Lee Valley Tools Workshops/Seminars

I will be instructing the following workshops at the Coquitlam Lee Valley Tools in 2014. Please check their online course listings and registration mid November.

  • Pruning and Training Fruit Trees, Nuts and Berries
  • Espalier Training of Trees and Shrubs
  • Tree and Shrub Shaping
  • Grafting and Air layering Trees
  • Tapping West Coast Maple and Birch Trees for Syrup
  • Vegetable Grafting

Your suggestions of other courses you would like to take are very welcome.

City Farm Fest at Science World Oct. 27th

The City Farm Fest is part of the Explore Sustainability Weekend at Science World. The Vancouver Fruit Tree Project Society will have a table at this event. I will be giving two grafting demonstrations and two apple pruning talks On October 27th at their table starting at 11:30 am. Drop by the table to verify the times. I hope to see you there.

The general information about the Sustainability Weekend is as follows:

Location: Science World British Columbia
Date: October 26 and 27, 10am – 6 pm
Description: Explore the many ways that we can get involved in being caretakers for our planet and join us on Sunday for the opening of the TD Environmental Trail and a special City Farm Fest!

UBC Apple Festival October 19th and 20th

This is easily the largest Apple Festival in British Columbia, it is a must attend event for anyone in the area interested in tree fruits. For lots of information on this event click here. I will be at this event as a volunteer representing the Master Gardeners Association of BC – Vancouver Chapter and the BC Fruit Testers Association (bcfta.ca). There will be lots of apple varieties for tasting, fruit trees for sale and lots more. On each day there will two grafting demonstrations by members of the BCFTA and on each day I will be doing a short talk about pruning and training apple trees. I hope to see you there.

Click here to see a video about the festival.

Workshops and Courses

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Over the next few months I will be instructing a few workshops and courses in the Vancouver BC area. The topics and contact information to register are below. I am always looking for more opportunities to teach about tree training, pruning and grafting, so if you know of such an opportunity, please contact me.

November 16, 2013.

Hands on Apple and Pear Pruning Workshop: 10:00 am – 12 noon. This is a fundraiser for the Vancouver Tree Fruit Project Society. This workshop will take place in the backyard of one of of the tree owners volunteers who allow this project to harvest their fruit for donation to various community groups in Vancouver. During the workshop two mature trees, a pear and an apple will be completely pruned. Participants will learn the critical information they need to know to prune and manage their trees, how to approach pruning large trees and they will also get hands on pruning experience. Click here to register.

November 23, 2013

Put More Fruit on Your Trees: 1:30 – 4:00 pm. A VanDusen Botanical Garden (vandusengarden.org) education course. Learn techniques to get the most from your apples, pears, plums, apricots and peaches. The topics will include: pruning and training for optimal fruit production, soil, watering and tree nutrition, improving blooms and pollination and caring for your growing fruit till harvest. Click here to register.

November 23, 2013

Prune to Improve Conifers: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm. Learn how to prune and direct the growth of your conifers to improve their look and function.  Understand how the plants naturally grow in order to prune for their long term health. It will include how to fix hedges with holes, repair bad pruning jobs, and how to correct specimen trees with unsightly gaps. If you have a problem plant, bring a picture of it for discussion.

January 25, 2014

Tree Grafting Fun: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.  A VanDusen Botanical Garden (vandusengarden.org) education course. Learn how to add a new variety onto a tree in your yard, repair damage to tree trunks, or graft a pollinizer branch on a non-performing tree. Get hands-on practice of safe grafting techniques including chip, whip-and tongue, bridge, tread and bark grafting. This course will also explain the basic botany behind grafting, and will demo tools and machines used by the pros. Bring a sharp, thin bladed knife (a grafting knife if you have one). Click here to register.

February 8, 2014

Grow Tree Fruits in Containers: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.  A VanDusen Botanical Garden (vandusengarden.org) education course. Learn how to grow apples, pears, plums, apricots, peaches, figs and other tree fruit in containers on your balcony of patio. Topics will include selecting trees (including rootstocks, varieties and size of tree), containers, soils, pruning and training including espalier training, trees with multiple fruit, and winter protection of your trees. Click here to register.

February 25, 2014

Tree Trickery: Train your trees by directing their growth and forcing them to grow in specific ways. Manipulating tree growth can be cone to create serpent, weeping or twisting ornamental trees, or to espalier fruit trees and more. Learn the techniques of tree training, and where to see interesting examples in Vancouver. Learn how to espalier a woody plant, forming it into a vertical trunk with horizontal branches in a single plane, creating attractive and productive fruit trees for small spaces.

March 22, 2014

Success with Fruit Trees: Grow delicious juicy fruit on your trees in your home garden. Richard will guide you through all aspects of fruit growing including site preparation, general maintenance, pollination and fruit set, pruning, and training. He will also cover how to renew and refresh older trees, and control of common pests and diseases.

Please note. Handouts and other information connected to all of these courses and workshops will be posted on this site. If you wish private one-on-one instruction in person or remotely over the internet, or want to organize a small group workshop using your trees (your trees will get pruned in the process) please contact me.