– May your search be fruitful.

Garden Pests and Spotted Wing Drosophila Information

At our last meeting, April 24th, we had a flier created by Sharon Collman of WSU.It was full of garden resources and things to look for in our gardens this

A very educational 6 page article written by Joyce Harms, Master Gardener is on this link.


An amusing and informative video is on this link

ARTICLES by members

gregs-scionwood-storage Greg Giuliani has written an article about taking your own Scion Wood Cuttings for spring grafting. These cuttings from your fruit trees are important to bring to the Spring Fruit & Grafting Shows for others to be able to graft varieties of fruit that you have access to.

If you have QUESTIONS

  • Master Gardeners answer the phones with the Washington State University (WSU) Extension service. Professional extension agents are also available.
    King County 10 to 4 pm M -F 206-543-0943
    Snohomish Co 9 to 4 pm M – F 425-338-2400
    Pierce County 9 to 3 pm M – F 253-798-7170
    Skagit Valley Mt Vernon Research Unit 253-445-4500

    WSU Extension Service has a 24 hour taped message on a variety of fruit subjects. (206)296-3425, (206)205-3100 Also, WSU has extensive literature for gardeners. 1-800-723-1763 Ask to be placed on the email list for Bellevue’s Master Gardener Demo facility lectures.

  • Farmer’s markets often have Master Gardeners or others who can answer questions on an amateur level. Local nurseries often provide expert advice if you bring them a plant sample or have a gardening question.
  • Seattle Tilth’s Gardening Hotline 206-633-0224 or email
  • The “Plant Answer Line” with the Center for Urban Horticulture. 206-897-5268
  • OSU’s Extension Service offers literature.
  • How to care for your new grafted apple tree

ORGANIZATIONS that offer assistance –

  • Western Cascade Fruit Society, WCFS, is an umbrella organization for local Vashon Island, Olympic Peninsula, Seattle, and Tacoma chapters (and others.) An online discussion of Fruit Tree culture is available.
  • Seattle Tree Fruit Society meetings are open to everyone. Membership ($30)
  • The Friends of Piper Orchard,, maintain antique apple and pear varieties in Carkeek Park. Many resources are found on their website, such as upcoming permaculture lectures, info on orchard work parties, and other fruit events.
  • Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation, WWFRF,, has a demonstration public fruit orchard in Mt. Vernon, at the WSU, Mount Vernon Research & Extension Unit.
  • City Fruit harvests unused backyard fruit in Ballard, Wallingford, Phinney-Greenwood, South Seattle/Beacon Hill, and West Seattle and donates it to food banks, shelters, and feeding programs. For more information go to City Fruit’s web site: or
  • Portland’s Home Orchard Society, HOS, has many knowledgeable fruit enthusiasts.
  • Google your topic – Seattle has organizations on Bats, Mason Bees, Scarabs, or even an “eat-a-bug” cooking.