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2019 Arboretum Programs

Lots of exciting things happening around the arboretum these days.  We have new workshops and programs planned for the 2019 season.  Stay posted to the events page on this site for updated information on all of our workshops, classes, and events.

Here is a look at some of the programs we are offering in 2019

Community Orchard-  Now is the time to sign up for our 2019 season!  There is a $75 fee and a 45 hour volunteer requirement to participate.  Community Orchard program participants get to attend all of our workshops for FREE, plus they get a full season of fresh fruit from the arboretum (June through November, 5-10lbs a week).

CSA-  We are bringing back our community supported agriculture program for those who want to support the HOS and get lots of yummy fruit, but don’t have the time or desire to attend workshops or volunteer.  $350 will get participants 20 weeks (5-10 pounds per week) of organically grown fruits from the orchard.

Workshop Pass-  This is a great program for those of you that plan on attending over 5 workshops in the year.  Participants get access to all of the Arboretum workshops for the 2019 season for $125.  *Please note that this does NOT include the CCC sponsored classes February Pruning or Grafting.

*New class  Pruning Young Blueberries– this class is specifically for newly planted blueberries (1-4 years old)

*New class Kiwi pruning- we took last year off to allow for some restructuring of our vines, they are back and ready to be worked!

Everybody to have the opportunity to participate in our programs and workshops.  We do understand that some may not be able to afford it.  We are always willing to work with those who want to learn!  Please contact Tonia to discuss work/trade options at the arboretum.

Information about our upcoming workshops and winter events will be posted in the next few weeks.  If you have any questions you can contact Tonia at:

Budding, Summer Pruning and Annual HOS Picnic

Join us this Saturday for our yearly Budding/Summer Pruning Workshop and stick around for our potluck picnic luncheon!

August 4th from 9am-3pm at the HOS Arboretum on the CCC campus in Oregon City.

Once on campus follow the signs to the BROWN parking lot or Environmental Learning Center.

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 12:30 pm. Bring your berries, early apples, plums and figs!

At 12:30 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.

Catch the “Dirt Bag” on KBOO 90.7 FM

Listen and learn about growing fruits, vegetables and more in our region! Call in with your questions! The only show like it in the Pacific Northwest, the Dirtbag is on the second Wednesday of the month from 11 till noon.  Hosted by HOS member Glen Andresen with guest Jim Gilbert, owner of Northwoods Nursery and member of the HOS Board of Directors, you’ll learn about common and unusual fruits and vegetables we can grow, planting times and techniques, and fruit exploring adventures in the US and overseas.


Evening Harvest Walk Series- back by popular demand!!!

This was such a popular and super fun event last year, we decided to do it again!  Here is what one of last years attendants had to say about the series:

This past summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to join Tonia, the arboretum manager, as she provided an guided tour of the orchard.   The three Harvest Walks were scheduled one Saturday evening in the months of July, August and September.    To keep the event intimate, Tonia kept the attendance to a maximum of 25 people, and each event was sold out (or close to it).  Most people signed up for all 3 events, and it was lovely to see the same faces months after month.
The Harvest Walk began with an amazing assortment of foods prepared by professional chefs (?) and (?).  They did an amazing job of incorporating the different fruits of the orchard in with their offerings.  Who would have imagined that grapes would go so well with focaccia bread, or that the pineapple guava petals (which taste like the “sweettarts” candy) could be infused to flavor in cake?
Everyone enjoyed themselves getting to know each other while eating the amazing food.   I was so excited to be able to talk with others who shared my love of fruit trees.
Once everyone was finished eating, Tonia gathered the group and led us throughout the demonstration gardens and the orchard.  Walking through the orchard, Tonia talked about ripeness indicators, proper harvestingtechniques, and answered all of our questions.   We were able to sample so many of the orchard’s different types of fruits including, but not limited to plums, blueberries, apples, pears, currants and grapes.   And because the orchard has so many different varieties of each of these fruits, many times we were able to sample and compare the varieties to understand the nuances and uniqueness of each.
At the end of the lively evening, each person was loaded down with an assortment of freshly picked fruit from the orchard to take home.
All in all, it was a wonderful, fun filled educational evening & I’m looking forward to attending the Harvest Walks next summer!
-Lori Miller


Join our arboretum manager, Tonia on an informal guided tour of our lovely demonstration gardens. We will talk about ripeness indicators, proper harvesting techniques, post harvest handling, and all sorts of other fruit growing related stuff as we leisurely stroll through the orchard tasting ripe and not so ripe fruit straight of the trees, shrubs, and vines that share their bounty with us each harvest season.

Non alcoholic beverages will be provided as well as a few homemade appetizers, crafted by HOS fan Sarah Smith, with seasonal fruits from around the orchard. Every attendant will go home with a small box of fruit.

Tickets are pre-sold only!  There are NO tickets available at the door.

Single Event (per person) $30 for non-members $25 for members

Whole Series (per person) $80 for non-members $65 for members

We have 3 dates(7/21, 8/25, 9/22)

Contact Tonia for ticketing information:

What to include in your email: how many tickets you would like, the full name of everybody in your party, and whether you want the series or a single event.

Spring Plant Sale May 12th

The Home Orchard Society has been sharing our love of backyard fruit growing for the last 40 + years.  We invite you to join in the fun and grow some fruit!  This is the first of we hope to be an Annual Spring Plant Sale.  Come out and show your support for the HOS!

