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Hartman’s Nursery Info finds new home on WCFS Resources Page

After Bob Hartman’s recent passing this fall, there was concern that much of the information he had collected on his website would be lost. With the permission of his family, we have included useful information formerly found on the Hartman Nursery website in the Resources Page of the WCFS site. We hope that Bob’s love for teaching others can continue on through these pages.


Seattle Times arictle on Hildegaard Hendrickson

Hildegard Hendrickson, a beloved member of the Western Cascade Fruit Society, disappeared a year ago while hunting for mushrooms in the Cascade. Seattle Weekly ran a story reviewing this her disappearance and the current status of the search.

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WCFS Member Mtg – April 5th

In addition to the WCFS Spring Quarterly meeting this year, WCFS will hold an educational seminar and workshop series on Saturday, April 5th at the Cedar Valley Grange in Lynnwood. All WCFS members are welcome and encouraged to attend. The program will feature Dr. Bob Norton presenting “Growing Cherries in Western Washington” and Dick and Marilyn Tilbury sharing their research on SWD, the spotted wing drosophila, a small but formidable adversary. Bekie Jackson and the SCFS research team will present the results of their SWD trial conducted last summer, and members will have the opportunity to construct SWD traps, in an ongoing workshop. Toward that end, please start saving your 12-23ounce plastic, screw-top water and soda bottles and lids, and bring them with you. Please bring a sack lunch. Refrigeration and a microwave will be made available. Coffee and tea will be served, but please note: No LIQUIDS whatsoever are allowed in the upstairs lecture hall
of the Grange. Downstairs you will be able to be social, eat, drink, peruse displays and make SWD traps.
The display area will feature information on WCFS research projects and individual chapter activities. Chapters are encouraged to have a table/booth with information
about their chapter events over the past several years as a way to share ideas among chapters. If you are interested in having a Table/Booth for your Chapter, or helping out
with set up, clean up or anything in between, please contact Emily MacRae:
The Schedule for Saturday April 5th is as follows:
10:00-12:00 WCFS Board Meeting
12:00-12:30 Lunch (Bring your own sack lunch for Board Members and Volunteers)
12:30 Displays open, SWD Trap making workshop
1:00-1:45 Dr. Bob Norton: “Growing Cherries in Western WA”
1:45-2:00 WCFS Membership meeting
2:00-3:00 Dick & Marilyn Tilbury, Bekie Jackson (SCFS Research Team):
“SWD: History, Overview and Trial Results”
3:00-4:00 WordPress and Gmail Intro Workshop (OPTIONAL
The Cedar Valley Grange is located at 20526 52nd Ave. W, Lynnwood, WA, 98036, 2 blocks south of Wight’s Nursery.

SCFS Mtg, “Fruit Trees: The First Five Years – Managing a Fruit Tree from Rootstock to Fruiting” with Greg Giuliani

There are many aspects to raising a fruit tree through the first five years of life successfully, including rootstock selection, soils and soil hydration, planting, site relationship, sun/light, root competition, pollination, planting depth, support, and best time to plant. Greg Giuliani will cover what he considers to be the most important aspects at the March 13th meeting of the Snohomish County Fruit Society.  The meeting starts at 7 pm at the Boys and Girls Club of Snohomish, 402 2nd St, Snohomish, WA 98290.  A brief business meeting will precede the presentation.

Greg Giuliani has been a home orchardist in Woodinville area for 15 years. He grew up on a farm near Fall City which had a 1930’s orchard and has been a member of of the Seattle Tree Fruit Society since the late 90’s. He has learned to graft to enable him to produce fruit varieties that are not available in nurseries. He also enjoys experimenting with different growing and pruning techniques.

Snohomish County Fruit Society (SCFS) is a chapter of Western Cascade Fruit Society (WCFS) The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited.

Updated WCFS Website

Just like our plants, our website is undergoing some pruning and grafting this spring. Look for changes through out the website including am improved calendar where fruit related events across the Puget Sound can be referenced.

Always wondered exactly where all the WCFS chapters are located? Visit the Membership page to see a map of our current chapters and find contact information about each one.

Don’t forget to peruse the Resources page for loads of great information on all types of fruit related topics. Please leave a comment or send us an email if you have suggestions or corrections! Thanks for your patience as we move towards a more useful and fruitful website!