Thanks again to Ruth for both today’s photograph and write-up. Unfortunately, due to a bit of miscommunication between myself and Ruth, this didn’t get to me in time to post it prior to the garden’s Apple Festival this year, but the event was a success by all accounts despite that.
The food garden collection at the UBC Botanical Garden sports a wide variety of fruit and vegetable crops grown for display and educational purposes, and then harvested for donation to the less fortunate. Apple trees, such as this Malus ‘Golden Russet’ are staked up on trellises surrounding much of the food garden. The trellises consist of rows of thick metal wires tied to wooden posts. From youth, the limber apple trees are guided along the wires to encourage a trained growth pattern. This process, espalier, is used extensively in the commercial grape industry as well as small space gardens for intensive production.