January 14, 2017: Annual Scion Exchange! Event opens at 10:00 for members, and at 11:00 for the public. We will stay open until about 3:00, but come early if you can! This event is free of charge, but donations are accepted! Signs will be out to help you find the Multi-Cultural Center at Emma Prusch Park. If you have not paid up membership in advance, we will have someone available to help you!
At the scion exchange you will find scion wood, and cuttings for rooting, for many types of deciduous fruiting trees, as well as some shrubs and vines. Come prepared for the best results! Bring tape or tags for labeling your selections, and bags to place them in. Lists of what you are looking for can help to guide you. There will be CRFG members ready to help with your questions.
While this is an “exchange” you are not required to bring scion wood. If you have a tree at home with delectable fruit, and you would like to share some wood, please bring a labeled bag of scions that are pencil thick, and 10 or so inches long. We try to make sure that we do not share wood of varieties that are still under patent. If you have a question about what you might bring, please show someone with a name tag, and we can check for you!
Also available will be a table of supplies for grafting if you would like to purchase something. There will also be two grafting demonstrations to help insure your success with the wood you take home!
See you there!
December 10, 2016: Bi-monthly meeting at Emma Prusch Park in San Jose. Open to all. Meeting starts at 1:00. Come early for chatting and snacking. Presentation will be by C. Todd Kennedy, who is well known in the CRFG for speaking and writing about many kinds of fruit. Todd will be presenting on variety selection of fruit trees for our area. This is great timing for us as we make plans for buying new trees, and for making selections for grafting.
October 8, 2016: Bi-monthly meeting at Emma Prusch Park in San Jose. Open to all. Meeting starts at 1:00. Come early for chatting and snacking. Presentation will be by Ann Northrup, plant pathologist. She will be speaking on disease problems, and management of these problems that show up in our fruit trees. She will also speak about abiotic disorders, such as sun, water, and mineral imbalances.
September 18, 2016: At 11:30, we will be having a guided tour of an orchard in San Jose. This is available for members only.
August 13, 2016: Bi-monthly meeting at Emma Prusch Park in San Jose. Open to all. Meeting starts at 1:00. We will have a potluck at this meeting. Please bring something tasty to share. Also plan on bringing your plates, cups, and utensils. Come with something about your garden to share as well! This is also a potluck of ideas! We will plan on sharing tricks, wisdom, tools, and successes from our gardens. We can also work on problem solving for things that are not going well! We will also have a fig grafting demonstration!
We have two very nice home garden tours for July, on Saturday July 9, and July 16. Both properties are quite large, and you can plan on spending a minimum of 30 minutes touring the orchards and asking questions. These tours are for members only (because of insurance) so be sure to look for more information in your CRFG email!
June 11, 2016: Bi-monthly meeting at Emma Prusch Park in San Jose. Open to all. Meeting starts at 1:00. Come early for chatting and snacking. Ernesto Sandoval will be speaking about the relationship between plant hormones and pruning trees.
Ernesto Sandoval has been wondering and seeking questions to why plants grow and look the way that they do for a long time. He regularly lectures to a variety of western Garden Clubs throughout the year. Ernesto thoroughly enjoys helping everyone, and gardeners in particular, to understand why and how plants do what they do.
When he was about 13 he asked his dad why one tree was pruned a particular way and another tree another way. His dad answered bluntly “because that’s the way you do it.” Since then he’s been finding the answers to those and many other questions by getting a degree at UC Davis in Botany and working from student weeder/waterer to Director over the last 25 years at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory.