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.