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The Orchard in Magnuson Community Garden
The Orchard is transition area of flowering trees. In the Spring they create a splash of color on the south side of the Brig. It is designed as a demonstration area where people can learn about growing fruit trees in small urban spaces.
The orchard began with grafting workshops in which dwarf fruit trees, apple and pear, were prepared for the future orchard. The trees were placed in a temporary holding area of the P-Patch and were moved to the permanent orchard site when it was ready in the fall of 2003.
The orchard area was laid out in March 2003, the ground prepared, and irrigation was provided. Volunteers transplanted 28 apple trees, 9 pear trees, and 4 plum trees that had been grafted. Some of the plum trees were purchased.
In the spring of 2004 the trees blossomed and started to bear fruit. Only few of the fruits were allowed grow and ripen. In the early years, it is better to have energy spent on building up size rather than growing fruit. The exception is the Belgian fence where we will let the trees fruit fully in hopes that they will remain small (pictured below).
Espalier panels were built between the orchard and the Children’s Garden. They are demonstrating two dimensional patterns applicable for small home garden fruit production. Pictured left is a Belgian Fence
For more information on creating Espaliers look at the following resources:
Pruning classes are taught in the Magnuson Community Garden Orchard.
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Magnuson Park - 6344 N.E. 74th St., Suite 104 - Seattle,