old pruning errors, this class will help you guide your fruit trees into graceful, healthy, fruit laden works of art.

This class will include a significant hands-on component; feel free to bring pruning tools from home. We will be outside for some of this workshop — please dress for the weather!

If you want to learn more about fruit trees, check out our Grow Fruit in Small Spaces or Intro to Permaculture classes .

If you would like to register by paper, please use this form and e-mail  register@seattletilth.org, fax (206) 633-0450 or send to 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98103.

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Dormant Pruning Part 1 – Lecture

Winter Pruning

Dormant Pruning in winter

Learn the basics of pruning with an emphasis on the techniques and goals of dormant pruning, the physiology of a tree’s response to pruning, along with what to look for when deciding to prune or not to prune.   Sponsored by the WSU Snohomish County Extension.

To register, visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/438394


Young Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

Williams Pride apple

Learn & Observe Pruning Young Fruit Trees

Listen to a seasoned tree pruning professional discuss different strategies and then observe the pruning of two-year old trees in the Freeway Estates Community Orchard.

Instructor Ingela Wanerstrand has been a professional pruner for 20 years, has a permaculture certification and teaches numerous workshops in addition to teaching in the Horticulture program at Edmonds Community College.

Freeway Estates Community Orchard grows next to the sound wall on Interstate 5 in Wallingford.


Pruning Apples & Pears – Espalier Basics

Espalier treeLearn the art and craft of Espalier fruit trees

Apples and pears produce fruit on older wood, and encouraging spur development produces more fruit.  Espalier trees are great for spur production.  The class covers the basics of apple/pear tree pruning and discusses how to develop an espalier tree.  The first hour will be spent in the classroom and the second will be a hands-on pruning demonstration.

Instructor Bill Wanless is co-owner of brooke/wanless gardens, a garden care and pruning service.  He is an ISA certified arborist with over 20 years field experience. He specializes in pruning small trees, shrubs and vines, including fruit-bearing plants.

Register for the class at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/566748  

Cost is $20 for City Fruit members; $25 for general public; $15 for students.



Summer Fruit Tree Pruning

Summer is a great time to prune fruit trees

Some think it’s the best time.  Learn why to prune in late summer, the biology behind fruit tree pruning, pruning tools and basic cuts.

B Erwine 1Instructor Bill Wanless is co-owner of brooke/wanless gardens, a garden care and pruning service.  He is an ISA certified arborist with over 20 years field experience. He specializes in pruning small trees, shrubs and vines, including fruit-bearing plants.

This class is part of the Second Sunday Series of fruit tree classes, a collaboration between City People’s Garden Store and City Fruit.

Call City People’s at 206-324-0737 to register.







Free Workshop: Growing Apples and Pears

Cloud Mountain Farm Center in Everson opens its nursery to the public for the 2013 planting season and growing season on February 1st and, to support home gardeners, as well as experienced farmers, the center kicks off another series of educational workshops, beginning February 16th.

“Growing Apples and Pears” is a free workshop on the planting, growing and pruning of apple and pear tress. It will be offered on February 16th and 23rd from 10:30 am to noon.

For more information visit www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org or call 360.966.5869