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The RHS Fruit Group


For everyone who loves growing fruit.


Plans for 2022, see below...


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 The RHS Fruit Group

 


The RHS Fruit Group consists of a friendly bunch of gardeners with a particular interest in growing fruit,

including apples, pears, cherries, currants, blackberries, raspberries, peaches and strawberries.

The Group meets regularly to exchange ideas and take part in talks and demonstrations from experts and
professionals in the fruit-growing world. It also arranges visits for members to gardens, orchards, fruit farms, nurseries and sites of fruit-growing excellence.

Though based at RHS Garden Wisley, there are regional branches in the South West and the Midlands,
and close links with the Northern Fruit Group.


We are pleased to return to a full programme of meetings and visits in 2022 - Members old and new, all welcome.


Meetings at RHS Garden, Wisley 


Face-to-face meetings to be held in the Tulip Tree Room, at the Terrace. 

Members will know it as the former ‘Wisley Restaurant’. Entrance is through the gardens. 

Tea and coffee will be available from 10.30am before meetings start.


Wednesday 19th January 2022, 11.00am with Karim Habibi, proprietor of Keepers Nursery, the leading specialist fruit tree nursery in Kent. 


Wedesday 30th March 2022, 11.00am AGM, followed by our Keynote Speaker - Liz Copas, internationally renowned cider pomologist.  Also, Matt Pottage, curator of RHS Garden Wisley, will update us on the latest developments at the garden.


                                             

Tuesday 28th June 2022, 11.00am, Jim Arbury, Fruit and Trials Specialist at the RHS – ‘Summer Fruits and Summer Pruning’.  In addition, Peter Laws will give us an update on the FruitID Project.



Tuesday 8th November 2022, 11.00am, Paul Read reports on his investigations into Malus Sylvestris, and we also welcome researcher and author Jon Spain on ‘Fruit Farming in the Cam Valley’.

 


Zoom Webinar September - date and topic to be confirmed.


You will need to pre-register for the Zoom webinars and then a link to the meeting will be sent to you – full details will be available once details have been finalised.   



External visit and events


Tuesday 7th June 2022, to Hatfield House, Hertfordshire for a tour of its orchards.



July/August 2022, date to be confirmed, visit to a commercial vineyard.



Tuesday 20th September 2022, visit to Keepers Nursery, Kent.



Full details with booking forms will be sent to members once finalised.



All dates/activities correct as at 31/12/2021, but may be subject to change.


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 Wednesday 29th January 2022, 11.00am


We are pleased to welcome Karim Habibi, proprietor of Keepers Nursery, the leading specialist fruit tree nursery in Kent.


Keepers Nursery is a family business established in the early 1980's.  Most of its trees are grown at its nursery in Kent.  


It is recognised as one of the best known and respected fruit tree specialists in the UK.  


In addition to his talk, Karim has invited members to visit him at Keepers Nursery in September for a guided tour.

 



 


 




 

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Wednesday 30th March 2022, 11.00am, AGM


Followed by our Keynote Speaker: 

Liz Copas, internationally renowned cider pomologist.  


Liz was formerly the Cider Pomologist at Long Ashton Research Station and has been an Orcharding Advisor for the National Association of Cider Makers for many years.  


As well as a respected horticulturalist and botanist, Liz is also a gifted artist and her botanical illustrations have garnered numerous prizes from the A.P.S and a silver medal from the RHS.  Her book 'Cider Apples: The New Pomona' is one of the most authoritative books on the subject www.lizcopas.com  


Also, Matt Pottage, curator of RHS Garden Wisley, will update us on the latest developments at the garden.

 

 







 

 



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 Tuesday 28th June 2022, 11.00am 


RHS Fruit Specialist, Jim Arbury, will be giving a talk on ‘Summer Fruits and Summer Pruning’.  


Following his talk, Jim will guide us on the practice of summer pruning.


In addition, Peter Laws will give us an update on the FruitID Project.

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday 8th November 2022, 11.00am


RHS Fruit Group member, Paul Read, reports on his investigations into Malus Sylvestris.


We also welcome researcher, author and member of the RHS Fruit Group, Jon Spain who will speak on ‘Fruit Farming in the Cam Valley’.

 

 

 

 





  

Visits 2021

If you are you an RHS member you can join The RHS Fruit Group for an additional £7 each year.


In addition to the four Fruit Group meetings at the RHS Garden, Wisley, and the Zoom meeting, there are three major external visits for members during 2022.  Costs vary for each visit, please contact: events@thefruitgroup.org.uk

for details.


Details of visits correct as of 31/12/2021, but may be subject to change.



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Tuesday 7th June 2022


Hatfield House, Hertfordshire for a tour of its orchards.


As part of the visit we will be shown the walled gardens and kitchen garden as well as experimental fruit plots where seedlings and wayside fruit trees that are being trialled.


The House itself will not be open on that day.


 


 






 

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July/August 2022

Date to be confirmed


For our second external visit of the year, we are negotiating with a commercial vineyard.



 

 

 

 

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Tuesday 20th September 2022


Keepers Nursery, Kent

  

To follow up on his talk at our Wisley meeing in January, Karim Habibi has invited members to visit him at Keepers Nursery for a guided tour.


 






 

 

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