Landscape series: growing fruit trees, edibles

Landscape series: growing fruit trees, edibles
Posted on 09/16/2019
John White, Garden Curator for UTEP’s Centennial Museum, host the Fall WaterSmart Landscape Series on Sept. 21 and Sept. 28 at El Paso Water’s TecH2O Learning Center.

Thriving edible landscapes are achievable in El Paso, and John White, Garden Curator for UTEP’s Centennial Museum, wants to show gardeners how to create one.

“Fruit trees can be grown in El Paso,” White said. “People want to be self-sufficient. There’s a lot of interest in vegetables, but people forget about the fruit tree, which doesn’t have to be huge.”

Details

White, an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, will host the Fall WaterSmart Landscape Series on Sept. 21 and Sept. 28 at El Paso Water’s TecH2O Learning Center, 10751 Montana Ave. The sessions, both from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., are free and open to the public.

On Sept. 21, Fruit Trees for Our Region will focus on selection and maintenance.

“I also want to let gardeners know how plants found in our region have historically been used as survival tools,” White said. “Cacti have a lot of water stored in them, so if you know how to harvest that you can get moisture when you can’t find it anywhere else.”

Edible Landscape Maintenance on Sept. 28 will delve into herb gardens for El Paso and include a demonstration on cooking with nopales (cactus) and tunas (prickly pear).

UTEP's Centennial Museum“We want to inspire gardeners to plant a tree that has several purposes, such as planting a fruit tree that will also provide shade or attract pollinators,” said Anai Padilla, Water Conservation/TecH2O Manager.

Our history

As White drives around El Paso neighborhoods, he is quick to notice evolving trends in landscapes.

“If you go into older parts of town, they don’t have a big, fancy landscape but they do have some kind of fruit tree,” he said.

Older El Pasoans probably have fond memories of their grandmothers harvesting fruit from their yards and making membrillo (quince) jam, Padilla said.

“We would like to encourage people to produce their own food,” White said. “Now is a good time to plant trees and perhaps start a little orchard.”

To reserve a seat at the series, please call 915-621-2000 or email ajpadilla@epwater.org.

 

 

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