Hands On Pomegrante Pruning and Propagation Workshops with Ben Kotnik

When: Jan. 27 Class 1 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Class 2 – 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: South Bay Botanic Garden
What: Hands On Pomegrante Pruning and Propagation Workshops with Ben Kotnik

Free to CRFG Members, $15 for Non-Members

This is two separate classes, please register for each by emailing Benjamin Cossel @ bcossel@gmail.com. Class size will be limited to 20 participants each,

930-11 Pruning Pomegranates
Come learn about the unique growth habits of pomegranates and how to prune them. Workshop will cover general pruning practices such as safety, tools, and proper cuts. Then we’ll dive into the specifics of working with pomegranates. Participants should bring their own pruning tools such as a small pruning saw, loppers, and hand pruners. Additionally, long sleeves, gloves, and eye protection are good ideas.

1130-1 Fruit Tree Propagation by Cuttings
This hands on workshop will explore the simplest methods for propagating fruit trees by taking cuttings from mother trees. We’ll work with figs and pomegranates. Participants should bring their own hand pruners, and optionally, a large plastic tub with lid (We’ll have about 10 large black tubs with yellow lids from Costco available for about $10 at the event). Participants will take their finished cuttings home to root and grow.

January Meeting – Scion Exchange

When: January 24, 7 pm
Where: Room 101, Balboa Park, Casa del Prado
What: Annual Scion Exchange and January Meeting

The upcoming scion exchange is just around the corner (January 24) and now is a good time to either become a member of our chapter or renew your membership. Membership for 2018 is $12 and updating your membership is just a click away. If you’ve already registered/renewed for 2018, there is nothing to worry about – you’re covered.

We’ll let you in on a little secret, everyone who renews or becomes a member before the annual scion exchange will be given a 15 minute “early” window to chose through what’s available before we open the exchange to the general public. Don’t delay, register/join now!

Pruning Basics with Tom del Hotal

When: January 21, 9 a.m. to Noon
Where: Bancroft Center for Sustainability, 3845 Spring Dr, Spring Valley, CA
What: Pruning basics with Tom del Hotal

Come learn from one of the masters of San Diego horticulture, Tom del Hotal, as he guides us through the basics of pruning fruit tress.

Nov. 17 – Regular Meeting – Effective Biocontrols for fruiting trees and plants

Join us as Matthew Gates will talk about using biological control agents (BCAs) in such a way as to maximize their control potential, in an integrated pest management system. The presentation centers on the diverse ways biological organisms can be used to control pests, and some of the common pitfalls and challenges associated with them in different growing environments.

When: Nov. 17, doors open at 6:30 PM, presentation starts at 7 PM
Where: Room 101, Casa Del Prado, Balboa Park

Oct 25 – Living to a “Ripe” Age, Professional “Nursery School” for Fruit Trees

ISA-certified arborist, Master Gardener, and long time CRFG member, Robin Rivet will be our guest speaker during the October 25, regular meeting. Robin’s talk will focus on the critical nature of tree selection, especially for specimens, not just species; and why this is vital for long-lived, productive fruit trees with water-efficient roots. Basic principles of modern arboriculture will be discussed, particularly how they should be applied to backyard fruit tree growing, as opposed to commercial, agricultural orchard practices – which often ignore these tenets.

She will review current ANSI standards for trees that the nursery trades should be following, yet are frequently circumvented due to economic pressures to sell quantity, instead of quality. Her talk will offer tips on how to locate the best trees, examine them before and during planting, and even sometimes improve those already in the ground. This will include best-practice planting techniques, and dispel many myths that abound about growing fruit and ornamental trees in our urban soils.

Lastly, she will bring some samples for show-and-tell to enlighten members about just how bad things can get, in hopes to convince attendees to learn from her mistakes. Be prepared: nursery school is much harder than you imagine.

Room 101, Casa Del Prado, Balboa Park
Doors open at 6:30 PM, presentation begins at 7 PM

Robin’s Biography
ISA Certified Arborist – Robin Rivet is an independent, consulting horticulturist & designer providing residents, non-profits, municipalities and schools with education and planning services. Robin currently serves on the City of La Mesa Environmental – Sustainability Commission, the executive committee for the San Diego Regional Urban Forests Council, was past manager of the Cool Communities Shade Tree Program and board arborist for the City of San Diego’s Community Forest Advisory Board. In 2012, she helped launch a countywide tree-mapping website that calculated the ecosystem benefits of urban trees. That year she received the Durrell Maughn Founder’s Award, “As an individual who had done the most to advance urban forestry education in the State of California”. For the San Diego Horticultural Society magazine, Robin authors a regular garden column, called “Trees Please”. This is her 21st year volunteering as a University of California Master Gardener, and she’s also a certified tree risk assessor and utility forester. In 2013, Robin was selected as a fellow with the National Science Foundation’s “Art of Science Learning”, and in October 2015, La Mesa Beautiful honored Robin as their “Citizen of the Year” for a decade of public service improving awareness of urban forestry. At her home in La Mesa, she helps tend a large, backyard orchard and garden with the love-of-her-life, fellow CRFG member “Steven Stuverud”. She believes home gardens should have components to mitigate climate change, supply edibles, provide wildlife habitat, and be water-efficient – as well as beautiful to the eye; and this June she completed a multi-media, digital arts certificate program.

July Meeting

San Diego Master Gardener and CRFG member, David Yetz will talk about growing citrus and pomegranates in our area.

When: Wednesday, July 27. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. coffee and tea available, regular meeting begins at 7 p.m., club business to follow the presentation.
Where: Room 101, Casa Del Parado, Balboa Park