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City Fruit Classes in Seattle

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City Fruit’s updated class calendar—with some encores of popular classes!

All regular City Fruit classes cost $15 for members, $20 for non-members.  Register online at www.cityfruit.org or send a check, the name of the class, and your contact information to: City Fruit, PO Box 28577, Seattle 98118.

Fruit Tree Pruning Basics–FREE Sponsored by City People’s Garden Store
February 26, 2 – 3:15 pm.
City People’s Garden Store: 2939 Madison, Seattle 98112.   
To register, email erincpgs@gmail.com or 206-324-0737.
Regularly pruning fruit trees improves their overall health, appearance, and can even increase fruit production.  In this beginner class, learn the biology behind pruning fruit trees, practice basic pruning cuts, learn about pruning tools and get hands-on experience pruning a fruit tree.  Ingela Wanerstrand is owner of Green Darner Garden Design, specializing in edible landscapes, and has more than 15 years’ experience professionally pruning fruit trees.

Mason Bees for Pollination
March 3, 7 - 9 pm
Jackson Place Cohousing: 800 Hiawatha Pl. S, Seattle WA
Native, non-aggressive mason bees can dramatically increase fruit yields while improving the entire city ecosystem.  In this class you’ll learn how to be successful in raising mason bees and will receive hands-on experience with harvesting mason bees.  Instructor Dave Hunter has been working with mason bees for nearly 20 years and helping gardeners become more aware of pollination requirements.  He recently launched  www.crownbees.com.

Grafting New Fruit onto Existing Fruit Trees
March 12, 10 am – noon
Bradner Gardens Park classroom: 1733 Bradner Place S, Seattle WA 98144
This course provides an introduction to the whip graft, cleft graft, bud graft and pleach.  You can practice grafting and learn the in’s and out’s of rootstocks. Instructor Greg Giuliani grew up on a Snoqualmie Valley farm with a 1930’s orchard.  He learned how to graft in order to re-create these heritage fruit varieties, not available in stores.  He has been a member and instructor with the Seattle Tree Fruit Society for twelve years.

Permaculture and Orchards
Saturday, March 19, 10 am – noon
Bradner Gardens Park classroom: 1733 Bradner Place S, Seattle WA  98144.
Learn permaculture best practices for planting and maintaining healthy fruit trees including  how to establish "plant communities" (or permaculture plant guilds) that activate the soil, support the ecosystem, and promote low maintenance tree health. Co-instructor Jenny Pell is a permaculture teacher, designer and consultant specializing in urban permaculture, edible perennials and vertical gardening.  Jacqueline Cramer has worked the land for twenty years as farmer, teacher, gardener, designer, and activist, and has worked in urban settings designing, installing and maintaining landscapes, including over 15 school food gardens.
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