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STFS 2014 Fall Fruit Show Poster

Announcing the Seattle Tree Fruit Society Fall Fruit Show
Saturday Oct 25, 10am-1pm
Cedar Valley Grange Hall
20526 52nd Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036


See a higher resolution version here:
2014 Fall Poster low-res


Planning for the 2014 STFS Fall Fruit Show is now in process. One of the interesting developments is there will be a Rubus single varietal tasting at the show.
If you are growing any variety of cane berries (black berries, raspberries, hybrid black/raspberries, native Rubus species etc), we will be presenting these for tasting at the Fall Fruit show this year. Any presentation is acceptable, as long as it is a single varietal (please label specifically, with no additional flavors added (sugar and pectin are okay). You could make preserves, sorbet, fruit leather, or just frozen berries. Please save fruit now while the berries are ripe !

Summer Pruning Fruit Trees and Espaliers Workshop – Aug 16

STFS “Summer Pruning Fruit Trees and Espaliers” workshop
Date: Aug 16th –Sat.
Time: 10:00 am – Noon
Location: Magnuson Park, P-Patch Orchard, next to “The Brig”. More info at :
Hands-on pruning and instruction in summer pruning of fruit trees; why & how to prune in summer. Free for STFS members.

Orchard Work Party, Potluck, Book Swap – Aug 2

Magnuson Orchard Work Party, Potluck and Book Swap.
Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
At the Magnuson P-Patch Orchard next to the Brig, at Magnuson Park. 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Work Party: 9:00am to Noon
Potluck and Book Swap: Noon to 1pm
Join STFS members at Magnuson P-Patch Orchard for a clean-up event, weeding, laying cardboard and putting down wood chips so that the mowers are able to maintain the grass strips between tree tows. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy potluck and STFS-contributed lunch, and swap garden & cookbooks. Bring your gloves and pruners, water bottles and good cheer.

Look for Yellow Spots on Kiwi

Our fruit growing friend kiwibob, renowned propagator of kiwi and fig, has recently become alarmed by a condition that has appeared in many of his Actinidia arguta (Hardy Kiwi) plants. He calls the condition AYLS-  Actinidia Yellow Leaf Spot.


Kiwibob asks that STFS Members to look close at their Hardy Kiwi (arguta) vines to see if you have any leaves with irregular bright yellow spots or blotches.  If any of you have this present in your hardy kiwi, could you please take a couple of low-resolution digital photos of the affected leaves, and e-mail them to kiwibob at with your physical address so he can pinpoint the loca-tion. The objective is to get a clear idea of the extent of AYLS distribution.

More details and pictures are found here: 
click on this link to display the article from our newsletter with color photos

Summer Pruning Class – June 14 – Seattle Tilth

Get hands-on experience pruning apple trees at a summer fruit tree pruning workshop! Work on dwarf, semi-dwarf and espalier apples trees.
When: Saturday, June 14 from 1 pm-3 pm
Location: Seattle Tilth Adult Community Learning Garden behind the Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle).
Sponsored by Seattle Tree Fruit Society. Suggested donation $5.00. To register, contact

Free Workshops at Bellevue Demonstration Garden

***  2014 Free Workshops  ***
Bellevue Demonstration Garden
15500 SE 16th Street
Ranger Station Next to the Garden

All workshops 10:30 a.m. – noon * No registration required

June 7

Bountiful Berries

Presented by Larry Davis and Christina Cyr


The Northwest is the perfect place to grow berries.  Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries all thrive here.  If you’ve ever tried to clear a wild lot you know blackberries are right at home here also.  There are many cultivars of this fruit we love and hate, some even grow large fruit without thorns.  All of these berries with the exception of raspberries are very easy to grow.  Raspberries take more care especially in selecting a planting site.  This workshop will give you all the information you need to grow great berries.



June 14  Alternatives to Pesticides

Presented by Pat Roome 


Most people want to use fewer pesticides in their yard or better still never touch them.  Pat will discuss methods you can use to keep the critters in check and have a bountiful garden.


June 21


Making Friends With Worms/ Vermicomposting

Presented by Linda Rasp



Worms are the gardener’s best friend.  You can put them to work by making a compost bin.  All you have to do is give them organic material and they will get busy breaking it down and turning it into beautiful rich soil, black gold.

June 28

Ferns Unfurling

Presented by Judith Jones

Ferns can play an important role in your garden.  If you have shade, you have a perfect setting for ferns, although you may have to bring in some soil to cover tree roots.  Our native sword fern can be a workhorse in the garden.  It will do well in sun or shade.  Beyond the sword fern there are many other ferns to choose from.  Judith Jones from Fancy Fronds will share her vast knowledge on the topic.  Learn all about ferns  in this interesting talk and stop by to see the fern garden in the demonstration garden.  

Volunteer in the Orchard – June 5

There will be a STFS work crew in the Orchard at Magnuson Park Thursday, June 5 starting at 10:00am. Join in the fun! Volunteer hours logged in the orchard help provide a meeting space in the Brig thanks to an agreement with the Parks Dept.


Members of STFS will be applying maggot barriers to the trees at Magnuson Park, managed by Jerry Packard. Saturday morning, May 24, 2014. Maggot Barriers also will be available for purchase.

Hildegard Fruit Tree Dedication – June 8

Hildegard Hendrickson’s friends will want to know that there will be a dedication of a fruit tree in her honor (she was a member of the Seattle Tree Fruit Society) planted on the Seattle University Campus (she was a retired Professor of Finance from Seattle University) on Sunday JUNE 8th. There will be a beautiful plaque inscribed with her name. The ceremony is at Union Green on the Seattle University campus at 1 p.m. on Sunday June 8th.  It will be one year since her disappearance during a solo mushrooming trip that very weekend. She is still very much on our mind and in our hearts.