Author Archives: goodie

3/10/18 – STFS Member Meeting & Spring Grafting Workshop

Come join Seattle Tree Fruit Society at this fun and educational grafting event & learn how to graft your own fruit tree.
– We will have sion wood (over 100 varieties)
– Rootstock & plants available for you for sale
– Custom Grafting available
– Lectures & Demonstrations offered (grafting, propagation by cuttings, etc)
– Tool Sharpening offered
– FREE & open to the public
– Donations requested for tool sharpening & custom grafting
– Yummy Potluck

Here is a message from the President:
I’m looking forward to the club’s Grafting Event that will be held on March 10th. Our members have been busy collecting scion wood, and there will be over 100 varieties available. There will also be a fair selection of rootstocks. Several grafters have volunteered do perform custom grafting, We will also have tool sharpening services available. Thanks to all who have volunteered to help out, including those not mentioned here.
As part of this event, we are offering the chance for members to bring their extra plants and horticultural equipment, including books. We will again have several kiwi and fig plants to sell (at a very reasonable cost; donated by Kiwibob Glanzman. There will be several young fruit trees that were donated by Raintree Nursery last year, and nurtured though the year by a couple of members. And, there will be something unusual that you can’t help but try.
We will begin the day, as we do with all our meetings, with a meet and greet (while snacking on the delicious potluck items this club is known for), followed by a brief business meeting. By 11:00, the grafting activities will commence, as will our presentations.

Lecture Schedule:
11:00 – 12:15 – Current Projects in My Edible Landscape (Mark Lee)
Mark Lee grows over 300 kinds of edible plants in his suburban garden in Edmonds. This talk will cover projects he is dabbling in.
– Brief introduction to my garden
– Growing apples without irrigation using non-dwarf rootstock.
– Interesting seedlings I have created.
– Plant breeding experiments.
– Strawberries from seed – why bother.
– Making jam without added pectin.
– Drinking the harvest – cider, wine, and beer from my garden
Questions are welcome. There will probably be edible things to sample.

12:30 – 1:30 –Kiwi and Fig Propagation Techniques (Kiwibob Glazman)
Kiwibob will give a hands-on demonstration of propagating techniques for Kiwi and Figs. Kiwibob is the recognized local authority on these fruit crops. He grows several varieties of figs, and several species of kiwi, including Actinidia deliciosa, Actinidia arguta, Actinidia kolomikta, Actinidia melanandra, Actinidia tetramera, Actinidia purpurea, Actinidia polygama, and others.

1:30 – 2:30 – Grafting Vegetable Crops (Pinki Devi and Abigail Attavar)
Grafting is a horticultural technique that joins two plants through the connection of their stem vascular tissues, to take advantage of their combined characteristics. The earliest record of vegetable grafting is from 500 AD in China (Lee and Oda, 2003), commercial grafting started in Japan in the 1920s to overcome soil borne diseases in watermelon. Vegetable grafting was introduced to Europe in the 1960s and was brought to North America in the 1990s. The commonly used grafting methods are splice grafting, one-cotyledon grafting, and hole insertion grafting. Vegetable grafting is now gaining popularity because of the phase-out of methyl bromide as a soil fumigant for conventional agriculture, and it is an effective biological disease management tool for organic agriculture. Grafting has the potential to increase commercial cucurbit and solanaceous crop production in the U.S. by overcoming soil-borne pathogen barriers by providing a more vigorous root system, and by increasing fruit quality and improving water and nutrient uptake efficiency. Our current research studies are investigating how to optimize vegetable grafting methods and crop productivity and improve resistance of grafted vegetables to Verticillium wilt.

See you all on Saturday 3/10/2018. If you can’t make the grafting event, come join our monthly meetings on the second Saturday. We meet almost every month at The Brig building, which is located in Magnusson Park in Seattle. See calendar for dates.

Join us on 3/18 for our Spring 2017 Grafting Show

More details:  Saturday’s lectures will include:  

Fruit Tree Pruning (10:00 – Room A); Ecological Soil Management (10:30 – Room B); Pollination (11:00 – Room A); Selecting and Growing Berries (11:45 – Room B); Orchard Pests (12:15 – Room A); Edible Landscaping (1:00 – Room B); Creating a Food Forest (2:00 – Room A).

Come and join us!


Seattle Tree Fruit Society’s 12th Annual Spring 2017  Grafting Show at Highline College in Burien, Building 8   

Over 100 varieties of scion wood and compatible rootstock will be available. Our Grafting Show is part of a 2 day event:

Join us for the 1st Annual South King County Urban Ag Food Summit

March 17 (Friday) 2-5pm Demonstration of creating Hugelkultur and Fruit Tree Guilds.

March 18 (Saturday) 10-3pm Grafting Show in combination with Urban Ag displays, vendors and lectures.

Permaculture/Sustainability techniques, soil science, keeping bees, edible landscaping, urban goat keeping, children’s activities and so much more!

Directions:  (Highline College, 2400 S 240th St, Des Moines, WA 98198, USA (map)


Join us for our Fall Fruit Show this Saturday 10/08/2016

We, the Seattle Tree Fruit Society, are hosting a Fruit Variety Tasting as part of our monthly meeting on Saturday, October 8th, from 10:00 to 12:30.  The event will be held at the View Ridge Room of the Brig Building (#406) at Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115.  The event is open to the public.  There will be over 100 varieties of Apples, Pears, Asian pears, Kiwis, Figs, Grapes, and other fruit, for review and sampling. 

