The Underground Life Of Trees

Saturday, July 25, 2015
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
Hilltop garden and Nature Center
H. Michael Simmons, Advanced Master Gardener

After planting, we tend to think more about the aerial portion of our trees than about the roots, but much of a tree’s life happens underground. Understanding the growth of roots is key to assuring the long-term success of our trees. The class covers assessment of planting sites, soil improvement, root feeding and protection, mycorrhizal fungi, and enhancing and maintaining the soil food web, as well as providing fascinating insights into what goes on in the underground life of trees.

Harvest Fest 2015

Date: 8/1/15,
Rain date 8/2/15
5-8 P.M.
Orchard Site,
2120 S. Highland Ave.

Come and enjoy the summer harvest! The berries will be sweet, the peaches will be juicy, and the Orchard will be bursting with life in the peak of the summer season. Get ready for a day jam-packed with family fun, mark your calendars, and stay tuned for more info!

Work and Learn Days

The summer Work and Learn Day schedule began in June and continues through August. Summer Work and Learn Days will be every Wednesday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. There is no need to register! Just come on by, and we’ll show you what to do. Work and Learn Days are open to people of all ages, abilities, and experience.

June – August: Wed., 5:00-8:00 p.m.
September – November: Sat. 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Please schedule large groups in advance.

Contact:
getinvolved@bloomingtoncommunityorchard.org

Growing Native Fruits: Paw Paws and Persimmons

Saturday, September 26, 2015
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
Hilltop garden and Nature Center
H. Michael Simmons, Advanced Master Gardener

Learn the benefits of growing native fruits in this informative class on the cultivation of paw paws and persimmons in Indiana. This class covers cultivar selection, sourcing of plants, site selection and preparation, pollination requirements, troubleshooting, harvesting, and using the fruit.

https://nativefruits.eventbrite.com

The Cider Orchard

Saturday, October 24, 2015
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
Hilltop garden and Nature Center
H. Michael Simmons, Advanced Master Gardener

Learn how to plan and plant a cider orchard using dwarf trees. Blending a tasty cider requires combining apples with different characteristics that complement each other in the flavor profile. The class covers cultivar selection, sourcing of trees, site selection and preparation, pollination requirements, managing pests and diseases, harvesting, storage, and use of fruit for cider production. Participants will be invited to tour a cider orchard on a date after the class.

https://ciderorchard.eventbrite.com

The Fall Planting of Fruit Trees

Saturday, November 14, 2015
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)
Hilltop garden and Nature Center
H. Michael Simmons, Advanced Master Gardener

Fall is an excellent time to plant pome fruit trees, such as apples and pears. Studies have shown that fall-planted apple and pear trees have an advantage over similar trees planted in the spring. The class covers cultivar selection, site selection and preparation, pollination requirements, planting technique, early care, and first dormant season pruning. The class will include a demonstration planting.

https://fallfruitplanting.eventbrite.com