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Growing Urban Orchards

Order The 111-page Award-Winning Book. Learn to choose, plant and care for fruit trees that will thrive in your unique conditions. Get your copy today. 
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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.


"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
“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
“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 
“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
“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

About The Author

Susan Poizner

Director, Fruit Tree Care Education Online

Susan Poizner is an urban orchardist and the author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards. She is the creator of the award-winning online fruit tree care training program at and the host of The Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast.  She is also an ISA Certified Arborist..


Since 2014, Orchard People has won several awards for our website, podcast, book and online courses.
logo for 2021 Silver Award GardenComm
The Urban Forestry Radio Show & Podcast Silver Award of Achievement 2021: Radio Program Overall.
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The Urban Forestry Radio Show & Podcast Silver Award of Achievement 2017 Podcast Series: Overall Silver Award of Achievement 2017 Website, Individual: Overall
Growing Urban Orchards Silver Award of Achievement 2014 Book Writing: General Readership Online Fruit Tree Care Training Silver Award of Achievement 2014 Online Fruit Tree Care Training Silver Award of Achievement 2015
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