News and Schedule
Piper’s Orchard — the oldest orchard in Seattle
July 23 – “Wild Germination,” the eight annual Heaven & Earth series of temporary, outdoor environmental art projects in Carkeek Park, will open for two months. The opening reception is taking place at the Environmental Learning Center from 5PM – 7PM. More information about “Wild Germination” is available at http://heavenandearth.carkeekpark.org/index.htm.
At Piper’s Orchard, Joseph Anderson will be doing a one day installation of Orchard Oculus: The Life of Apple Trees Through the Opening Eye of Awareness. Everyone is welcome to visit the orchard to see this work between 10AM and 7PM on the 23rd. A couple of the pieces are shown below.
New feature – Periodic postings of pictures from walks by and around the orchard. Feel free to send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an orchard photo you’d like to have included. Check them out at this link.
Come on out to the Friend’s of Piper’s 2016 orchard work parties! Volunteers are provided with tools and direction and not too many demands: we just ask that you help take care of the trees on the following Saturdays, sometime between 10am to 2pm.
August 6 – We’ll conduct summer pruning, harvest some of the ripe apples and clean up the orchard in preparation for the Festival of Fruit.
September 24 – 10th annual Festival of Fruit! Please email us at email@example.com if you have any questions or you’d be interested in helping out in any way.
For information and pictures about earlier 2016 work parties, click here.
News from 2015
Adam Wargacki and Paul Brookshire hosted visitors to Piper’s Orchard during City Fruit’s Orchards and Festival Tour on October 4th. An excellent video was shot by a national project team The Truth about Trees. Here’s a link: https://vimeo.com/143750160.
Piper’s Orchard was featured in a piece on a KUOW broadcast on September 29th. Here’s a link to the broadcast. Perhaps you are visiting this website because of this excellent presentation.
Our 9th annual Festival of Fruit on September 19th was a great success. Click here for the story and pictures.
Finally, in a slightly different vein we also note that Shin Yu Pai had a poetry project in the orchard this summer that may now be seen as an artistic piece captured by video. As well as bringing whispers of orchard sentiments, she has featured many of the apple varieties that can be found in Piper’s Orchard. Click the link and then click any word that you would like to explore for this auditory delight. http://blackcake.org/album/heirloom
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.