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Order your fruit sox today!

Hey folks! Spring is here and little fruitlets are growing on the trees! That means it’s time to order your fruit sox. Haven’t heard of fruit sox before?

Read more here and order yours today!

Short video featuring Arboretum Manager, Tonia Lordy

Orchard People is a Toronto-based organization that is traveling around North America gathering information and interviews with fruit tree-related groups. They came to the HOS Arboretum in March and took some video footage. Here is the first short clip:

http://www.orchardpeople.com/506b-planting-green-manure-around-mature-fruit-trees/

tag: HOS arboretum video

Come to the 40th Annual Fruit Propagation Fair!

Join us for the 40th Annual Fruit Propagation Fair!

Sunday March 22nd, 10am – 4pm
Clackamas County Fairgrounds – 694 NE 4th Ave, Canby, OR

This event will be held at the main pavilion at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds. In a few short hours, we’ll sell hundreds of rootstocks, give away thousands of scions, graft untold numbers of trees, complete our Make-A-Tree orders, and help lots of folks launch into the pleasure of growing good fruit at home! If you want to grow your own fruit trees, this is the place to be!

  • Free with entry – hundreds of varieties of apple & pear scions!
  • Arrive early for the limited selection of cherry, plum, persimmon, and peach scions!
  • Free cuttings: grapes, kiwis, and several varieties of berry bushes!
  •  Rootstocks & plants for sale!
  • HOS expert table to answer your fruit growing questions!
  • Plus … custom grafting, mason bee supplies, fruit tree growing publications, door prizes, & more!

Admission:

– $4 for members (family $8)

– $6 for non-members (family $10)

– Free if you join HOS at this show!

If you would like to volunteer for the show, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for this event, Bob Hatton, at bob@portlandfruit.org. If you volunteer, your admission fee will be waived. We currently need more volunteers in the PM! 

Karen Tillou, grafting (photo by Paul Carter/The Register-Guard)

Karen Tillou, grafting (photo by Paul Carter/The Register-Guard)

 

Join us for our Blueberry Pruning Class

Saturday March 7th
11am – 2pm
@ the HOS Arboretum, Clackamas Community College

Join Arboretum Manager, Tonia Lordy, for pruning classes to help improve your home orchard.

Properly pruned blueberries produce larger crops of sweeter fruit and have less disease and insect problems. Tonia will demonstrate the best pruning practices for your blueberry bushes and provide guided, hands on instruction.

Bring weather-appropriate clothes, a pair of hand pruners, loppers, and a hand saw.

Rain or Shine!

*Registration is required
email Tonia at arboretum@homeorchardsociety.org
$5-$15 sliding scale fee

Join us for our Fruit Tree Grafting Class

Join us on Saturday February 28th at Clackamas Community College!

We’ll be offering Beginner and Intermediate workshops for hands-on experience with grafting your own fruit trees. Co-sponsored by Clackamas Community College. Rootstock and scion wood provided. Take home your own fruit tree!

Bring hand pruners and a grafting knife, exacto knife, or utility knife.

Fee: $15

Beginner- 9:00am-10:20am, course #HOR-008-06
Beginner- 10:45am-12:05pm, course #HOR-008-07
Intermediate- 12:45pm-2:05pm, course #HOR-008-08

Register early to reserve your space! Pre-registration is required.

Registration:
1. Follow link: www.clackamas.edu/horticulture/signup/
2. Click on Classes and Workshops
3. Scroll down the page to ‘Topic Code’
4. From drop down menu select ‘HORT-Horticulture’ and ‘Submit’
5. Check the box on left of the workshop(s) you wish to register for and ‘Submit’
6. Complete registration (requires credit or debit card payment)

Register in person:
At the Enrollment Services Center in Roger Rook Hall,
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Ave, Oregon City, OR 97045

Additional information: Contact Loretta Mills, lorettam@clackamas.edu
or 503-594-3292; website: www.clackamas.edu/horticulture

Join us for our Winter Fruit Tree Pruning class!

Home Orchard Society Fruit Tree Pruning class

@ HOS Arboretum, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR 97045

HOS members will teach and demonstrate basic pruning and training practices for a wide variety of fruit trees and other fruiting plants. Register through Clackamas Community College. Call 503-594-3292 or email request to lorettam@clackamas.edu and a registration flyer will be sent to you. $10 per person.

More info here

Join us for “Think Spring” this weekend!

Start off the year by joining us and other orchardists for a morning of fantastic speakers at this year’s Think Spring!

Saturday January 24th, 9am – 1pm @ Clackamas Community College

9:00 am – Dan Estacia of Salem’s Terra Gardens will talk on soil.
10:00 am – Marisha Auerbach will speak on Permaculture.
11:00 am and 12 noon – Our own Karen Tillou will give a 2 part lecture on the art and science of espalier.

Register early to reserve your space! Pre-registration is required.
Fee: $15, course code #HOR-008-10

Registration:
1. Follow link: www.clackamas.edu/horticulture/signup/
2. Click on Classes and Workshops
3. Scroll down the page to ‘Topic Code’
4. From drop down menu select ‘HORT-Horticulture’ and ‘Submit’
5. Check the box on left of the workshop(s) you wish to register for and ‘Submit’
6. Complete registration (requires credit or debit card payment)

Register in person:
At the Enrollment Services Center in Roger Rook Hall,
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Ave, Oregon City, OR 97045

Additional information: Contact Loretta Mills lorettam@clackamas.edu
or 503-594-3292; website: www.clackamas.edu/horticulture

Join us for Scion Collection this weekend!

Our annual scion exchange is approaching and we need your help!!!
Join an awesome group of hardy volunteers for scion/cutting collection at the
Home Orchard Society Arboretum.

Rain or Shine! Wear good outside gear. Bring pruning tools if you have them.

What’s a scion you ask?…it’s the young, one year old growth on a fruit tree that is cut off to be grafted to another tree or rootstock. The genetics of this scion determines what kind of fruit the tree will bear.

Please contact Tonia if you have further questions.
arboretum@homeorchardsociety.org, 503-338-8479