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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 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

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.


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.




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2015 Archive

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:

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.

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2012 Rootbound: Heaven and Earth in Piper’s Orchard

The Rootbound: Heaven and Earth sculpture installations opened on June 23rd. There are 3 in the orchard, and they will be on display through the end of October.

The Orchard Room

Fruitless Grafting

A M’s Mended Heart

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January 2012 snow pictures

We got down to the orchard during the snowstorm in mid-January. Here are a couple of pics.

Happy Day for some sledders in the orchard
One of the art pieces from last year may serve as home to some bees this year.

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4/1/2012 posting

Check out the photos from the orchard last Sunday (4/1). Looks as though we’ve got some unusually early, healthy fruit!

Art and fruit combine. This bee house was installed in the orchard last summer as part of the Heaven and Earth exhibition at Carkeek Park. We hope it will attract bees again this summer to help pollinate the fruit trees.
Proper thinning of early fruit can result in healthier, more robust ripe apples when ripe, though it’s pretty unusual to find fruit like this in early April.
A mason bee house is already up in the orchard.
We hope the bat houses (this one near the grapes) will attract residents this year.

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