Apple Event, October 31 to November 4

The Group’s annual Apple Event will take place this year from Wednesday October 31 to Sunday November 4 in the Lodge and Greenhouse at Harlow Carr Garden in Harrogate. 

Dozens of varieties of apples will be on display, and experts will be available to identify any mystery specimens you care to bring along. 

Setting up will take place on Monday and Tuesday October 29-30. Volunteers are needed both to help with setting up, and to ‘police’ the event as it takes place. You do not need to be an expert! This could be a great learning opportunity, as well as supporting a fruit group event. If you would like to help, please contact Margaret Drury (details in the Newsletter).

Admission to the event is free, as is admission to the Garden if you can prove you belong to the NFG by producing your membership card or wearing our shirt.

For an introduction to the science – or should that be art? – of apple identification, see Anne Lee’s article in our October Newsletter.

October Newsletter

Oops, the October Newsletter hit a bit of a glitch, and will be a few days late, but it should be arriving in members’ mail boxes soon.

Not surprisingly at this time of the year, there’s lots of information about apples and orchards, and what to do with your surplus fruit. Anne Lee explains some of the mysteries of apple identification, James Ellson plans to name a new apple after his long-suffering wife, and there’s more information on how to breed a new cultivar. Plums also get a look-in, with Chris Simmonds following her bizarre method of dealing with pear midge (July Newsletter) with an equally curious remedy for the wretched plum moth. We take a look at two exciting compost items, tea bags and snake eggs, and at the introduction of exotic tropical fruits in the eighteenth century.

So there’s plenty there to amuse and inform as the nights draw in and you can relax a little.

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Summer Newsletter

Our summer newsletter is now available and in it you will find loads of information on growing and using fruit, as well as some new ideas to try. Peacotums anyone?

We have lots on new plants in general and new hybrids in particular, and on things to do in your greenhouse, with or without the approval of your partner.  The Fruit Novice takes a holiday, Anne Lee spans two decades at Hunt House and Parcevall Hall, John Stewart is concocting alcoholic drink and Chris Simmonds threatens to try a new and exciting method of massacring pear midge.

Plus all the usual information about events and shows.  In particular, see the item about our summer visit to Ripon Walled Garden, and think about joining this interesting day out with like-minded folk.

Not a member? Just think what you are missing and join now!