You are invited to Plant-a-Fruit-Tree-Day!

Celebrate National Tree Day with us, buy a fruit tree of your own, and drop in on a great workshop.

Free to attend, everyone welcome!


Planting the Fernwood Community Orchard

Fernwood Community Orchard

We will be planting one of two pilot community orchards in the City of Victoria. If you are interested in volunteering to plant, please email to sign up.


Fruit Tree Vendors – 10:00am to 4:00pm

Wild Edge Garden Farm – Fruit and nut trees

Salt Spring Apple Company – Heritage apple varieties

Marigold Nursery – Fruit Trees

GardenWorks – Fruit Trees – a portion of tree sales will be donated to Fernwood NRG & Compost Education Centre


Mini Drop-in Workshops – 11:00am to 4:00pm

11:00amFruit Tree Basics by Ryan Senechal, Arborist – Senechal Specimen Tree & Orchard Care
What can you expect from planting a fruit tree?  We cover the essentials to better prepare you for the first 5 years and beyond, from planting and early structuring to maintenance and techniques to deliver large, quality fruit.

1:00pmFruit Tree Culture by Ryan Senechal, Arborist – Senechal Specimen Tree & Orchard Care

An introduction to advanced fruit tree care in which we discuss common pest and diseases to the PNW and organic approaches to management, soil management, installation and maintenance of trellis/cordon/espalier, wire and weight training, propping and companion planting.

2:00pmTurning Your Lawn Into a Superfood Orchard by Tayler Krawczyk, Permaculture Expert – Hatchet & Seed Contracting

This presentation will focus on real-life case studies in Greater Victoria; from lawn to orchard conversions to edible rain gardens.  We’ll look at photos of the transformations and the design concepts that took these projects to completion and explore how you might do it yourself!


Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre – Composting and organic gardening education

Hutchings Bee Services – Mason Bee information

Tasty food from DeadBeatz Food Truck

Live music by The Barefoot Bandits, a folk duo out of Sooke