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

Avocado Varieties A to Z

Presented by Julie Frink and Denny Luby

Speakers Bios

Julie Frink
Julie Frink is the Curator for the Avocado Variety Collection, University of California Research Station Irvine, California. Her specialty is knowing every variety of avocado we can grow here in San Diego. She will bring a collection of over 100 avocado varieties to show at the April meeting and describes its flavor, texture and season.  Recommending a year round avocado variety selection is her specialty. When is an avocado ready to pick? Which avocado tree can tolerate frost? Come on to the April 27th meeting and find out.

Denny Luby
I joined CRFG in 1998 when I saw a Cherimoya for the first time at the CRFG booth at the Orange County Fair. I started attending meetings and reading everything I could find about the fruit I could grow in my yard in Huntington beach. I was on the Board of the California Cherimoya Association for 3 years.  In 2004 I took the position of Greenscene Chair person for our chapter at the Fullerton Arboretum garden show. This is where I learned from the growers of the plants donated to our club (the experts). At that time I started working with Riley Holly and Julie Frink at the South Coast Research and Extension Center. Two years later I had a part in the grafting DVD that is still available for sale in the Fruit Gardner. Since about 2010 I have been making appearances with Julie Frink at Avocado Festivals, Garden shows, Fairs, and other activities where we can display and discuss avocados.  In 2015 I retired from nursing to spend more time in my yard planting, pruning, and grafting. I currently have 140 different fruiting plants in my yard. I have a USDA small seed lot permit to import seeds and have recently added Nutmeg, Bread Fruit, Bilimbi, and Cacao to my 140.

Wednesday, April 27
(Every 4th Wednesday of the month, except Nov. and Dec.)
Starts at 7:00 PM

Balboa Park, Casa del Prado, Room 101

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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:  April 18, 2016