About Us

The California Rare Fruit Growers, West Los Angeles Chapter, are people just like you… only probably with a little more dirt under their fingernails. In backyards, front yards and pots, we are pushing the boundaries of what it is possible to grow west of La Cienega. Our membership includes some of the great authorities on propagating cherimoyas, grafting guavas and growing thirty different varieties of blueberries… We also include beekeepers, worm herders, compost churners; and welcome all others — even those just starting out — who want to learn exactly how it’s done.

PS. If you live east of La Cienega or anywhere else, you are of course also welcome. It is just that the West LA Chapter tends to battle issues like “did we have ANY sun last summer?” and “did we have ANY winter this winter?” more than zones less affected by the nearness of the ocean.

Hey, what’s happening?!

Field Trip March 10th @ 9 am: Fruit Tree Symposium withTom Spellman

In a joint field trip with the LA Chapter, we will be the beneficiaries of the experience and wisdom of the famous Tom Spellman of Dave Wilson Nurseries.   Tom is  a specialist in backyard fruit growing, and author/lecturer on topics near to our heart, such as Low-Chill Winners for successful fruit production,  The Art …

Fruit tree pruning demo January 6th @ 10 am (note the earlier date!)

We will start 2018 with a great Pruning Demonstration by WLA member Pieter Severynen, a professional arborist and landscape architect. Pieter is a California licensed landscape architect and ISA certified arborist. He has been working with fruit trees for over 40 years. He studied subtropical agriculture in the Netherlands, where he received his pruning diploma …

Meeting Location

Veterans Memorial Building

4117 Overland Ave., Culver City 90230

This is a large beautiful building and is hard to miss. It’s on the southwest corner of Overland Avenue and Culver Boulevard. This map will help you find parking plus our meeting room.


What’s fruiting now/where?

One of the most fascinating topics for our chapter’s  members is this:  what can we grow most successfully in our ocean-mediated micro-climates?

In an attempt to clarify that, we are asking for photos of precisely what you have fruiting at any given time.  Please attach to your images (sent to Contact Us) as much as you know about the species, variety and cultivar that is currently bearing, your zip code and the month in which the photo was taken.  If you can remember where you obtained said plant, that would definitely be bonus!

For example, the image above is a muntingia calabura (aka cotton candy tree).  The fruit is getting ready to ripen in zip code 90402 and it was purchased as a 2″ plant from Logee’s about 3-4 years ago.  See, that wasn’t hard!  If enough of us do this, we can produce a whole visual calendar of what is possible even with no summer.

Check out what we have so far.  Remember, this is just a work in progress.  We need your pix!

What's Fruiting Now?





Helpful Links

At the suggestion of Juanita Withrow, WLA Chapter Board Member & Social Media Expert par excellence, we are adding links to organizations or vendors discussed at each of our meetings.  Click here for what came up on September 9th.

And here for what came up on October 14th.