News and Schedule

Piper’s Orchard  —   the oldest orchard in Seattle

2017 News

June 17 work party – On June 17th, we’ll be putting foot socks on our developing apples, as well as tenting a couple of trees, replacing tree tags, and light weeding and mulching. Current weather forecast calls for perfect work party weather. So come on out between 10AM and 2PM, help the orchard, bring snacks to share if you like, and enjoy the company of like-minded folks, including a returning volunteer group from Wells Fargo.

On February 4th, we hosted Sound and Fury Morris and Sword in the orchard for apple wassailing at 11:30AM. It was a damp day, but we enjoyed their singing and dancing, and learned some traditional wassailing songs. We also did some winter pruning.

New feature – Periodic postings of pictures from walks by and around the orchard. Feel free to send photos to pipersorchard@gmail.com if you have an orchard photo you’d like to have included. Check them out at this link. 

For information and pictures about earlier 2016 work parties, click here.

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2016 News

On September 24th, we hosted the 10th annual Festival of Fruit, with cider pressing and tasting, an apple pie contest, pie and cider sales, apple variety tasting, apple identification, live music, kids crafts, an orchard tour, and a Master Gardeners clinic. Visitors and volunteers all had a good time on a beautiful fall morning. For more information and pictures, follow this link.

The weather in Seattle provided a bountiful year for the apples and pears in our orchard.

The future holds promise for us to capture seasonal pictures of the orchard as well. So you can see what the trees look like as the seasons change.

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 Nancy Malmgren Environmental Center). An alternative way to reach the orchard is by following the ravine from the park’s 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. You can get there by taking the Metro 28, 40 or D Line.

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.