lees orchard

Lees Orchard was planted in 1916 and was then purchased in 1939, just months before World War II, by Mr and Mrs Lees. They grew a range of apple varieties, including Jonathons, Croftons, Red Delicious, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Granny Smith, Jonagold and Golden Delicious, as well as William, Packham and Beuree Bosc pears.

The couple started their family in a little hut on the orchard in 1940 and the family home was built in 1955.

Lees Orchard is still a family-run business but was signed over to Brendon and Karen Morrison in 2003. Extensive work has been carried out on the 11.3 hectare orchard with 80 per cent of the old style planting being removed and new styles being planted espalier style. New varieties include Pink Lady, Royal Gala, Fuji and Comice pears. All the original varieties are also still available.

Brendon, who has been working in orchards since he was 17, has brought his son Daniel into the orchard and they run the business together.

Lees Orchard recently planted six different varieties of cherries, which will come into production at the end of 2013. The future plan is to continue planting cherries and apples in the vacant ground on the property.

Lees Orchard is open to the public from the start of March until mid January. All varieties of apples and pears are available for purchase at the Orchard shed between Thursday and Saturday 9am to 5pm. Vegetables, cherries, quinces and figs are also available when in season. Lees Orchard is also at Launceston’s Harvest Market each Saturday and at the Evandale market each Sunday.

LEES ORCHARD
Brendon and Daniel Morrison
161 John Lees Drive Dilston, TAS, 7252
p: 03 6328 1158
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Open: 9.00am - 5.00pm Thursday - Saturday
Harvest Market: 8.30am - 12.30pm Saturday
Evandale Market: 8.00am - 2.00pm Sunday