Pruning Parties & Insect Classes



*FREE Master Gardener Pruning Class
Thursday, January 24
7pm – 9pm

United Church, 3912 Grandview Drive West, University Place

*2019 Pruning Parties – Trained volunteers and Master Gardeners are available to assist people at pruning parties held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following Saturdays at the orchard:

  • January 26 
  • February 9 & 23
  • March 9 & 23
  • April 6 & 27

People are welcome to prune at their convenience AFTER receiving appropriate instructions. Recommended pruning tools include work gloves, hand pruners, loppers and hand saws. Some tools available on site. Please carry all trimmings to the dumpsters.

Informational signage regarding proper pruning techniques and tools are also located near the Curran Barn as well as by the Espalier Fence off the Grandview Drive entrance into the park.

Click here to download the Volunteer Liability Form

*Insect Class at the Orchard Barn
Saturday, May 4, 2019
9am – 10 am

Learn how to deal with the dreaded apple maggot and other pesky insects at a FREE class taught by Master Gardener and Western Cascade Fruit Society member Bill Horn. The class is scheduled from 9am – 10am in the orchard barn, located at 3920 Grandview Drive West in University Place.

Class participants will receive a free “sticky” apple to take home for their own apple trees. Please pre-register at

Hanging the “sticky apple” insect traps throughout the orchard follows the class from 10am to noon. Be sure to wear old clothes and bring gloves.

Thinning Party
Saturday, June 1

10 am  – noon

For more information, email:

*Tree Care – Visit the Tree Maintenance page to read about proper pruning techniques and tools. You can also visit the WSU Master Gardener site.