Welcome to the California Rare Fruit Growers, San Diego Chapter!

Gary S. Bender Ph.D., Emeritus
Growing Avocado Trees in San Diego County

Farm Advisor-Emeritus

Dr. Bender has many areas of expertise as Farm Advisor in San Diego County. Subtropical horticulture, deciduous fruit trees, irrigation, water quality, pest management, root rot and pathology of avocados and citrus and avocado canopy management.

Friday, November 20th
(Every 4th Wednesday of the month, except Nov. and Dec.)
Starts at 7:00 PM

Balboa Park, Casa del Prado, Room 101

Driving Directions

Chapter Newsletter and Special Event Notifications

Beginning in January, we will be using a new email process to send newsletters and eblasts. To continue to receive the Chapter newsletter and special event notifications via email, please have your CRFG, Inc. membership number ready and sign up at the link provided below. If you are part of a household membership, please submit information for each member using the same CRFG, Inc. Member ID number, found on the mailing label of your Fruit Gardener magazine. Please follow this link:

CRFG, Inc. Update Membership Information 

The San Diego Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers was created to educate people about rare fruits, to identify fruits that are adaptable to the local area, and to propagate and to exchange plant materials.

What do we do?

During the year, the San Diego Chapter has many activities related to growing rare, unusual and exotic fruits. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in growing fruits in the San Diego area and a desire to improve their gardening skills.

Our meetings cover a wide variety of subjects such as selecting rare or semitropical fruit trees, how to plant and take care of them, how enhance your garden with fruit trees, and what to do with your new source of food.

During our meetings, we have a raffle of rare and exotic plants, mostly scarce fruit trees, donated to the Chapter by our generous membership. We also have a fruit tasting table, where the members get to enjoy fresh fruit prepared in many ways.

In addition, members receive a monthly newsletter filled with information about activities of interest to San Diego gardeners, and recipes using exotic fruits.

For other cities please visit our parent organization's web page at http://www.crfg.org. We also welcome suggestions on how to provide timely and specific information to everyone interested in growing rare fruits in San Diego.


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Last Updated:  November 18, 2015