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Growing Urban Orchards

Learn to choose, plant and care for fruit trees that will thrive in your unique conditions. Get your copy today.

Growing Urban Orchards is the recipient of a 2014 Garden Writers Association Media Awards Silver Award of Achievement in the category of Book Writing: General Readership.



Researching Your Fruit Tree

Choosing the right tree is key to ensure fruit tree growing success.


Planting And Young Tree Care

Correct young tree care results in a healthier tree as it matures.


Winter and Summer Pruning

Correct annual pruning increases fruit tree health and productivity.


Preventing Pests and Disease

Protect your tree while it is healthy to avoid pest and disease problems later on.

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Over 1,000 people have purchased or downloaded Growing Urban Orchards. Read why below!

“Poizner answers all the questions that most of us would like to ask, but don’t, for fear of looking stupid in front of salespeople at garden centres. In fact, if you’re recently planted a fruit sapling, her section called “Winter Pruning for the First Three Years” is a must read. (I wish I’d had the book years ago.) Unlike arborists, who love tossing around baffling terms, Poizner takes a “guide for dummies” approach to the topic.” Sonia Day

Gardening Columnist, Toronto Star

“I read Growing Urban Orchards twice. I adore your book. It truly shows how one woman’s efforts can inspire a community.I find this book a great reference for my library both as a Home Orchardist of 30 fruit trees, Municipal Arborist who prunes Municipal Community Gardens and Business Owner, that prunes residential fruit trees.. Your book is very informative, progressive and very much inspiring. You have not skipped a beat! I shall recommend this book to clients and colleagues alike.”

Jayne Lacey

Certified Arborist, Washougal, Washington

“As a horticulturalist reading through your book, you’ve made this read to be understood in a ‘simplified’ fashion. Love it! Thank you very much. Can you please send me three more copies? I have some employees that would enjoy this read.”

Paul VandenEngel

Certified Arborist, Western Landscape Services, Kingston, Ontario

“Demystifying fruit tree care is the goal of the recently published book Growing Urban Orchards. The author, Susan Poizner, is the founder of a community orchard in Toronto, and her inclusive, reassuring tone in the book goes a long way to encouraging everyone to plant and care for fruit trees.” Ground Magazine

Landscape Architect Quarterly, Ontario Association of Landscape Architects

“Growing Urban Orchards is everything you want in a fruit tree guide: clarity, organization, encouragement, solid information and lots and lots of pictures. Not too much and not too little. It is just what the novice, and even the somewhat seasoned orchardist, needs. And, it is gorgeous!”

Nina Beth Cardin

Founder, Baltimore Orchard Project

“I just finished reading growing urban orchards. I very much enjoyed the book. I’m taking away a strong set of practical tools/information as well as the confidence provided by the wealth of extra resources you suggest. I liked how concise all the information was. I felt like it carried an excellent balance of useful information, real world experience, case studies, and practical step by step guides. I will be passing it around to as many people as I can.”

Bradley English

Brampton, Ontario

“If you thought that a tree was just a tree, this book will expand your mind into the multifunctional and multidimensional category of fruiting trees. For shade, atmospheric cooling, community gathering and, of course, for food. Susan Poizner knows of what she writes.” (Excerpt from review in Toronto Star newspaper).

Mark Cullen

Volunteer Chair, Trees For Life

“Hi Susan, I wanted to thank you for writing your book – it gave me the final push to buy the sour cherry tree I’ve been dreaming of for the last few years!”

Matthew Middleton

Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador

“Growing Urban Orchards is a fabulous resource. It reads well and the pictures are excellent too. Congratulations on producing a fine piece of work!”

David Tracey

Executive Director, Tree City Canada

“To grow a fruit tree is an act of beauty and community that connects us to this planet we call home.  Susan Poizner prepares you for this task by explaining the science, the technique and everything else you need to know to get started. It’s obvious that this invaluable book is inspired by the joy of growing fruit.”

Sarah Elton

Bestselling Author, , "Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet"

“Look no further for an indispensable guide to growing fruit trees – this is it. Susan Poizner doesn’t cover only the how-to, she tells you why certain techniques work, and includes stories from professional and amateur growers in Canada and the U.S.”

Liz Primeau

Author, , "Front Yard Gardens: Growing More Than Grass"

“Susan Poizner is the perfect guide to lead novices and experts alike through the opportunities and challenges of growing fruit trees in the city. With a tone that’s seasoned (confessing her own mistakes to save us from making them!), reassuring and refreshingly clear, Poizner provides tips, tools, and a treasure-trove of practical information.”

Lorraine Johnson

Author,, City Farmer: Adventures in Urban Food Growing and The New Ontario Naturalized Garden

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About The Author

Susan Poizner

Susan Poizner

Author, Director of OrchardPeople.com Fruit Tree Care Education

Susan Poizner is an award-winning writer and urban orchardist. She is the author of Growing Urban Orchards and the creator of the online fruit tree care training website www.orchardpeople.com. She is also the host of The Urban Forestry Radio Show on RealityRadio101.com.