383 Year Old Pear Tree Alive and Well

Read about one of the first fruit trees planted by settlers in America: (external site) http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/first-fruit-tree-planted-america-still-alive-and-well-age-383.html

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,…

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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…

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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….

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In Praise of the Tripod Orchard Ladder

I know you’ve seen them, and have likely used one, but do you own a Tripod Orchard Ladder? My first memory of such a ladder is that of my Father climbing a tall 3-legged Wooden Monster at a U-pick cherry orchard. He’d toss down fat black Bings to us kids scrambling below. My frst climbing experience with such a contraption…

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Box Elder Bugs

Joanie Cooper has been bugging me for some time to find a way to control box elder bugs. These are the ones with the red edge to their wings and which congregate in the fall around most buildings. Note color of the building they migrate to and then paint some old plywood, poster board or similar material with a similar…

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