2017 Workshops

During 2017 I will be instructing as reduced set of workshops as I refocus my efforts in on consulting, developing espalier trees and information products. A series of 6 workshops are being offered through the Fraser Valley Continuing Education Starting mid February. Three different workshops with two offerings each. All of the workshops will take place at Art’s Nursery at 8940 192nd Street, North Surrey, British Columbia.

Espalier Training of Fruit Trees – Feb. 19th and April 20th

How to Choose and Plant New Fruit Trees in Your Garden – Feb. 26th and March 30th

Organic Tree and Shrub Insect and Disease Control – March 12th and April 6th

I look forward to seeing you at these workshops. For more information see the online catalog at www.langleycontinuingeducation.ca  To register phone 604-533-4227

Richard Hallman

Welcome to 2017

Happy new year. It is a new year and a new growing season. I love every part of the year when working with fruit trees, but there is something special about the dormant season. Without leaves all is visible, branches,. branch angles, fruiting spurs and fruit buds. We had a very wet fall and so far the winter has felt more like the interior rather than the west coast. Frozen ground, 12 inches of snow….. I am concerned that the wet weather during the fall will result in a significant increase in Apple Anthracnose and European Canker on apples a range of other diseases on other plants. This is likely the year that anyone who did not apply protective fungicides to their apple trees in the fall will be doing a lot of cutting during the growing season to catch up.

Richard Hallman Dormant Pruning in the Similkameen Valley 1978

Richard Hallman Dormant Pruning in the Similkameen Valley 1978

Summer Grafting

Fruit tree grafting in  temperate climates can be done from mid winter through to the early fall. I grew up on a small commercial orchard and learned to T-Bud when I was 10 years old, so Summer T-Budding has always been a favorite of mine. During the 1970’s and 1980’s Chip budding started being used and now it is the most common type of summer grafting. Chip budding is basically miniature (single bud) grafting. Chip budding works from the dormant season through spring and summer and into early fall.

Completed T-Bud

Completed T-Bud

Completed Chip Bud

Completed Chip Bud

There are several other types of summer grafting including

approach grafting, side grafting and in-arch grafting.

During the last three weeks I instructed 5 summer grafting workshop and the interest has been significantly higher than in previous years. I do not have any further summer grafting workshops planned for this year, I do do private Fruit Tree Grafting sessions on demand. Contact me for a quote.

Best wishes

Richard Hallman, P.Ag

UBC Botanical Garden Pomologist in Residence

Workshop Change: April 23 – Growing Espalier Fruit Trees in Containers – An Onsite Workshop

There was a mix up with this workshop, it is a 2.5 hour workshop, not a 4 hour workshop as preciously advertised.

Saturday, April 23, at the Roof Garden of the Athletes Village Coop in partnership with the UBC Botanical Garden

10 a.m. – 12:30  Growing Espalier Fruit Trees in Containers

The Athletes Village Coop have 45 fruit trees growing in their rooftop garden, most of them in containers. This collection of container grown fruit trees is the setting for this workshop. The morning session is about how to successfully grow fruit trees in container for the long term and the afternoon session is about how to train your trees into various espalier forms. Containers, soils, types and sizes of trees to plant, irrigation, fertilization, organic pest control and demonstrations of how to plant a new tree, how to repot an older tree and how to prune any tree to become an espalier will all be included. Apples, pears, figs, plums and other types of trees will be discussed. Presenter is Richard Hallman, UBCBG Pomologist in Residence.
Click here for registration

Fruit Tree Workshops and Presentations – Spring 2016

Introduction to Home Orchards in Vancouver

Saturday, April 2, 2-5:00 p.m. at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm

If you have a home orchard or dream of having one with one tree or more than a hundred, this workshop is for you. Using the orchard at the UBC Farm as an example of what is possible, in this workshop you will learn: how fruit trees grow, how to train them, how to increase fruit production and organic ways to manage the most troublesome pests and diseases. Instructor: Richard Hallman. Click here for registration

Growing Fruit Trees in Containers on Balconies and Rooftops

Saturday, April 9,  2 -3:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Public Library Main Branch

FREE Public Presentation – no registration

Growing fruit trees in containers on balconies is a fascinating hobby that can produces amazing crops of health organic fruit. Espalier tree training techniques maximize fruit production in these small areas while providing a stunning ornamental effect that will amaze your family and friends. In this presentation you will learn how to start, develop and maintain your own container gown espalier fruit trees. A Partnership event between the Vancouver Public Library, the UBC Botanical Garden and richardhallman.ca.

