With ever-reducing section sizes, Kiwis are keen to use the traditional formal tree training method of ‘espalier’ to utilize wall space for fruit production. Victorian walled gardens used espalier training to beautify brick walls, while also taking advantage of the reflected warmth. In modern gardens, espaliered fruit trees are perfect where space is limited, as well as being very attractive and impressive features.
Kate has been living and breathing fruit trees in her role as Sales and Marketing Manager at Nelson’s Waimea Nurseries over the last twelve years. The nursery is one of NZ’s largest fruit tree nurseries, supplying both commercial orchardists and garden retailers with a broad range of fruiting trees and plants. Kate is also the contributing writer for NZ Gardener magazine’s monthly fruit tree column, fruit tree expert for Tony Murrell’s Home & Garden Show on Radio Live, and she was a highlight of the speaker series at several of the Ellerslie Flower Shows hosted in Christchurch.