Seminar & Annual General Meeting

Fruit Trees for Beginners  

Speaker: Sarah van der Stam
Date: January 21, 2020
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Kitchener Public Library
85 Queen St N
Kitchener ON  N2H 2H1
Room: D/E (Lower level)

This introductory lecture is ideal for beginners interested in where to get started with growing your own fruit trees (and shrubs) in your yards. Fruit trees not only provide us with food but with all of their flowers they also benefit our pollinator friends. Topics covered include: late winter & early spring maintenance, choosing your tree and where to plant it, pruning to encourage fruit, and ways to prevent and address common problems, such as pests and diseases.

This demonstration is for those wanting to grow fruit trees and don’t know where to start in the endless sea of information.


As a Kitchener Master Gardener, Sarah van der Stam is passionate about volunteering and educating the community while putting her creative skills to good use. Her efforts are inclusive of many abilities, lifestyle choices and environmental impact.SarahV.png

Sarah’s brings more than 10 years of work experience in horticulture. The majority of her knowledge and experience was self-taught prior to 2017 when she had made the decision to return to school to study Horticulture. Sarah is currently studying “Sustainable Urban Horticulture with focus on Naturalizing and Restoring Landscapes and Arboriculture,” at the University of Guelph.

Currently, Sarah and her family are renovating & transforming their 1910 house in Cambridge into a sustainable home and garden while creating the right habitat to invite some nature into her garden. She uses a combination of plants that provide fresh food such as herbs, vegetables, many different fruit trees and shrubs, edible flowers, native plants and a few just because she loves them. This year they are adding a naturalized playground with gardens for the kids while preparing for 2020 water harvesting and rain garden projects.



These programs are a joint initiative of the Kitchener Horticultural Society and the Kitchener Public Library.
There is no charge for admission but your generous support is appreciated.