About Me

Richard in 2019
Richard Hallman 2019
Richard pruning apples in Similkameen Valley 1977
Richard pruning apples in Similkameen Valley 1977

I grew up on a small commercial orchard in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. At the age of 10 I discovered a passion for, or obsession with, the growing of fruit trees.  After a university degree and a couple of years traveling and working on fruit farms in Australia, I returned to the Okanagan Valley to work with the commercial fruit tree industry. For most of the following 30 years I was employed as a Commercial Fruit Tree Horticulture Adviser with private industry and the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture.

New Direction:

In 2011 left the world of working for someone else and set up Fruit Tree Magic. This business has been providing consulting, coaching and trouble shooting services to a wide range of individuals and organizations in Coastal British Columbia including botanical gardens, arborists, landscapers, commercial orchards, nurseries, home orchardists and backyard gardeners. Espalier fruit tree in gardens and commercial cider orchards are the focus of my services. Until Covid 19 becomes less of an issue my services will be virtual when ever possible.

Professional Ethic:

I have been a Registered Professional Agologist in British Columbia for more than 40 years (BCIA). BCIA is legislated under the under the Professional Governance Act of BC. The definition of Agrology can be found in the Agrologists Regulation. I adhere to the BCIA code of Ethics. My BCIA Profile

Information in this web site distinguishes between science based facts, assumptions and opinions.  I am often frustrated when I discover that gardeners, home orchardists and sometimes commercial orchardists have been given incorrect or misleading advice. There is lots of good information available from many reliable sources. I will often refer you to other sources that provide reliable, proven information.


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