8/18 open day & plant sale, lee reich’s fruit espalier talk


AS PART OF Garden Conservancy Open Day at Margaret Roach’s Copake Falls, NY, garden–including a plant sale by Broken Arrow Nursery–guest expert and garden writer Lee Reich will be doing a morning lecture on fruit espaliers.

Signed copies of Lee’s latest book, “The Ever Curious Gardener,” will be for sale at both events.

The talk is a ticketed event and space is limited. The morning espalier talk will take place within a few minutes’ walk of Margaret’s garden, at The Church of St. John in the Wilderness in “downtown” Copake Falls.

10 am-4 pm: open garden and plant sale

Directions at this link. Want something in particular from Broken Arrow? They can bring along custom pre-orders just for you; browse their website or call 203-288-1026 for assistance.

11 am-12:15 pm: lecture on the science, art, fun and tasty fruit of espalier, with lee reich

Espalier is the training of a tree to an orderly, often two-dimensional form; the tracery of the branches themselves adds to the decorative value of the plant. The tree might be free-standing, decorating a wall or fence, or even creating the fence itself! Applied to fruit trees, espalier results in high yields of high quality fruit. This presentation will touch on the theory and the practice behind the pruning and orienting of branches to create an espalier, which fruit plants work best, and the branch pruning and orienting techniques that create and maintain espaliers that look good and yield especially delectable fruit.

This lecture will take place at Church of St. John in the Wilderness, on Route 344 in Copake Falls, just down the road from Margaret’s garden.

about lee

For more on Lee: Read some of Margaret and Lee’s past interviews at this link.)

The hamlet of Copake Falls, NY, celebrates Copake Falls Day that day, and all the other events, from a 5K morning cross-country race to late-afternoon jazz vespers in a historic church, are listed here.

  1. holly says:

    Thank you for sharing all of this incredible knowledge. Have been reading for several years now. Have an odd, non-gardening question…what color is the exterior of your house?

  2. Kassie says:

    I too have a drip system that I sort of, barely, understand how to use. I can’t attend the workshop, but one question I’ve always had is why water every day with drip rather than giving a once a week soaking as is advised normally? Doesn’t this encourage roots to stay near the surface? My system waters every day, as I humbly obey my installer, but I still have this question. Thanks!

  3. Heather King says:

    Hi there Margaret & Lee,
    I live across the country & can’t exactly justify the flight, lodging etc to attend this event. Smiles. Is there any type of a recording or video that I could purchase?
    Thank you,
    H. King

    1. margaret says:

      Hi, Heather. I don’t think there is anyone to do a video of the class, unfortunately, but if you have specific questions I can see if Lee can try to answer them — and I will ask what in his books or on his website or videos he has to offer if anything on this topic. Email to me: awaytogarden [at] gmail [dot] com.

  4. Barb says:

    I would love to attend the drip system workshop as we have one but I am not sure it is designed or works as well as it could. Is there anyway that Lee’s workshop could be videoed for purchase? We are not able to be there for it.



    1. margaret says:

      Hi, Barb. I don’t think there is anyone to do a video of the class, unfortunately, but if you have specific questions I can see if Lee can try to answer them. Email to me: awaytogarden [at] gmail [dot] com.

  5. Linda says:

    A native and the parasitic plant Dodder has show up on my landscape.
    Been working all summer to get rid of it.
    Have yet to read about anyone else that has experienced it and any info is welcomed

    1. margaret says:

      I had it one year, decades back. Never since…if that offers any sense of optimism. I bagged up all the string-like stuff (and any badly infested branches I couldn’t confidently clean off well) and i guess I got it before ti set seed because that was the last I saw of it.

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