May 14th,10-3, Lecture Event at Magnusson Park in ‘The Brig’

Seattle Tree Fruit Society

Spring Lecture Day

May 14, 2011 – Magnuson Park

Lecture Schedule & Descriptions

All lectures will be held in Building #406 (“The Brig”) 



10:00 – 11:00                 ‘The Newest Buzz About Mason Bees’   (Missy Anderson)


                             Missy is a Master Gardener, and has been a bee farmer for many years.  She has given numerous lectures about the marvelous pollinator that is the Mason Bee.  She has spoken at nurseries, garden clubs, schools, scout troop meetings, and private home gatherings.  She will teach you about caring for Mason Bees, keeping your hives healthy, and maximizing the pollination benefits of these creatures.

 10:00 – 11:10                 ‘Producing Apples Organically’   (Harry Burton)


                             Harry Burton retired at age 50, then devoted all his time to running Apple Luscious Organic Orchard on Salt Spring Island.  He grows over 200 varieties of the best tasting, rare, heritage and unique connoisseur apple varieties, and does so organically.  His orchard produces over 8,000 Lbs. annually.

11:10 – 12:15          ‘Growing Kiwis in the Pacific Northwest’   (Hildegaard Hendrickson)


                        Hildegaard is a retired educator.  She manages her “edible backyard” on a city lot.  She has grown kiwis for 25 years, as well as figs, apples, pears, plums, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries.  She is the past Treasurer of the Western Washington Fruit Society.  Her other passion is hunting wild mushrooms.  She coordinates the identification of wild mushrooms for eth Puget Sound Mycological Society, and teaches wild mushroom identification classes.

11:20 – 12:30                   ‘Permaculture in the Orchard’   (Kristan Johnson)

                             Kristan is the President of the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation, and is a founding member of the Permaculture Institute of North America Board.  He has practiced permaculture for over 30 years, and ha taught numerous classes.


12:30 – 1:30           ‘Summer Pruning’   (Larry Davis)


                             Larry is a Master Gardener and a 20 year member of the Seattle Tree Fruit Society.  He lives on a quarter acre city lot with a great diverse mix of fruits.  His lifetime of gardening has included several years as a volunteer at the Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden in Bellevue.  He will explain the benefits of summer pruning, when it is appropriate, and how it should be done.


12:40 – 1:45          ‘Red-Fleshed Apples’   (Harry Burton)


                             Harry will discuss the history of red-fleshed apples, as well as other historic varieties.  He will explain why he finds such delight in these varieties.  He grows over 20 varieties of red-fleshed apples.


1:45 – 3:00            ‘Fruit Production in Limited Spaces’   (Ingela Wanerstrand)


                             Ingela is a professional gardener who has been involved in fruit husbandry for many years.  She is active in the Seattle Tree Fruit Society, City Fruit, Friends of Piper Orchard, and Plant Amnesty, and is frequently in demand to teach pruning topics.  She will discuss strategies and methods of producing fruit in containers, as well as espalier techniques for fruiting plants.


1:55 – 3:00            ‘Common Diseases and Insect Pests of Berries’   (Elizabeth Vogt)


                             Elizabeth is an entomologist and beekeeper and organizes pest management panels for the Vashon Island Fruit Club each year.  She will discuss all the common pests of berries, including the Spotted Wing Drosophila, Botrytis, Powdery Mildew, Verticilium Wilt, Leaf Spot, etc.  You will learn aobut the best control methods of these pests.

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