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Container Growing Espalier Fruit Trees Workshop

UBC Botanical Garden

Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Container Growing Espalier Fruit Trees Workshop

Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price * Fee Quantity
Garden members, UBC students & UNA
Must show a valid ID Card
Ended CA$22.00 CA$1.92
Public Ended CA$25.00 CA$2.11
* Prices include GST

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Event Details

Date and Time: Saturday April 23, 2016.  10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Instructor: Richard Hallman, UBC Botanical Garden Pomologist in Residence
Location: Athletes Village Co-Op (151 West 1st Ave, Vancouver BC)
$22/Garden members & concession*, $25/public 

Prices include GST; does not include Eventbrite fees. Concession = Youth (13-17), UNA Residents, UBC Students, UBC Faculty, UBC Staff, Seniors (65+).

Description: Join fruit tree expert Richard Hallman to learn how to grow tree fruits in containers and to turn those trees into creative espalier designs for your deck or backyard. This workshop will focus on two areas: container grown tree fruits and the training of those trees into espalier forms. Apples, pears, stone fruit, figs and persimmons some small fruit will be included.

Participants will learn about:

  • Selecting trees including rootstocks, varieties and sizes

  • Containers, soils and planting of new trees

  • Replanting existing trees

  • Irrigation and fertilization

  • Pest and disease control

  • Winter protection of your trees

  • The many espalier forms and the best ones for an espalier beginner
  • How to prune your new or existing tree to create an espalier


Important Notes: You will be outside for brief periods of time, so please dress appropriately. 

Instructor: Richard Hallman is the UBC Botanical Garden Pomologist in Residence. He grew up on a small commercial orchard in the Okanagan Valley where his fascination with horticulture and fruit trees began. He has a Plant Science degree from UBC and worked with the BC Ministry of Agriculture as an Extension Horticulturist until he retired in 2010. Since retiring, he has been developing a business focused on teaching home gardeners, institutions and small land owners about tree fruit culture, espalier tree training, bonsai, grafting and organic pest and disease control. Most of his work is one-on-one consulting and training of home gardeners. He is a Registered professional Horticulturalist and a Certified Arborist.


Athletes Village Co-op - 151 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0A5  (in the Olympic Village at West 1st and Columbia Street). Nearest Skytrain stations:  Olympic Village (Canada Line) and Main Street-Science World (Expo and Millennium Lines). There is some pay parking in and around the Olympic Village, and some street parking can usually be found on side streets on the south side of West 2nd Avenue.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: UBC Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel any workshop. In the event that a course is cancelled, UBC Botanical Garden will offer the option of transferring to another course, or obtaining a full refund.  All cancellations must be made at least 5 working days before the start of the course by contacting A $15 processing fee is charged for cancellations. There is no fee for transferring the registration to another person. 

Have questions about Container Growing Espalier Fruit Trees Workshop? Contact UBC Botanical Garden

When & Where

Athletes Village Co-op
151 West 1st Ave,
Vancouver, BC V5Y0A5

Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

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UBC Botanical Garden

Canada's oldest university botanic garden, UBC Botanical Garden was established in 1916 under the directorship of John Davidson, British Columbia's first provincial botanist. The original mission of the Garden was research into the native flora of British Columbia.

Over the past century, the mission of UBC Botanical Garden has broadened to include research, conservation, teaching and public display of temperate plants from around the world, particularly Asian, alpine and native plants.

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