It was left at our October 13th meeting (Edgar Valdivia on Cherimoyas and Figs). Please let me know if it’s yours.
Because many of you have asked about the attractive permanent name badges some of our members wear, we are going to have a sign-up for them at the October 13th meeting.
To order a badge give a check or cash for $15 to our treasurer Andreé at the time of the order, i.e., before the order is placed. The West LA CRFG name badge has the distinctive CRFG logo and two lines of engraved black text (see badges worn by Sofia Ames and Jane Beer). The badge is roughly 2″ x 3″ and has a magnetic clasp, although you may request a pin clip if you prefer.
Cribbed from the excellent newsletter Margaret Frane writes and sends to our members:
“Edgar is well known in the CRFG throughout California for developing great tasting (and beautiful) dragon fruit (pitahaya) varieties. You can purchase his dragon fruit varieties, such as Tricia and Edgar’s Baby, in many specialty nurseries. Edgar grows well over 100 other fruit such as at least 20 varieties of cherimoya, lucuma, mulberry, and figs. You can see a small smaple of them on the CRFG, Inc., “Let’s Find Out” series #12: https://www.crfg.org/piwigo/picture.php?/4733/category/53.
To hear other examples of Edgar speaking, listen and watch him on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZtoyxK-Fqs
Edgar Valdivia is one of the great fruit growers and researchers in the Southland with a specific interest in developing new varieties of fruit. Seven years ago he counted 112 different types of fruit in his orchard and he has surely developed even more by now. It is the casual way he imparts a lifetime of fruit growing wisdom, however, that makes him a living legend and a cherished speaker. We are extremely lucky to have snared him for our October 13th meeting. He will be talking to us about cherimoyas and figs. Do not miss him!!
From Bruce Blavin, our old Chair: “Our chapter is extraordinarily lucky to be getting this opportunity to tour a truly inspirational home garden. The owner has been growing fruit for more then 30 years and has literally hundreds of successful grafts. He continues to graft and cultivate some of the rarest varieties of fruit trees from around the world. The citrus collection is truly amazing and there is also a wide variety of Cherimoya, and even a rollinia tree. He has researched irrigation systems and has also planted a unique ground cover, which is drought tolerant.
His gardening passions extend beyond rare fruit trees and he has put together a world-class collection of Cycads, which he recently added to from a number of private collectors. There are also chickens, peacocks and other fowl on his property. The home is in a unique micro climate not too far from the beach and therefore spared the extreme heat and/or frost problems some of us occasionally face. If you are fortunate enough to make the cut off, be sure to bring a pad and paper. Our host is extremely knowledgeable and excellent at answering complicated questions. I never left him without having learned something new.”
We will be visiting a member’ orchard all the way out on Point Dume. This is a long and physically challenging tour with limited space, so it is absolutely restricted to members only. RSVPs are required and can be made by using the form below. Once your chapter membership is verified, you will receive the exact address.
PLEASE do not RSVP if you only think you might be coming. Our host requires an accurate count. If we receive more RSVPs than he can comfortably handle, the tour will be repeated in March for the overflow.
Note: If you RSVP and then fail to show up, thereby depriving someone else the opportunity, you will not be allowed to come in March.
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So far Charles Portney has 75 plants picked out for the raffle: Sugarcane, blackberry, babaco, paprika, pepino, nopales, loquat, cape gooseberry… and he is not yet done. There will also be a hefty 5-gallon plant started from Stavros Olympios’ Greek fig tree plus I’m sure contributions from other members. Do not miss this!
Denise “Deni” Friese of Custom Landscapes (whose services include eco-friendly design, consultation and installation) will speak to us on August 11th about composting and mulching in the orchard. If you heard her at our last field trip/workshop, you know she is incredibly knowledgeable. This time she will have the floor mostly to herself (though I’m sure our membership will be contributing their voices and experience as well.)
[Deni adds: “I am an Eco-Friendly Landscaper, own business since 1995, I do design, consultation, installation, specialty maintenance and irrigation. Love putting in edible gardens. My specialty is knowing plants and what they need to thrive. I try to help my clients design their own “dream yard”. I have been a Plant-a-holic for many years and have way too many plants. Joined CRFG a few years ago and love it]
Also the renowned Charles Portney will be describing rare fruit trees he has propagated and will be generously donating to the day’s plant raffle. These raffles seem to be shaping up as only semiannual events so don’t miss this one! The next one probably won’t be until our Holiday Party in December.
On the same note, if you have plants of your own to donate, this is the time. And if you happen to have any treepots (the tall skinny pots used for rooting plants with long taproots, they come between 8” and 14” deep) Charles desperately needs them to continue his generous work. They look like this.
And per usual, snacks to share will always be welcome. Now that Jane has donated a lovely glass beverage holder, we will be having something to drink at most meetings, so either homegrown fruit or hand-held crunchy things will be appreciated by one and all.