Central Coast Chapter CRFG

Events Calendar

Our Best CRFG Manners While Visiting Homes, Nurseries, Growers, etc.
1. We never bring pets to meetings/tours and we never even ask if we may!
2. We do our best to use public facilities or our own restroom before the meeting.
3. We do our best not to ask to go inside the hosts’ home.
4. We never pick fruit, flowers, foliage, weeds, seed pods and we never even ask.
5. We do our best to car pool and park with great respect to our host and the neighborhood.
6. We never talk when our host is talking. We do our best to stay up close when given a tour.
7. We never “take over” the tour and tell everyone how we do it at our home!!
8. We have thoughtful questions but try not to ask questions that embarrass our host.
9. We do our best to help our host feel good, feel appreciated. We clean up our mess.
10. We stay on the path, with our host …and never go walking around on our own unless given permission by the host.
11. At the end of the tour, we make a special effort to thank the host. We “gather up” and have some sort of “closure” to the tour.
12. We even write thank you notes when we get home, especially if we asked a lot of questions, were impressed, were surprised, were treated well. We write thank you notes even when we are not the leader!

May Chapter Meeting

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

Event: Barbara Forbes' Garden

Barbara writes:
Our property is 2 acres and best visited in spring before it heats up. It is more of a country garden with fruit and nut trees, large ornamental trees, and flowers.
On the edible side, we have a lot of non-rare fruit trees -- apples, pears, plum, apricot, peach, nectarine, cherry, persimmon, pomegranate, lemon, We also have walnut and almond trees, table grapes, blackberries, artichokes and a veggie garden.

There should be lots of color to see when you visit in May. I have many roses which should be blooming and many other flowers, some of which should also be blooming by then.

We have two dogs, two goats, a bee box **, and a chicken coop, but currently no chickens. My next door neighbor has many horses and perhaps her new colt will be out for viewing.
** Our bees are a small very docile hive and you probably won’t even know they are there, but if someone is very fearful of bees they might not want to come.

There is a large patio area in the backyard to gather together to meet and eat.

Looking forward to sharing my garden with you all.

The photos directly above are from May of 2012. The photo at the top I took today to show some of the fruit trees. Some things have changed but it should be similar with lots of colors. The small pink flowers (which I call my opportunistic weed) are mexican primroses and bloom mid-April to June and should be all over our property as I let them self-sow like a wildflower.

Location: Barbara Forbes' Garden in Paso Robles. Address will be available soon. 6950 Chardonnay Road, Paso Robles, CA. It is north east of Paso Robles off of highway 46 about 7 miles from town.

  1. Drive to Paso Robles on Highway 101.
  2. Turn east on Hwy 46
  3. Turn right on Branch Road
  4. Turn left on Chardonnay Road.
  5. 6950 Chardonnay Rd. will be on your left. Look for CRFG signs.
    You can park on the street, or drive up the driveway to park inside or on the back of the property.
Time: 1:00 p.m.: Refreshments and socializing. Refreshment team: last names A-H.
1:30 p.m.: Meeting begins.
Bring: Folding chair, hat, sunscreen, water in a reusable container.

June Chapter Meeting

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

Event: Gabriel Frank's Home Demonstration Garden

Gabriel Frank writes:
I am head owner/dirtmonger of the landscape outfit Gardens by Gabriel. We created a demonstration garden at my home at 448 Estero Ave, in Morro Bay
to showcase all the native, mediterranean and succulent species appropriate for our dry climate. I like unusual plants, so have some interesting aloes, bromeliads, foliage plants, bamboo's, cacti etc. I have just started planting edible trees in the past few years, and have been practicing the art of espalier with figs, lemons and Cherimoya. I've been grafting lots of figs from the scion exchange and other sources, and having pretty good luck! So in summary the garden is mostly unusual and some common ornamentals with a smattering of edbile trees and herbs. There is a patio zone in the back with some seating for a hang-out and snacks.
Location: Gabriel Frank' Home: 448 Estero Ave, Morro Bay, CA
Please park on the streets around Gabriel's home, being considerate of the neighbors in this residential area.
Time: 1:00 p.m.: Refreshments and socializing. Refreshment team: last names I-Q.
1:30 p.m.: Meeting begins.
Bring: Folding chair, hat, sunscreen, water in a reusable container.

July Chapter Meeting

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

Event: 2nd Annual Fruit Tasting In the Demonstration Orchard!

This Saturday we'll be sampling fruit in the CRFG Demonstration Orchard on the Cal Poly campus. If you've been to the Scion Exchange or the Grafting Workshop, you already know where to park for the Orchard Fruit Tasting Extravaganza!

See the newsletter from the First Annual Orchard Fruit Tasting in 2018.

Bring fruit from your own trees to share, as well as your stories about growing fruit this year.

Bring: Water, gloves, hat, appropriate shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent.

Location: CRFG Orchard at Cal Poly.
Park in the dirt parking lot at the Crops Unit at the corner of Highland Drive and Mt. Bishop Road (parking is free on Saturday). Then walk back up Highland Drive to the orchard.


CRFG CC Planning Committee
tentative future meetings and ideas planning worksheet.
This document is used by the planning committee to share dates and ideas for future events. Dates on this worksheet are tentative. Use the calendar above to see confirmed CRFG CC events.