News and Schedule

Piper’s Orchard  —   the oldest orchard in Seattle

2018 News

June 9th Early Summer Work Party – From 10:00AM to 2:00PM we’ll be thinning and bagging the new apples and putting netting over some of the trees. Come for some or all of the time, help out, and enjoy the summer weather!

 

August 4 Summer Pruning Work Party – We will be pruning trees, and can also use assistance with orchard clean up and bringing pruned branches down to the trail. The work party will run from 10:00AM to 2:00PM.

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Pruner Tracey

Piper’s Orchard Festival of Fruit – September 15 – We will be holding our 12th annual Festival of Fruit on Saturday, September 15th 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.

The Heaven & Earth outdoor art exhibition, which will be in Carkeek Park for the 10th year, will also offer the opportunity to meet exhibit artists and tour the installations located throughout the park. At historic Piper’s Orchard, you can learn about orchard history, taste apple varieties, learn about mason bees.

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

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

November 3 New tree planting – We will be replacing some trees that have already been removed, with plastic sheeting that was put in place for soil solarization and sterilization to hopefully avoid apple replant disease, and some other trees that appear to have anthracnose. More details to follow.

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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 if you have an orchard photo you’d like to have included. Check them out at this link. 

For information and pictures about the 2017 Festival of Fruit, click here.

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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