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