Every year, the UBC Botanical Garden hosts a family-friendly, two-day celebration of Malus domestica and its biodiversity. Last weekend’s Apple Festival was an enormous success, and many of the unique varieties of apples sold out on the first day! Steve Whysall has written an article in the Vancouver Sun describing why the event is so popular. We also think it’s pretty awesome that the organizers offered bike valet service to encourage visitors to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. Congrats to the Botanical Gardens for hosting such a wonderful event!
We were pleased to be invited to host a booth at Apple Fest again this year, and the UBC Farm table had some great volunteer assistance from Land and Food Systems Community Service-Learning students as well as Friends of the UBC Farm. To complement the festivities taking place at the UBC Botanical Garden, we hosted tours of the UBC Farm Heritage Apple Orchard throughout the day. Started in 2005, our orchard was designed, grafted and planted as part of of a student Directed Study. It includes 75 apple varieties and 120 trees, and 2010 was our second year of significant harvest. Here are a few photos from the Festival!