Bob Duncan and a lemon tree. With more than 46 years of growing fruit trees on Vancouver Island, Duncan specializes in temperate, warm temperate, citrus, Mediterranean and hardy subtropical fruit trees. (Contributed photo)

SOOKE GARDEN CLUB: apples, pears, plums – and more

Hardy subtropical fruit trees find home on Vancouver Island

Cory McInnis | Contributed

What a gift it is to be part of a local garden club – all the tips, trials, errors, and knowledge from the members and guest speakers are so gratifying.

This month, the Sooke Garden Club was to host Bob Duncan from Fruit Trees and More. Bob and his wife Verna own and operate the nursery, which you can find in North Saanich.

With more than 46 years of growing fruit trees on Vancouver Island, Bob specializes in temperate, warm temperate, citrus, Mediterranean and hardy subtropical fruit trees.

Here’s a sample of the different type of trees Fruit Trees and More grow: apples, pears, plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries, quince, medlar, kiwis, pineapple guavas, figs, pomegranates, loquats persimmons, olives jujube, avocado, pawpaw, and white sapote.

The orchard, on the nursery at Fruit Trees and More, is used as a teaching site to demonstrate various training systems and cultural techniques. As a botanist and entomologist, Bob worked for the Canadian Forestry Service for more than 35 years.

With health restrictions in place due to the coronavirus, the garden club is not able to host its regular summer events, so enjoy your outdoors space whether it’s growing vegetables, fruit, flowers, anything that makes your heart sing.

For information on our scheduled events, please check the Sooke Garden Club Facebook page as well as or email us at

Annual membership for the Sooke Garden Club is $15, and new members are always welcome.


Cory McInnis writes for the Sooke Garden Club. Email here at

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