News and Schedule

Piper’s Orchard  —   the oldest orchard in Seattle

 

Please Note:   Directions to this orchard are listed a few paragraphs below:

 

Piper’s Orchard Festival of Fruit – September 15 –  The  12th annual Festival of Fruit was held  on Saturday, September 15th in Carkeek Park at the Education Center and in Piper’s Orchard.   Many volunteers graciously gave their time to help continue this tradition where we showcase our orchard.    As is a tradition,  Bruce and Jane Maclean were there to help give passersby a sample of some of the apples from the Piper’s orchard.  (see photo below)

We are also indebted to those who demonstrated the Master Gardens,   the honeybees and mason bees,  provided music,   provided apple identification,   cider-making,  cider,   prize pie entries,   kid’s entertainment,  orchard tours and so much more.

A special treat was to have the descendants of Andrew Piper,  the man who planted tehe orchard ,  to be with us in attendance.

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Bruce and Jane MacLean let visitors taste apple and pear slices from the varieties grown in Piper’s Orchard

November 2 New tree planting –  Please Note:   The Nov. 3rd work party has been canceled.  Instead,  on Friday,   Nov. 2nd a group of volunteers from Amazon will assist in planting some new  trees in the orchard.   We will be replacing some trees that have already been removed.  If you are interested in joining this work party on Friday, please write to DonnieAppleseed@yahoo.com.   Below is a picture of a “solarization”  / sterilization process that was used to prepare the soil for a new tree planting.

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New feature – Periodic postings of pictures from walks by and around the orchard. Feel free to send photos to pipersorchard@gmail.com

For information on earlier work parties, click here.

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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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