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March 2015 Chapter Meeting

WHEN: Saturday, March 14, 2015

Plants I’ve Killed in El Cerrito: My Experience with Temperate and Subtropical Fruit


Tom Addison


Gopher Gulch Garden
877 North Rancho Road
El Sobrante, CA


Noon to 3:00 PM (Pot Luck Noon till 1:00 PM)


"Many things I've tried to grow over the years in my warm winter/cool summer climate have succumbed to my brown thumb. Plenty of others frequently fail to fruit in the fog, or produce fruit inferior to that grown in warmer regions. On the other hand, some species are remarkably well adapted here, and have thrived under my regime of 'lazy cultivation'. I will share mistakes made and lessons learned with a wide range of fruits, including cultivars best suited to my microclimate. We will talk about cherimoyas, stone fruit, passion fruit, mulberries, white sapotes, pome fruit, citrus, and many other fruits, from the common to the exotic."

There will be time after Tom’s talk for a brief discussion of these same fruits in hotter climates. Bring your experiences to share.

There will be an optional tour at Lila Skye’s beforehand, please see the newsletter for details and directions.

This event is free and open to the public.
Newcomers are always welcome -- Do bring a friend!


Directions to the Mar. 14th Meeting at Gopher Gulch Garden:

1. From Highway 80 in either direction: exit at Appian Way. Continue to right if from Berkeley direction, going on to Appian. If from the Sacramento direction, turn left, crossing the freeway, and continue on
Appian Way. You know you are at the right place if you see the large Pinole Vista Shopping Center.
2. Travel along Appian Way (away from the Bay direction, towards the hills) about one mile.
3. Turn left onto Rancho Road and travel about one half a mile.
4. Turn left on to North Rancho Road just past a large white house.
5. 877 North Rancho Road is the 4th house on the left side-- yellow two-story house with a large balcony all around.

If coming from Orinda:
1. Travel on San Pablo dam Road for about 9 miles and turn right on Appian Way.
2. Go about 2 miles then turn right on Rancho Road.
3. Follow directions from # 3 above.

If you cannot walk far, you can park in the driveway

You do not need to be a CRFG member to attend although of course we hope you'll join.

FOR MORE INFO: Call (510) 672-0220
or e-mail Karen Andersen

Questions or comments? Send email to the Golden Gate Chapter.

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