The best time to plant a fruit tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. Fruit trees can be a beautiful and rewarding addition to your landscape. Whether you are planning on a single tree or a full home orchard, this beginning workshop will cover how to select trees that can succeed and produce well in your San Francisco/Peninsula microclimate. There will also be a discussion of soil preparation and planting, pruning, disease prevention and pest management of your new trees in their first years. By the end of this class, participants should have the confidence to select and plant fruit trees. Presented by Lisa Putnam and Kathleen Putnam of the UC Master Gardeners of San Mateo and San Francisco Counties.
Lisa Putnam has a BS in Agricultural Economics from UC Davis and also studied nutrition science at Davis. She currently operates a small sustainable organic farm in Woodside and is a UC Master Gardener and Master Composter. Lisa’s passion is soil and compost. Along with her sister, Kathleen, Lisa has been teaching vegetable gardening at Lyngso’s, San Mateo County Fair, Common Ground, Garden Clubs for the last 12 years.
Kathleen Putnam is a professional organic vegetable gardener serving the Mid-Peninsula and is an ISA Certified Arborist. Kathleen has a degree in Environmental Horticulture from City College of San Francisco and is a UC Master Gardener. Kathleen’s passion is fruit trees. Along with her sister, Lisa, Kathleen has been teaching vegetable gardening and pruning techniques at many venues for the last 12 years.