- Author: Carol Fall
This information comes to us from Rico Montenegro, Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. If you haven't had the chance to join Rico for this informative, annual event, it's a great opportunity to learn how to restore heirloom fruit trees and volunteer at the National Park.
Whiskeytown Restoration Workshop and Heritage Apple Pruning Day
Feb. 1, Saturday
We'll meet at the Camden House at Whiskeytown National Park. For those who would like to attend the 1 hour Restoration Workshop, which will cover restoration techniques for both fruit and ornamental trees, please RSVPme by this Friday via email and arrive just before 10 AM to the Camden House. Those who will not be able to attend the workshop, but would like assist with the hands on restoration of the old apple trees, then arrive by 11 AM to assist.
For those who have not participated before, take a look at the following two sites for a preview, one is the web site for the foundation I am affiliated with, which the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, www.ftpf.org , where you can view a You Tube site, called Grains of Change; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoCOVOHx78k and see the orchard and many other projects I have been involved with over the last year and a half. The other site is an article written by Jennifer Jewell a garden writer and radio garden host on our local PBS station. See; http://jewellgarden.com/blog/2010/01/15/pruning-for-long-life-rico-montenegro-and-the-historic-camden-house-orchards-whiskeytown/
To reach the Camden House, take Hwy 299 going west out of Redding. Drive about 4 to 5 miles past Whiskeytown Lake. Parking will be at the public parking lot on the left just before reaching the Camden House which is across from the turn off to French Gulch. There is no charge for parking passes to the National Park if you park in this lot on this day. Follow the trail from the parking lot across the bridge to the meeting site at the Camden House, which you will see in the distance.
-clippers (by-pass) preferred
-small hand saw
-small spray bottle w/ 10% bleach & water
You can stay up to 2 hours or more if you'd like
As an added bonus, I will sharpen your clippers and loppers if you'd like.
Rain date will be the following Saturday, February 11th at 10 AM.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.