News and Schedule

Piper’s Orchard  —   the oldest orchard in Seattle

2017 News

Piper’s Orchard Festival of Fruit – September 16 – We will be holding our 11th annual Festival of Fruit on Saturday, September 16th in Carkeek Park at the Education Center and in Piper’s Orchard. If you’d be interested in volunteering, please send an email to pipersorchard@gmail.com. The festival will run from 10:00AM to 2:00PM.

This year we’re again holding the ever-popular apple pie contest – bring a pie between 10:00 and 10:30 for judging. We also welcome pies and other baked fruit treats as donations to Tillie’s Café. Contest pies, other baked goodies, and warm and cold hand pressed apple cider will be for sale at Tillie’s. Proceeds go to fund orchard maintenance.

Blue Star Creeper will be providing musical entertainment.

At the Education Center, the Master Gardeners will also be there, offering their expertise and kids activities. You can also tour the Wildlife Habitat Gardens.

Kids and grown-ups will have an opportunity to press apples into cider, and bring apples from your own garden or orchard to have identified.

At historic Piper’s Orchard, you can learn about orchard history, taste apple varieties, learn about mason bees, and explore the Orchard Oculus art pieces hanging from trees in the orchard.

For more information about the festival, you can email pipersorchard@gmail.com.

August 12 work party – On August 12th, we’ll be doing summer pruning. Don Ricks and Adam Wargacki will be heading up the work party. We welcome you whether you’re an experienced pruner, eager to learn some pruning techniques, or want to help cutting up the branches and bringing them down to the trail for later pickup. The work party will run from 10:00AM – 2:00PM.

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June 17 work party – On June 17th, we put foot socks on our developing apples, as well as tenting a couple of trees, replacing tree tags, and light weeding and mulching. Thanks to our hardy volunteers who showed up to help out. On other dates we’ve also been placing trichogramma wasps in apple cups to fight the coddling moth pests. The orchard doesn’t have the amazing bounty we experienced last year, but the apples are growing well, loving the sunshine and warm weather.

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.

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