Author Article Archive - Tonia Lordy

Budding Workshop, Summer Pruning, and Potluck!

Saturday, August 1st 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Home Orchard Society Arboretum

From 9:00 am until 11:00, join HOS members for a free bud grafting class that will teach you the basics of summer fruit tree grafting. Bring your hand pruners and a sharp knife if you have one.

At 11:00 am HOS members will demonstrate summer pruning techniques using various trees and espaliers in the Arboretum collection as your tree supply.

We’ll taste summer fruits gathered from around the Willamette Valley from noon until 1:00 pm. Bring your berries, early apples, plums and figs!

At 1:00 pm we will sit down together for a great potluck meal. Bring a dish to share and you own plates and utensils, and a picnic blanket or your favorite folding chair.

The Home Orchard Society Turns 40!!!!

Join us for an evening in the orchard, Saturday June 27th from 4 till 7pm.

The Home Orchard Society has been sharing scions, stories, and a passion for fruit with Portland area residents (and beyond) since 1975. Join us for an evening in our beloved demonstration orchard to celebrate our founders, members, volunteers, and mission of “promoting the science, culture, and pleasure of growing fruit at home”. Bring a light snack to share, picnic plates/utensils/cups, and a folding chair or blanket. Beverages will be provided. We always look forward to meeting new friends and catching up with old ones. See you in the orchard!

Contact Tonia Lordy for information: 503-338-8479 or

Last Cider Pressing of the Year

Have you had your fill of cider yet?

Saturday November 8th will be our last pressing event for the year(10am-3pm). Spend an afternoon at the arboretum pressing our beautiful cider worthy apples. Bring bottles, jugs, or jars so you can take some home to share with your friends and family. This is a super fun time for the whole family…oh and it’s suppose to be sunny and mild!!!

Looking forward to seeing you at the orchard!


We need you! Volunteer for the All About Fruit Show…

Hey, did you know that our volunteers receive free admission to the show?!?

This year’s All About Fruit Show will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 18th and 19th in the Main Pavilion of the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby, 10am – 4pm. We always need help during the show and also during set-up on Friday the 17th. You can volunteer for one shift or for the entire day. It is a great way to meet other HOS members, get reacquainted with familiar faces and help ensure the smooth running of our show.

If you can help, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator: Jacqueline Freeman, at

UPDATE (10/15):
Hello my name is Jacqueline and I’m the Home Orchard Society volunteer coordinator! If you think HOS sounds like fun, you are totally right! This is a friendly, helpful group, fascinating knowledge. Might I invite you to be one of our volunteers? Right now I am looking for helpers for the All About Fruit show on Sat & Sun Oct 18-19. If you’d like to help for a morning or afternoon shift either day, you get free admission and a big smiley hug from me. Message me with your phone and email and we’ll get that setup. Thanks!