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

Fall Workshops

Fruit tree workshops that I will be instructing this fall are:

City of Richmond Environmental Sustainability Workshops

Dormant Season Tree Fruit Pruning - October 24th, 2015 – 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Learn successful techniques to prune and train your fruit trees during the dormant season. How to start young trees, maintain mature trees and renew old and overgrown trees will be included. Apples, pears, cherries, plums, figs, blueberries, kiwi fruit and grapes will be discussed.

How to Put more Fruit on Your Trees - October 24th, 2015 – 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn the causes of poor fruit yields and how proper pruning and improved tree nutrition can maximize bloom and fruit set to grow to more quality fruit on your trees. Apples, pears, cherries, plums and peaches will be discussed.

Click here or more information and how to register: City of Richmond Environmental Sustainability Workshops

Vandusen Botanical Garden Workshop 

Fruit Tree Pruning - Sat. Nov 7, 10 am – 12:30 pm (Offsite)

Learn the basics of proper pruning and training of fruit trees, allowing them to develop a strong framework to support fruit production, open up the tree canopy to maximize light penetration and reduce the potential for disease. This course will cover the why, how and when to prune and train fruit trees to grow the healthiest trees with high production of fruit buds. The course will combine lecture with pruning demonstrations on a variety of different trees including apples, cherries, figs, pears and plums. Course takes place at the rooftop orchard of the Athlete’s Village Co-op.

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

Fraser Valley Continuing Education Course

Winter Tree Fruit Pruning and Training – November 14, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

During this workshop fruit tree expert, Richard Hallman, will teach you how apple, pear, plum and other fruit trees grow and produce fruit. Then he will teach and show you how to prune, train and shape them during the winter dormant season for maximum fruit production. Pruning of new trees and training them to various shapes and forms such as espalier will be included.  Maintenance pruning of mature trees renovation of overgrown trees will also be discussed. An important part of this workshop is learning to identify and remove diseased branches to improve the health of your trees.

This is a two part workshop, the morning session will be in a classroom followed by an outdoor pruning demonstration in the afternoon. The outdoor portion will focus on renovation and maintenance pruning of apples, Asian pears and plums. The outdoor portion of this workshop will be at the Maples Discovery Gardens Coop (7743 – 200 Street, Langley). The location is across from the Langley Events Centre on the west side of 200th. Please approach the turn off from the north, the entrance is marked by two orange triangles. You can contact the instructor by e-mail at richard@richardhallman.ca

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

Lee Valley Tools Seminar (Coquitlam Store)

Prune Your Trees and Fruit Trees, Bushes and Vines Like a Pro – Wednesday November 18, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

With Richard Hallman, you will learn everything you need to know about the pruning and training of fruit trees, bushes and vines. Richard will start with teaching you how these plants grow and fruit and how to increase the amount and quality of the fruit they produce. He will then teach you how to prune and train new plants, maintenance pruning of mature plants and how to renovate them if they become overgrown. The training and maintenance of espalier and other restricted trained tree forms and trellising methods for vines will be included. He will also cover how to identify and prune out disease cankers to improve plant health.  He will go over the uses, care and sharpening of a wide range of pruning tools. Apples, pears, cherries, plums, figs, grapes, Kiwi fruit, blueberries, currants and brambles will be included. Bring your questions and pictures of any particular pruning problems you are experiencing for discussion during the seminar.

For more information and how to register click here: Lee Valley Tools Coquitlam

UBC Apple Festival

The UBC Apple Festival is this weekend, October 17 and 17, 2015. This is a great event for the entire family. Come and visit with me at my Fruit Tree Pruning/Espalier Booth. I will be giving short talks every half hour on both days on one of these topics:

  • Apple Tree Pruning
  • Espalier Tree Training
  • Pruning New Apple Tree
My Pruning Booth at the 2014 Apple Festival

My Pruning Booth at the 2014 Apple Festival

Click here for more information about the UBC Apple Festival