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Sign up for the March 22 Day of Classes!

Pre-registration: $10 per adult

Registration day of class: $15 per adult. People under 21 are free!

Come join us for an all you can learn buffet of helpful information!

Raintree will be open from 7:30 a.m. to dark on class day.

How to register: Call us, send in your check or register online.

Located in Southwest Washington, classes are at Onalaska Middle School, 540 Carlisle Ave. Onalaska, WA 98570. From Hwy 508, in Onalaska go north six blocks. The middle school is on the left.

Books, supplies, rootstocks and scinwood will be available for sale at classes.

Special Class-Day Sale: At the classes, we will have a flyer listing dozens of items offered at the nursery at class day only sale prices!

About the Classes

Jo Robinson, New York Time’s best selling author of the book “Eating on the Wild Side,” will be teaching a morning class. Robinson is a long time Raintree customer and a resident of Western Washington. She will be signing books. For years, Raintree Nursery  has offered fruit varieties proven to be high in essential nutrients. Robinson will talk about the important nutrients available in fruit and which varieties are best to grow for maximum health.

Taught by Raintree staff, edible landscapers, experienced growers and WSU scientists, the classes have become famous for teaching what you need to know to succeed in home fruit growing. We cover many of the same basic subjects each year, but the content is always new, fun and informative, with plenty of time for answering your questions. If you wish, bring a tape recorder or video camera. Plan time for visiting the nursery!

9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: GRAFTING: Ongoing small groups! Scionwood available.

9 a.m. – BERRIES-BLUE, BLACK, ELDER, GOOSE, RASP and STRAW: Learn to prune, train, select and plant them.

9 a.m. — FOR THE BEGINNER: All the basics to successfully start growing fruit trees and berries in your yard!

10 a.m. – FRUIT FOR YOUR HEALTH: Jo Robinson, best selling author of the book “Eating on the Wild Side”  will discuss which of the Raintree fruit varieties are the most nutritious and how to pick, harvest and preserve fruit to maximize its nutritive value. We recommend you read her book (catalog #S147) beforehand. She will also answer questions and sign her book.

11:15  a.m. – PLANT PROPAGATION: Raintree staff shows you propagation from seeds, cuttings, layering, budding & grafting.

11:15 a.m. — PESTS AND DISEASES: Learn to control fungus, insects including the new fruit fly, weeds and deer in your fruit garden using ecological methods!

12:15 — LUNCH: A Healthy lunch is sold on site! Or bring a lunch. Anne Bhagwandin,  much loved local chef and author of “The Chestnut Cookbook”  will prepare a reasonably priced delicious organic lunch from locally grown foods. We highly recommend the lunch. You sign up for it  in the morning at the classes.  Proceeds from the lunch go to local non profit organizations. Anne will also sign her book but not while she is cooking.

1 p.m. — MASON BEES: Learn all about how to care for them!

1 p.m. — GROWING GRAPES:  Gary Moulton shares his expertise. Best varieties, rootstocks, growing & training methods.

2 p.m. GROWING NUT TREES: Learn what to grow and how.

2 p.m. — MAKING CIDER: Cider expert Gary Moulton explains how to choose and grow the best cider varieties and how to make wonderful apple and pear ciders.

3 p.m. – FRUIT VARIETIES & TECHNIQUES FROM AROUND THE WORLD  Gardeners from cultures all over the world have settled in Western Washington. Many have brought their fruit varieties and techniques and recipes with them. With audience participation, Raintree owner Sam Benowitz  shares that wealth of knowledge of what was brought from temperate climates elsewhere that does well here. We share wisdom from other parts of the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia.

3 p.m. — FRUIT TREE PRUNING: Gary Moulton formerly from the WSU Mt. Vernon station explains and demonstrates how to prune all fruits including young and old trees.

4-5 p.m. — HANDS ON PRUNING: We go out in the field and learn to prune a large overgrown fruit tree.

4:30-5 p.m. — TOP WORK FRUIT TREES: Learn to graft on existing trees.

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