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I hope you all are enjoying your summer and staying cool. It is hard to believe we are in August already and it is almost time to start up our propagation of plants for our annual sale next year. I’ve heard from some that they are anxious to get started, so here is the initial schedule and a reminder that all work days will be at the Wolfe Ranch:
September 14, Saturday 10:00am to Noon: Refresher class on care and sharpening of your garden tools and clean up of the propagation site and containers for our starts. (Rumor has it there will be snacks.)
September 21st, Saturday 10:00am to Noon: Hands on instructions on asexual propagation from cuttings of plants; bring your small snips or small pruners, gloves and excitement to learn. Everyone will have a great time. Cuttings will be provided this week, but we will have you bring some from your gardens the following weeks (stay tuned for more on the types of plants we are looking for).
Propagation will be on going every Saturday this year until late November or early December based on weather. We will start up again in late January, date TBD based on weather, and will continue up to Sale Day - May 9, 2020. I promise to make every effort to having only one work day per week, except for the week before and the week following the sale this year. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Wolfe Ranch each Saturday beginning on September 14th.
Let’s make the 32nd Annual Plat Sale the best one to date.
Bob Selders, President 🌳
“Rare Fruits for the Inland SF Bay Area” is the subject of Brian Lavin’s presentation at our August 26th general meeting. This wide-ranging talk by the current Chapter Chair of the Golden Gate Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers Association (www.crfg.org) will include discussions of rare varieties of common temperate and subtropical fruits such as apples, peaches, and avocados; and less familiar fruits such as Lucuma, Paw Paw, and Cherimoya. If there’s time, he will tell us about some experimental fruits that he and other members have managed to keep alive in their own gardens over a span of several years. He will also share propagation methods for each fruit he talks about.
With a background in the tropics and zoology, Brian began his hobby of growing rare fruits because he was trying to figure out how to grow fruit to support the diets of exotic animals. As he explained though, his fruit growing interests now span pretty much everything. He’s tried to grow things from the Arctic Circle as well as from tropical Africa. However, he is especially interested in things that can survive in California’s Mediterranean climate. Thus, he concentrates on “playing with things” from other Mediterranean areas, the subtropics, and cloud forest regions; and that’s what he’ll share with us.
Brian will try to bring some examples if they’re still growing in his garden by the end of August!
Elinor Bell, Vice President 🍎🥑🥭
We meet on the fourth Monday of each month, 7:30 pm at the Brentwood Community Methodist Church,
809 Second Street in Brentwood.
Board Meetings are held on the first Tuesday, (after the first Monday), 7:00 pm,
of each month in the Fireside Room.
Propagation for the 2019 season are over.
We will start again in the Fall on Saturdays from 10:00am until noon at the Wolfe Ranch.
2020 Annual-Perennial Plant Sale
May 9, 2020 | Wolfe Ranch