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Join Casey Trees, the United States National Arboretum, Friends of the National Arboretum and Washington Youth Garden for a Fruit Tree Workshop with renowned orchardist and fruit tree expert Michael Phillips to discuss orchard basics.
Successfully growing fruit for your family or community becomes straightforward when you narrow the big picture down to getting the basics right. Harvesting sunlight through smart pruning is what renews fruit buds. Fungal disease becomes manageable with wise variety choices and enhanced soil biology. Even major insect challenges can be resolved safely when you perceive who, what, and when. All sorts of fruits—from apples and pears to peaches and cherries and onward to berries—make for a diverse orchard planting. Confidence to integrate tree fruits into your landscape begins with embracing biodiversity and knowing how to build system health. This day will be filled with practical information for growing tree fruits right!
Michael Phillips is known across the country for helping people grow healthy fruit. The “community orchard movement” that he helped found at GrowOrganicApples.com provides a full immersion into the holistic approach to orcharding. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a medicinal herb farm in northern New Hampshire. Michael’s newest book, The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way, speaks for all fruits and recently received Garden Book of the Year honors from the American Horticultural Society.
Michael will have copies of his books for sale at this event and accepts cash or check.
Unfortunately, no refunds will be provided for this event. However, since space is limited please let us know if you're unable to make it and your reservation will be opened for someone else and your registration fee will be processed as a donation.
The closest Metrorail station is Stadium Armory (Blue and Orange Lines). Transfer to the B2 Metrobus and get off at the stop near the intersection of Bladensburg Road and Rand Place NE. Walk back to sign at R Street and walk down R Street 2 blocks to Arboretum entrance. There is also free parking available on site.
The workshop will begin in the Administration Building of the U.S. National Arboretum.
Who Should Attend?
Open to the general public for anyone interested in learning more about the care and maintenance of fruit trees. School garden coordinators, community gardeners, homeowners and others that own and manage fruit trees will especially benefit from this discussion on orchard basics.
Classroom instruction will be followed by a field portion where Phillips will discuss and demonstrate some of the techniques for successfully managing fruit trees on several species in the Washington Youth Garden on the Arboretum grounds. This field session will take place rain or shine barring severe weather so please wear appropriate clothing.
All attendees will be provided with a light breakfast and a lunch. Please note your dietary preferences and/or allergies when registering so we can attempt to accommodate your needs.
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Thanks to our partners, the United States National Arboretum, Friends of the National Arboretum and the Washington Youth Garden for helping to sponsor this educational opportunity.
Scholarships are available. If interested, please contact Stephanie Juchs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-828-4132
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