In addition, Michelle Moyer, a WSU extension grape specialist, will be giving a presentation of grape culture in maritime climates.  There will also be an apple identification table at this event.  If you have an apple tree, but don’t know what variety it is, please bring four or five samples of the fruit from different parts of the tree, along with a few leaves and wood.  An Apple Identification expert will use a series of scientific keys to determine what variety it is.  The event is free.  All are welcome.

Member Meeting on November 12. 2016

Speaker from the Washington State Department of Agriculture

Come to learn the definition of organic growing in Washington, how and why the definition changes and what are best practices for fruit growers, both on public and private lands.

Join us for the 2016 Spring Grafting Show this weekend

Hi friends,

Here is a quick update and more details on our 2016 Spring Grafting Show happening this weekend:

Friday, 3.18.2016 Noon – 4pm & Saturday, 3.19.2016 10am – 3pm

Highline College, 2400 S 240th St, Des Moines, WA 98198

Demonstrations and Presentations on Friday. Hands-On Grafting workshops, Root Stock and Scion Wood sales, Lectures, Tool Sharpening  and Community Out-Reach Booths on Saturday.

Free Admission, Open to the Public, no preregistration required. Parking, map and directions at:

Sponsored by Highline’s Urban Agriculture program and Permaculture club.

Seminar Agenda:

Friday (March 18):

Building 14 (Room 104)

12:15-1:00  –     Introduction to Growing Fruit

1:00-1:45   –     Soil 101 – The Basics

1:45-2:30    –     Orchard Mason Bees


2:30- 4:00    –    Fruit Tree Grafting

Saturday (March 19):

(All Saturday lectures will last from 45 minutes to 75 minutes, depending on the number of audience questions)

Building 3 (Classroom 102)    

10:45 – Beyond Jam

12:00 – Raising Kiwis in the Pacific Northwest

1:15 – Growing Figs

Building 14 (Classroom 105)

10:30 – Three Bees

12:00 – Making Perry Modern

1:30 – Creating a Food Forest


Non-profit organization outreach booths, vendor tables, informational displays on Sat (3/19) from 10 AM to 3 PM only in Building 2 Room 101


Rootstock & scionwood: Sales and grafting services on Sat (3/19) 10 AM to 3 PM: Rootstocks and scionwood will be sold at nominal prices posted at the show.  Assistance with grafting will be offered free of charge.  Grafting services will be available for a fee.  Please find below the initial list of varieties for the upcoming show:


Early Wynoochee

Karmijn de Sonnaville

Rhode Island Greening

Northern Spy


Esopus Spitzenburg


Queen Cox

Kingston Black

Bulmer’s Norman




Darcy Spice

Yellow Transparent


Buckley Giant



Red McIntosh


Paradisaica Atro Sanguina


Gravenstein, Yellow with strip

Gravenstein, Bloodred

Gravenstein, Black

Gravenstein, Rosebrook

Gravenstein, Chetwood

Gravenstein, Green

Gravenstein, Common

Gravenstein, Starr

(and a few other gravensteins of specific name)

Red Astrachan

Pink Pearl



Ross NonPareil

Bill’s Redflesh

Gold Rush

Blushing Golden

Egremont Russet

Erwin Baur



Early Fuji

Golden Nugget

Kidd’s Orange Red


Pink Sparkle

American Golden Russet

Pink Princess Jansen

Tydeman’s Late Orange

Pink Sugar

Muscat de Bernay

Russet King



Brown’s Apple

Breakwell Seedling

Cap of Liberty



Ananas Reinette





Roxbury Russet


Tompkin’s King


Tsugaru Homei

Twenty Ounce

White Winter Pearmain



Arkansas Black


Ashmead’s Kernel

Blue Pearmain

Bramley’s Seedling

Beni Shogun

Ben Davis

Belle de Boskoop

Brown Russet

Braeburn, Hillwell



Fall Pippin

Wolf River

Grand Alexander






Newtown Pippin

Northern Spy


Ellison’s Orange

Reinette Clochard

Rosemary Russet

Etter’s Gold

Lord Hindlip

Nutmeg Pippin


Sweet 16





Lubsk Queen


Winter Banana

Yellow Belleflower






Ichiban Nashi












Clapp’s Favorite


Harrow Delight

Atlantic Queen



Italian Prune

Mirabelle de Metz

Reine de Mirabelle


Coe’s Golden Drop


Early Laxton


Imperial Epineuse


Cambridge Gage


Early Golden

Kuban Comet





Early Burlat

(about 12 more, names not available right now)




at least five varieties


So far no one has donated fig cuttings.

I might able to come up with some “Desert King”.

STSF members are looking forward to seeing you at the event.


11th Annual Spring Grafting Show 2016

Presented by Seattle Tree Fruit Society

Friday, 3.18.2016 Noon – 4pm & Saturday, 3.19.2016 10am – 3pm

Highline College, 2400 S 240th St, Des Moines, WA 98198

Demonstrations and Presentations on Friday. Hands-On Grafting workshops, Root Stock and Scion Wood sales, Lectures, Tool Sharpening  and Community Out-Reach Booths on Saturday.

Free Admission, Open to the Public, no preregistration required. Parking, map and directions at:

Sponsored by Highline’s Urban Agriculture program and Permaculture club.

In partnership with King Conservation District, City Fruit, Sonju Orchard and Gardens, Furney’s Nursery and Lowe’s Garden Department.