Video of Grafting Demos now available

I have never seen such enthusiasm for our Grafting Demos and the Experts who performed them!  Many of you want to watch them over and over again.  If you let me know you would like the video, I will “share” it with you from our Google Drive.  Because of chapter privacy policies, this is for members only.  Thanks.

Scion Wood is now all gone

As discussed at our grafting demo meeting Saturday morning, we received a ton of wonderful scion wood from Kathy Connell of Orange  County who also brought up wood from the North San Diego Chapter’s exchange.

The Scion Exchange is now over, however, and all wood has been distributed. Unless you specifically and privately organized an Exchange with another member, we are now done until at least tropical fruit grafting season.

Our annual grafting demos 2-13-21; on Zoom this year for closer viewing!

You’ve seen them and admired them at our Culver City events  Now learn grafting from them  in the comfort of your own home.

Experts Bruce Blavin,  Khaled Hassan and Glen Woodmansee will be showing us their dazzling knife work, beginning at 10 a.m.  Each in turn will be doing a demo of his  favorite grafts, with plenty of time to ask questions.  You will receive your Zoom links in your newsletter this week.

And check out Fang’s Amazing Scion Exchange app to lay in plenty of supplies for the event.  New scion wood keeps getting added so if you haven’t found what you wanted yet, try again.

 

January 9th @ 10 a.m. : Tom Spellman on pruning deciduous fruit trees!

What a way to start off the year with a bang!  The irrepressible, irreplaceable and enormously  experienced Tom Spellman of Dave Wilson Nursery will be answering your questions about how to handle this winter’s pruning chores.  First, we will be showing a couple of his videos so you can see exactly how he handles both the pruning of young trees and those of more advanced years (like yours truly).  Then he will be taking the mic to help you resolve your specific issues.

If you have a  particularly unusual problem, take a photo of it and put it on your computer or phone so you can “share” it with us at the appropriate time.

All members will be receiving Zoom links in your newsletter ASAP

RIP Plant Sale

The West LA Chapter plant sale is now over.  It was a success beyond our wildest dreams.  Many thanks to our propagators as well as to our buyers who picked up from all over the state.  We are already growing new plants for next year.

In the meantime, why not join the chapter for early notification of all sales? Plus you will get to participate in our wonderful and informative Zoom lectures and field trips.  Click on Membership up in the Main Menu.  We hope to see you soon.

Our first virtual field trip July11 @ 10 am

After two highly successful Zoom meetings — with Dr. Matt Daughtery on Invasive Insects and Jorge Ochoa on Botanical Blunders –, the chapter is going to attempt a video tour of a member’s garden.  If you are a chapter member, you should have received a newsletter with the Zoom links.  If not, please let us know.

Our host moved into his house in Cheviot Hills in early 2011. After removing several overgrown trees on the property, he started his collection with a few citrus and stone fruit trees. Growing fruit trees for the first time, he found that there was a lot to learn and over time it became a serious part of his life.   For nine years now, he has been adding trees and learning more about the best practices for fruit tree gardening.  Many of his trees are grafted or started from rooted cuttings. The garden is watered with drip irrigation.

Our host is a member of both the West LA and the LA chapters.  Holding degrees in economics, business, finance, and IT, he began gardening as an amateur, like most of us.  Another of his hobbies is as a volunteer scuba instructor for LA County Department of Parks and Recreation.

ZOOM MEETING with Jorge Ochoa: Saturday June 13, 2020 @ 10 am

 Topic: Botanical Blunders

Plants have a reputation for being misrepresented in advertisement, movies, and media.  Come and learn the truth behind the many errors that people make about plants, fruits, and veggies!

Jorge has academic credentials from both Cal Poly Pomona and Long Beach City College.  He is currently the Horticulture Department Chair of Long Beach City College and a frequent guest lecturer throughout Southern California. Jorge is that rare instructor – one with the uncanny ability to make any subject interesting and easily understood.

Jorge last spoke to us about passionfruit, one of his favorite topics.  Many of you probably have a vine from his cuttings.

If you are a chapter member, you will receive an email reminder  about  the meeting on June 12.        In that reminder, you will receive a duplicate of the Zoom invitation that went out with your newsletter.

If you are not yet a member but are interested in attending, please let us know and we will give you the login info.