Growing fruit trees in a city is significantly different from growing them in a rural area. Join us on Wednesday, October 16, 6:00 p.m. at the Sunset Library for Fruit Trees in the Low Desert and learn how to avoid common mistakes when planting in our urban desert region. Learn when and how to plant, as well as how to manage your trees through irrigation and fertilization so they survive their first summer.
Our presenter, Steve Sheard, was born in Zimbabwe to British Parents, and while living in England he and his wife kept 20 rose bushes in the front garden. After moving to Tempe in 1980 and planting 20 rose bushes – only to have 18 of them die – the engineer in Sheard decided failure was not acceptable, and he set out to learn more about growing roses in the desert. He and his wife now have 150 rose bushes, and he has moved on to fruit trees. Today he has about 35 trees from papaya, guava and bananas to apples, oranges and pomegranates.
Can’t make the October session? It will be offered again on December 14 at our Downtown Chandler Library. Are you interested in roses? Sheard will also offer his Roses in Arizona program at the Downtown location on November 2.