News and Schedule

NEWS

We’re celebrating Earth Day Saturday, April 26th in Carkeek Park. There will be many activities at the park and a Piper’s Orchard information table at the Environmental Learning Center from 10AM to 2PM and you’re welcome to visit Piper’s Orchard between 1PM and 2PM.

On June 7th we’ll be having our first work party of the year from noon – 3:30PM in conjunction with Seattle Works. Click here for more information.

Our 8th annual Festival of Fruit is scheduled for September 14th. Please send an email to pipersorchard@gmail.com if you’re available to help organize or support the festival. We’d really appreciate your assistance.

Below is listed some of the things we did in 2013:

The apple wassailing on January 12th was a lot of fun. We had about 150 visitors and Morris dancers. In chilly but sunny weather, we enjoyed hot mulled cider, hot chocolate, treats, as well as dancing, merriment and tree toasting! Check out some pictures in the post. We also had some great photos posted at Urban Farm Hub.

On January 26th the Friends of Piper’s Orchard Steering Committee held a planning retreat to discuss our plans and priorities for Piper’s Orchard. The top priority is an orchard management plan, and several other priorities were also identified. We’re seriously looking for individuals willing to participate in the Friends of Piper’s Orchard steering committee meetings and/or get more involved in various projects. We’d greatly appreciate your participation and ideas. If you’re interested, please send an email to pipersorchard@gmail.com. We’re on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/index.php?#!/pages/Friends-of-Pipers-Orchard/137312281786. Like us and post a picture of yourself in the orchard.

The first work party of the year was February 9th, when we conducted some winter pruning, mulching, and clearance of Oregon Grape. You can view more about the day here.

May 18th, the Bees and Blossoms event combined guild planting, pollination education, picnicking and music.

On June 8th, we put a variety of barriers (mostly foot sox, but also plastic bags and paper bags) around baby apples to fight pests, while enjoying live music.

On Sept.  14th  we had a successful Festival of Fruit.   See link to the side or link below to see what was planned…..that is what we did.

http://pipersorchard.org/category/festival-of-fruit/

DIRECTIONS

Piper’s Orchard in Carkeek Park, Seattle, WA, a historic fruit orchard, may be reached from Carkeek Park’s lower meadow parking lot ( Seattle Park’s directions to Carkeek here ), by walking up along Piper’s Creek.  There’s also a new trail leading down from the park entrance (near the Environmental Learning Center).  An alternative way to reach the orchard is by following the ravine from the park’s small southerly McAbee entrance.  The McAbee parking lot and trailhead are behind the QFC from Holman Road, off of NW 100th Pl. at 6th Ave. NW.

TO-DOs:

Play “spot the orchard” with this google map flagging the McAbee Entrance: open the link then zoom in and follow from the small parking lot down into the ravine and around by Piper’s Creek to spy the fruit and nut trees laid out in a grid.

For  more information about Piper’s orchard and activities directly related to us,  you can email us at pipersorchard@gmail.com.

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