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STFS zoom-only meeting Saturday May 15th 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM featuring author Ann Ralph talks about Grow a Little Fruit Tree: Simple Pruning Techniques for Small-Space, Easy-Harvest Fruit Trees

To lessen COVID-19 spread, the Seattle Tree Fruit Society meeting Saturday May 15th 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM is only online.The meeting will begin with a brief business meeting, followed by a presentation by author Ann Ralph.

Why Little? Grow A Little Fruit Tree offers a revolutionary vision for backyard fruit trees: a simple and ingenious technique that uses timed pruning to keep fruit trees as short as six feet tall… …they are easy to care for and produce fruit in quantities we’re likely to be able to use. Small trees create the opportunity to have more trees in the backyard and to plant different varieties of fruit to ripen all summer, through fall, and even into winter.

Timed pruning offers a revolutionary approach to fruit tree care, winter prune for shape and summer prune to keep trees small and easy. This presentation covers fruit tree basics: the simple logic of pruning, how to prune for short stature and easy harvest, early training, seasonal routines, and pest and disease control. You’ll learn about the benefits of small trees, getting started, pruning for aesthetics, and how to engage in the pleasures of the pruning conversation.

Ann Ralph is the author of Grow a Little Fruit Tree: Simple Pruning Techniques for Small-Space, Easy-Harvest Fruit Trees. Publishers Weekly called it “a thrilling read for the backyard farmer.” She was the fruit tree specialist at Berkeley Horticultural Nursery and has 20 years of retail nursery experience. She promotes practical, artful, and commonsense methods for the garden generally and fruit trees in particular.

Goodie U, STFS Board Member, reminds everyone that the Ann Ralph zoom meeting will be recorded so attendees not wanting to be recorded should mute microphone and turn off their video. Goodie U made the upcoming Ann Ralph presentation happen. Thanks, Goodie.If you know any non-STFS individual interested in attending this zoom meeting, please forward this zoom invite so more can benefit from Ann’s presentation.

Zoom invite info

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Mike Ewanciw is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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STFS zoom-only meeting this Saturday (Mar 20th) 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM featuring Greg Giuliani’s Grafting Demonstration

To lessen COVID-19 spread, STFS member meeting Saturday Mar 20th 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM is only online.

Mike Ewanciw (email will lead meeting beginning with short business meeting followed by longtime STFS member and grafter Greg Giuliani’s demonstration of whip & tongue (including splice) and omega tool (saddle-like) grafts. Zoom attendees may want to perform grafting during meeting and get advice from Greg and other participants on grafting steps.

STFS members were emailed zoom invite info from STFS sent 3/16/21.

Extreme Maggot Barriers Now Available to Order

See STFS Extreme Maggot Barriers website tab or click on STFS Extreme Maggot Barrier order form.

STFS 2021 Spring Grafting Event Ordering Instructions

Continuing COVID-19 spread precautions, STFS 2021 spring grafting event is virtual. See STFS 2021 Grafting Event Ordering Instructions for available scion wood and rootstock as well as ordering and delivery logistics. First deadline for ordering is March 6, 2021. Act soon; supplies limited.

STFS zoom-only meeting this Saturday (Feb 20th) 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM featuring Paul Mallary’s paw paw presentation

To lessen COVID-19 spread, STFS member meeting Saturday Feb 20th 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM is only online.

Mike Ewanciw (email will lead meeting beginning with short business meeting followed by Paul Mallary’s paw paw presentation:

Paw Paws

“The largest native fruit in North America!”

“Floral aroma with consistency like custard”

“A local fruit with a tropical taste”

These sound like pop-up ads for some exotic plant, available for a “limited time only” on the internet. In reality, they describe a mid-western backyard, fence row tree, asimina triloba, that many have heard of but have never seen or grown. For the home orchardist willing to take on the unique challenges of the pawpaw, this tree can fulfill the craving for some exotic eating.

Paul Mallary, long time Western Cascade Fruit Society member, grew up in rural northern Iowa and Illinois on small farms with fruit trees and berries. After serving 4 years in the navy, he obtained a BA in Geography with additional study in Soil Science at the University of Maryland in 1967. Since then, every house he has owned has had fruit trees. While in south King County he inundated his ¼-acre home with over 50 small fruit trees and berries. He recently retired and purchased a home near the Pacific Ocean that will have a new pawpaw patch in addition to 40+-year-old apple and plum trees. Paul is currently the president of the WCFS’s Tahoma chapter.

STFS members were emailed zoom invite info from STFS sent 2/17/21.

Updated Membership Form

06.03.2020: Address on membership form changed. Click HERE for the updated membership form.


Come join us (Seattle Tree Fruit Society) for our annual Fruit Sampling, Potluck and October Meeting. There will be over 100 varieties of fruit to sample – Apples, Pears, Asian Pears, Kiwi, Grapes, etc..

October 12th, 10:00 to 2:00 – at the Brig Building in Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. 

We are excited to have Chris Homanics as our speaker again. He will give a presentation at this event.  Chris, is a plant preservationist, a breeder, and a farmer in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  He is one of the main drivers of the “Agrarian Sharing Network,” an organization that facilitates traveling exchanges of plant materials. Chris will give a talk on the ins and outs of that wonderful fruit tree – the Pawpaw.  
The event is free and open to the public.

Spring Propagation Fair March 9th, 2019

Come join us for a day of fun, informative and hands-on experience around all things fruit.
Location: The Brig in Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle.
Time: From 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Cost: Free Admission. 

You can learn to graft, practice grafting, talk about growing fruit, buy fruit plants, and join our group of enthusiastic fruit growers. Bring your scionwood and cuttings. Volunteer, learn and have fun!

You can buy custom-grafted fruit trees. Scion wood: apple, pear, plum, cherry, fig, grape. Rootstock: prunus, malus, pyrus Plants: strawberries, caneberries, trees and more!

Lectures and Classes:

10:30: Improving Pollination in Blueberries – Weixen Gen; 11:30:Fungi and Fruit; 12:45: Best Pollinators for Each Type of Fruit Tree in our area  – Dave Pehling; Basic dormant grafting – Greg Giuliani; 2:00:The Future of Hardy kiwis – kiwibob Glanzman

Kids activities available.

Member Meeting and Fruit Tasting 10/13/18

Come join us for our Seattle Tree Fruit Society October Member Meeting. We will talk about and taste loads of common, uncommon and interesting fruits from this year’s harvest around the Northwest. We will have

  • Information and handouts about fruit growing and diseases
  • Apple Identification: Bring samples of fruit, leaves, twigs, photos.
  • Our guest speaker is Chris Homanics of Oregon. Topic: Explorations of Fruits and Nuts in the Pacific Northwest
  • Potluck. 
  • Plant swap.
  • Non members are always welcome. 

Saturday 10/13.      10am – 1pm.     The Brig, Magnusson Park, Seattle.  








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.