What’s available? …

-dwarf and semi dwarf fruit trees (newly grafted): apple (30+ varieties!!!), European pear, Asian pear, plums, figs

-blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, thimbleberries, strawberries, lingonberries, currants, evergreen huckleberries

-plus lots of odds and ends from around the orchard

Our friends at Wild Oaks Nursery will have nice selection of PNW native plants and Permaculture Rising is joining us with lots of vegetable starts, medicinal/culinary herbs, and pollinator and wildlife friendly plants.

And what fruit lover’s festival would be complete without homemade jams and jellies????  Our friend Sarah Smith makes unique jams and jellies from some of the more unusual fruits we run across…cornelian cherry jelly and Chinese hawthorn butter are a couple of our favorites!!! Come check out some of her Smiths Home Harvest Preserves.

The Arboretum is located on the CCC campus in Oregon City.  Once on campus follow the signs to the Environmental Learning Center or the Brown parking lot, both located off Inskeep Drive near the Beavercreek entrance to campus.


We had a great time at the 2018 Fruit Propagation Fair!  Thanks to all of you who came out and supported the Home Orchard Society.

Of course none of our events happen without the support of our dedicated volunteers, our committed board members and the vision and leadership of our wonderful board President, Joanie Cooper who works tirelessly to help the HOS fulfill it’s mission of sharing all of this fruit growing stuff with all of you.  Every year our volunteers and board members put in hundreds of hours to bring these events to our fans and friends.  Preparations for the Fruit Propagation Fair start in January with scion collection.  We travel to multiple orchards throughout the PNW collecting propagation materials to share.  As  you can probably imagine,  an event such as this requires much time and effort.  It took 35 volunteers (112 hours) to set up tables, table cloths, place the buckets, fill with water, sort and set out all of the scions and place their name tags.  On Sunday, the day of the event, we had 88 volunteers fulfill 409 hours of work, a truly amazing, and worthwhile group effort!

Thank you to all those involved!!!


We do have some rootstock left-over from our event.  This rootstock is available for purchase from the Home Orchard Society Arboretum in Oregon City.  We are open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9-3pm.  This is a first come first serve deal, if you are looking for a large quantity, please call ahead to check inventory and reserve 503-338-8479.

We are offering a special price on rootstock!

non-member price: $4, member price: $3


Apple: nic 29, m26, bud 9, m27, m9, m7

Pear: ohxf 333, ohxf 87, quince (compatible with MOST pear)

Persimmon: d. virginiana

Stone fruit: St Julian A, marianna 2624, marianna gf8-1, myrobalan

2018 All About Fruit Show

On Saturday and Sunday, October 20th and 21st, the All About Fruit Show takes place at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby, Oregon. We are in the main pavilion, with parking right across the street. Hours are 10am to 4pm. Admission for HOS members is $5 per person, $10 per family. For non-members, the admission is $7 per person and $12 per family. Admission is free if you are new member joining that day. Tell your friends its a great bargain.

Displayed for tasting are hundreds of different varieties of apples, and pears, plus grapes, kiwi, and other selections. It’s a good opportunity to choose the fruits to grow in your own yard. Select the ones that taste the best and then go to the “Make a Tree” table and order trees to be custom grafted for pickup in the spring. Most heirloom varieties are not available for purchase at your local nursery, so this is your opportunity to grow fruit “the likes of which” you’ll never find in a grocery store.

Our panel of experts will be available to answer all manner of questions about fruit growing. They have decades of experience and are happy to share their knowledge. Look for the “Information” sign; they’ll be looking for you.

Don’t miss the “Identification” corner. If you have an unknown apple tree in your yard or orchard, bring some samples of the tree to the ID folks and they will try to determine its identity. the guidelines for successful apple ID are as follows:
Bring 5 or 6 good samples from each tree
Do NOT wash or polish the fruit
Leave the stem on the apple
Bring a few leaf samples
Make a map with the tree location
Keep your samples in the refrigerator if it will be more than a few days between picking time and show time
Make a note of the date of picking
It’s helpful if you have information about the age of the tree. For example, was the house built in the 1970’s and the tree planted at that time? Is it an old orchard that was planted in the early 1900s? These are questions and answers needed to put the tree in its correct era.

One Green World Nursery will have a large display of trees, shrubs and small fruits available for purchase. Their knowledgeable staff will be happy to tell you about some of the more unusual fruits you can grow in your own yard.

The Home Orchard Society Arboretum will have fruit for sale, as well as empty mason bee tubes and fruit socks. Our Arboretum manager, Tonia Lordy, will be happy to answer questions and share hints on growing the best fruit. She also has HOS hats and T-shirts for sale. (You’ll look good sporting the HOS logo!)

A local vendor will be offering samples of honey. Be sure to stop by.  When you are ready for a break, check out our Lunch Lady area. She has coffee, soft drinks, hot lunches, cookies, and snacks, as well as a place to sit and enjoy.

The All About Fruit Show is a great family event. There are good things to taste, new things to learn, and questions that can be answered. It’s an overall great experience!

Join us on October 20th and 21st.

Speaker Schedule for All About Fruit Show



Fall Events

Lots of stuff happening around the Home Orchard Society community these days. Fall is that time of year when we invite the community out to the arboretum to help pick up wind fall and press cider. This year we are hosting a Fall Plant sale, which is a new fundraiser for us…we’ll have a few choice apples trees for sale and some other odds and ends. Our coolers are loaded down with fruit that we sell every Tuesday and Saturday from 9-3pm; and lets not forget our yearly tradition…the All About Fruit Show, one of North Americas largest fruit tasting event.

Stay posted to the events calendar on this web-site for details and dates. Looking forward to seeing all your lovely faces.

Happy Harvesting!

Tonia Lordy
HOS Arboretum Manager