Fullerton Arboretum - CSUF
P.O. Box 6850
Fullerton, CA 92834-685
Riley and Paul Thomson founded CRFG in 1968 with 29 charter members.
December 4, 1979 in the State of California as a non-profit (public
To encourage and foster public and scientific interest, research,
education in and the preservation of rare fruit plants that have edible
seeds, fruits, leaves, stems or roots and are not commonly grown commercially.
The furtherance and encouragement of these activities shall be for
the benefit of the public rather than commercial interests.
CRFG has over 3000 individual and family members including hobbyists,
backyard growers, government and university researchers, nurserymen
and commercial growers. Currently, there are eighteen CRFG
chapters in California, one chapter in Texas, and two in Arizona.
Aditionally, there are members in 47 other states and U.S. territories,
and 29 foreign countries.
See the membership application
CRFG members share information; exchange seeds, plants and scion wood;
give garden tours; exhibit displays and staff information booths at
fairs and shows; hold plant sales; and give classes on propagation,
pruning and grafting for members. The annual Festival of Fruit, and
many chapter meetings, feature speakers who are experts in rare fruit
culture. Meetings and activities are open to the public as well as
The Fruit Gardener magazine is a bimonthly publication
distributed to current members and contains articles about fruits
and vegetables that are of general interest. Features include articles
on tips for beginners, desert gardening, recipes, book reviews and
books for sale,
a question-and-answer column, a calendar of events and reports on
the latest seed acquisitions available to
members. Advertisements offer rare, hardy and tropical fruit trees,
as well as equipment and materials needed in and around the garden.
Fruit Facts are
a series of publications that contain information on individual fruits,
including botanical identification, description and culture notes
based on California research, and characteristics of cultivars.These
fact sheets are available on-line at this web site. Printed copies
are available at nominal cost from CRFG.
CRFG Fruit List
is a new and enlarged listing of fruit
cultural data, arranged by scientific name, containing temperature
limits and information on soil conditions for over 700 individual
fruits. There is also a listing of over 1,000 fruits by their common
names. The Fruit List is available on-line at this web site. Printed
copies are available at nominal cost from CRFG.
Fruit Specialists are
volunteers who make themselves available to answer specific questions
relative to individual fruits. While this is essentially a service
for members, CRFG will also accept questions from the general public
as time permits.
The Seed Bank collects
exotic seeds and distributes them at nominal cost. Seeds are often
supplied by members from their plantings or gathered in their travels.
(Currently, Seed Bank orders are limited to CRFG members only.)
The Book Service
offers selected books on fruit and vegetable growing, gardening and
other related topics. Open to all.
To contact CRFG on-line use our contacts
page. Or you can use regular postal mail to:
California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc.
The Fullerton Arboretum - CSUF
P.O. Box 6850
Fullerton, CA 92834-6850