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The author in front of a whimsical “WELCOME” espalier, of Honeycrisp apple trees, at the Fruit Garden. Photographs by Scott Terrell, except as noted

The mission of the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation is to advance fruit horticultural programs for our unique Western Washington maritime climate through advocacy, research, education, and demonstration for the benefit of the general public and the small farmer.

Set near the Puget Sound in northern Washington, the Fruit Garden was created by the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation (WWFRF) at Washington State University’s Mount Vernon Research Center. The garden is intended to serve visiting fruit enthusiasts who want to be “Growing Great Fruit!” (as conveyed in the WWFRF’s logo). Designed in 1997, the Fruit Garden has a formal layout featuring broad allées with long view corridors ending in large walnut trees as focal points. Broad pathways permit both large equipment and crowds to circulate freely throughout the garden. Narrow secondary paths allow for a slower and more intimate interaction with the various edibles.

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