Growing Espalier Fruit Trees in Containers – An Onsite Workshop

Saturday, April 23, at the Roof Garden of the Athletes Village Coop in partnership with the UBC Botanical Garden

10 a.m. – 12:30   Growing Espalier Fruit Trees in Containers 

The Athletes Village Coop have 45 fruit trees growing in their rooftop garden, most of them in containers. This collection of container grown fruit trees is the setting for this workshop. The morning session is about how to successfully grow fruit trees in container for the long term and the afternoon session is about how to train your trees into various espalier forms. Containers, soils, types and sizes of trees to plant, irrigation, fertilization, organic pest control and demonstrations of how to plant a new tree, how to repot an older tree and how to prune any tree to become an espalier will all be included. Apples, pears, figs, plums and other types of trees will be discussed. Presenter is Richard Hallman, UBCBG Pomologist in Residence.
Click here for registration
 

Langley Environmental Partners Salmon Friendly Gardens Seminar

Sat, 12 March, 10:00am – 1:30pm

Location: Township of Langley City Hall, 20338 65 Ave, Langley, BC V2Y 3J1, Canada (map)

Simple choices can make a world of difference! Please join us for the annual Salmon Friendly Gardens Seminar, hosted by LEPS in conjunction with the Township of Langley Grow Healthy Grow Smart program.

Grow Healthy Grow Smart aims to reduce or eliminate the use of cosmetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, for the benefit of salmon habitat, wildlife, and pollinators in our community.

This years seminar has presentations provided by:

David Tracey (the Ecourbanist) – Edible Landscaping

Richard Hallman – Fruit Tree Pruning

Peter Isaacson – Natural Prevention of the European Chafer Beetle

Please reserve your seat today, by emailing outreach@leps.bc.ca or calling 604.546.0338

2016 Pruning Workshop – Vancouver Fruit Tree Project Society

Pruning Workshop – Learn How to Prune Your Fruit Trees!
(Focus on Apples & Pears + Information About Other Fruit Trees)

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Date: Sunday March 6, 2016
Time: 2:00-4:00pm

Led by seasoned arborist Richard Hallman, this workshop is the perfect opportunity to learn how to prune and care for your apple and pear trees. Richard is also happy to discuss pruning other fruit trees if you have specific questions. Held in the garden of one our very own tree owners (complete with apple, pear, plum and cherry trees!), you will learn:

– To read the condition of your trees
– To estimate the amount of fruit produced in past years and potential yield this year
– How apple and pear trees grow and how they react to pruning and training
– A step by step process that you can follow when pruning your own trees, a great way to overcome the fear of pruning.
– Techniques and tricks you can use to improve the amount and quality of the fruit they produce in years to come.

Instructor: Richard Hallman is a passionate horticulturist who has been teaching and advising gardeners and farmers across British Columbia for more than 35 years. He is a Horticultural Advisor to the Vancouver Tree Fruit Project, Historic Fort Langley, Historic Stewart Orchard and several other organizations in the Vancouver-Fraser Valley area. He is a Registered Professional Horticulturist, a Certified Arborist and a Master Gardener.

Price: $19.00 (plus eventbrite fee).
All proceeds from the workshop go to the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project’s fundraising efforts.

Location: Backyard address & entry instructions will be sent to all ticket buyers.

Important Info: Parking available on city streets. Please dress for the weather as the course takes place outside in the backyard of one of the VFTP’s Tree Owners.

WHEN
WHERE
Private Backyard – Larch & 12th Avenue, Kitsilano Vancouver, British Columbia CA – View Map

Or see the VFTP website

New Workshops for 2016 – VanDusen Botanical Garden

Tree Fruit Pest and Disease Solutions     

Sat. Mar 8, 6 – 8 pm – Vancouver

In this course you will learn about the pests and diseases that plague fruit trees in the Vancouver area, how to identify each and organic methods you can use to control them. Other topics that will be included are disease resistant varieties, types of tree fruits that rarely have any problems and cultural practices that reduce or prevent infestations. Pests and diseases of apples, pears, plums, cherries, peaches, apricots and figs will be addressed. The best pest and disease reference books and online sources will be discussed.

For more information and how to register click here: VanDusen Botanical Garden

New Workshops for 2016 – Fraser Valley Continuing Education

Espalier Training of Fruit Trees

Wednesday February 24 – 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Credo Christian High, LANGLEY

During this workshop, Tree Fruit Expert and Espalier Master, Richard Hallman, will teach you about espalier;  the ancient horticultural practice of controlling woody plant growth for the production of fruit for ornamental effect. Espalier is living art that developed long before the science of plant growth was understood. Dozens of espalier forms and how to create them will be discussed including the classic two dimensional forms and several three dimensional forms. You will learn how to start new espalier fruit trees, how to renew and maintain existing trees and what types of fruit trees are best for beginners and those that are more challenging. Rootstocks, training techniques, summer pruning and support systems will all be included. You can contact the instructor by e-mail at richard@richardhallman.ca

For more information and to register click here:FV Continuing Education

Dormant Organic Fruit Tree Insect & Disease Control

Wednesday March 9 – 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm        Credo Christian High, LANGLEY

During this workshop, Tree Fruit Expert Richard Hallman, will teach you about the insects and diseases that attack fruit trees in the Fraser Valley and organic ways to control them. You will learn how to identify and monitor for them, how to determine if they will cause significant damage to your fruit, their life cycles and the times during the spring and summer when they usually become a problem. How to tell the good insects (predators) from the bad guys and how to encourage the good guys will be included. Many organic methods of control that can be used during the spring and summer will be discussed. Many of the materials and tools that you can use to monitor for these insects and diseases and protect your trees and fruit will be displayed and demonstrated in the classroom.

For more information and to register click here:FV Continuing Education