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.
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