Hello VPA Rare & Exotic Fruitees!
You are invited to this AZRFG September Meeting special event:
AZRFG September Meeting:
Welcomes Tom Spellman (Dave Wilson Nursery)
Friday, Sept 4th at 7:00pm, at Mesa Comm College:
This month, the Arizona Rare Fruit Growers welcomes our special guest, Tom Spellman, the SW Regional Sales Manager for Dave Wilson Nursery and “Director of Infotainment” on the DWN FruitTube video channel.
Dave Wilson Nursery is the world’s largest propagator of interspecific hybrids, and major supplier of deciduous fruit trees -- over 9 million last year! Working with Zaiger Genetics and their plant breeding team, DWN has brought us the delicious pluots, apriums, the nectaplum and pluerry -- fruits combining the most desired characteristics including: fruits with longer hang time (they can stay fresh on the trees), fruits that store longer, fruits that endure transit better, plants that flower at different times and fruit that fully develops and comes to market at later times, and, of course, superior taste!
Tom will cover a little background on the history of breeding interspecific plants as a whole before jumping into the new varieties that were the product of such hybridization and what might be coming down the pipeline to look forward to!
After the presentation, there will be about 30 minutes open for Q&A with Tom!
We'll wrap up the meeting with refreshments, fruit tasting and mingling 'til about 9:30.
REFRESHMENTS: For this meeting, w e ask members with last names beginning with A-M to bring either fresh fruit or vegetables to share at the taste testing table or a dish for the refreshment table.
DATE, TIME, LOCATION: An important note, especially for our members who are on autopilot with our meeting schedule AND location-- Please take note that this meeting is a change from our regular meetings in all aspects. This meeting will start at 7:00pm on Friday night, September 4th, and it will be hosted at the Mesa Community College campus at Southern Avenue & Dobson Rd.
A campus map can be downloaded here. The Library is outlined in RED on the map, and the suggested closest parking area is also indicated in RED, and can be accessed off of Dobson Road. From the parking area, a RED dotted line follows a pathway that leads directly to the rear of the Library building (west facing) that you can enter to get directly into our Library LB145 Meeting Room.
RSVP? Due to the great interest in this event, we are asking that you help us plan for sufficient and comfortable seating by clicking on the RSVP Now! button below.
We'd like to thank our host, Mesa Community College, for providing us this large meeting room for the night.
We hope to see you Friday night for this special event!
For your calendars, our upcoming meetings and events are scheduled below:
Sept 4th, Friday, 7:00pm - Monthly meeting: New Hybrid and Inter-specific Varieties from Dave Wilson Nursery, with Tom Spellman (Location: Mesa Community College, Library LB145 Room)
Oct 8th, Thursday, 7:30pm - Monthly meeting: Healthy Soils, with Jason Tibbetts (Location: Maricopa County Cooperative Extension, Palo Verde Room)
Oct 17th, Saturday, 8:00am-1:00pm - AZRFG Fall Plant Sale & Classes (Location: Maricopa County Cooperative Extension, Parking Lot & Palo Verde Room)
Nov 12th, Thursday, 7:00pm - Monthly meeting: Avocados, with Stanley Chiomperlik (Location: Mesa Community College, Navajo Room)
December (date TBD), Saturday, Noon-3:00pm - Annual Members-Only Holiday Potluck & Yard Tour (AZRFG member's yard TBA)
MEETING VENUES listed:
Mesa Community College Main Campus
1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202
Maricopa County Cooperative Extension
4341 E Broadway Rd, Phoenix AZ 85040
Palo Verde Room (entrance from rear parking areas - south area of property)