Welcome to the Heritage Fruits Society

About the Heritage Fruits Society

The Heritage Fruits Society (HFS) is a not-for-profit volunteer-run group based in Melbourne, in the Australian state of Victoria. Our purpose is the conservation, study and promotion of growing rare and endangered varieties of fruit. We encourage our members to explore the vast range of heritage fruit varieties and to inform others about how these can benefit health, sustainability and biodiversity. Learn more about our background here.

What HFS does

Manages the HFS fruit tree collection

The Heritage Fruits Society is the caretaker of the Heritage Block at Petty's Orchard in Templestowe, Victoria, where most of our activities take place. The Heritage Block holds the main collection of heritage fruit trees maintained by HFS. It is one of the largest collections of heritage/heirloom fruit varieties in mainland Australia, with more than 250 varieties of old and rare apples, as well as ever-expanding collections of other fruits such as plums, apricots, pears and medlars. We run regular volunteer workshops which focus on maintaining and improving this collection and its facilities.

Runs public events

HFS runs a range of public events, including:

Works with other collections and groups

The Society works with other private and public collections to preserve rare fruit varieties, and is constantly searching for new sources of unusual or rarely-grown fruit varieties worthy of preserving.

Provides access to information

HFS also maintains an extensive on-line library of information relating to rare fruits, their propagation and preservation, historic orchards, our own history and collections, and much more.

How you can get involved

Subscribe to our newsletter

You can subscribe to our free monthly newsletter here. It provides information about upcoming events, what's happening with our collections, and other news relating to fruit varieties worldwide.

Participate in an HFS workshop

A great way to learn about HFS and what we do is by participating in our workshops we run three times each month. These offer not just a hands-on experience with our collection, but also an opportunity to meet and learn with like-minded people.

Join HFS as a member

Becoming an HFS member helps support the activities of the Society, and provides access to occasional special offers. The cost of membership is deliberately kept very low, to encourage the public to assist us financially in our efforts.

Upcoming HFS Events

Mon, March 06, 2023 9:00 AM • at Pettys Orchard, 1 Homestead Rd, Templestowe
Mon, April 10, 2023 2:00 PM • Pettys Orchard Heritage Apple Collection. Bookings Essential.

Where we run our events

Most HFS events, including our Grafting Days, Tasting Events and volunteer workshops, take place at the Heritage Block at Petty's Orchard in Templestowe, just south-east from the "Petty's Orchard" pointer in the map below:

Photo Gallery

Click on the image below for a photo gallery from around the HFS Heritage Block at Petty's Orchard:

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