About Me

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

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 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. I have just restarted consulting activities after a Covid 19 shut down, please contact me for a consultation quote. As we move forward I am looking for ways to consult virtually when ever possible.

Professional Ethic:

Information in this web site, in my newsletter and the online courses I am developing  is reliable, proven, evidence and science-based. 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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