Guest Speaker for 10th October 2013 Meeting – Dr Barry Madsen 'On Becoming a Rare Fruiter'

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Barry is an ex-academic who since retirement now finds there’s more time to devote to an improved lifestyle balance.  One dimension of this change in activities has been an interest in growing nutritious & tasty fruit in a backyard setting, providing fresh produce almost all year round.  Various forms of processing help to achieve this goal.  With limited space the choice of appropriate plants has to be quite ruthless, so that if any are not very flavoursome, too slow to get into production mode, too much trouble re pests, fruits can be bought cheaply, etc, then others get their place in the yard.  Currently the collection is more than 40 plants & Barry will describe his experiences in growing them in the challenging Perth environment.