The UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County are pleased to announce a new workshop titled The New Backyard Orchard, to be held on November 2, 2017, at the Cameron Park Community Center (2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682).  Dave Wilson Nursery specialist Phil Pursel and UC Davis fruit and nut tree experts Ted DeJong and Chuck Ingels will address the audience from 10:30 to 4:00.  Doors open at 10:00am and a light lunch is included in the $40 registration fee.

Developing a healthy, productive, backyard orchard requires planning, proper tree selection, and good planting techniques. Once your trees are in the ground, having a thorough understanding of how fruit and nut trees function for proper pollination, bud formation, and fruiting will help you more effectively care for your trees. This workshop will explain these factors and show you how to take advantage of pruning techniques that allow your trees to obtain better sun exposure, better airflow, and better structure for easier netting and pest prevention.

The New Backyard Orchard will help you choose the right varieties for your region, plant trees correctly, and shape trees to make them attractive as well as high-bearing. You’ll receive a thorough, scientifically correct understanding of how trees generate fruit, to help you understand how to manage your orchard. We’ll be explaining the benefits of bush and espalier tree training, for pest prevention and tree health.

Whether you have just a tree or two, or hope to expand your food supply through intensive backyard orchard development, this workshop is for you.

Master Gardeners who attend will earn four hours of Continuing Education credit.
To learn more and to pre-register, please visit our website at  or register at If you have questions, please call (530)-621-5528. 

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