Our collection of pears includes more than 20 varieties. Many are included in the working orchard on the farm called Tellurian Fruit Gardens and managed by Ant Wilson, and in Carr's Organic Fruit Tree Nursery. They are grown on pear seedling rootstock, as traditional vase shaped trees. We enjoy collecting heritage varieties like Comice, Kiefer, Baptiste Valette, Beau Clairgere and St Michael Archangel, but our collection also includes many of the well-known and popular pears such as Beurre Bosc, Williams, Packhams and Corella. 

Pears tend to be a hardy tree that is relatively resistant to frost, drought and wet conditions. We're pleased to bring you information about some of the most popular varieties and hope you find it useful. We also maintain an extensive Fruit Tree Database as part of our Grow Great Fruit home-study program.

Picking dates can vary by up to two weeks from one season to another, depending on the conditions, but usually the order of ripening stays about the same. The dates given below are the average picking dates in Harcourt. Most varieties can be picked over a period of 2 or 3 weeks.

More information about each variety, including harvest dates, pollination information, production notes, chill hours, blossom time, origin and disease susceptibility and resistance (where known) are included in our Fruit Tree Database, accessible by members of the Grow Great Fruit program.

Beurre Bosc Beurre bosc

A brown pear originating in Europe.

Picking Dates: Early March


Corella Photo not yet available

A small to medium sized Australian variety.

Picking Dates: Early April


Josephine Josephone

A mid-season European pear with greenish-yellow skin.

Picking Dates: Early April


Kieffer No photo yet as we haven't had fruit from these trees

A late-season roundish pear.

Picking Dates:


Nashi Nashi

Also known as Japanese pears.

Picking Dates: Early March


Packham's Triumph

One of the most well known green pears.

Picking Dates: Mid March


Williams (Bartlett) Williams

An early season green pear.

Picking Dates: Late February


Winter Cole Winter Cole

Small brown pear.

Picking Dates:  Late March


Winter Nelis Winter Nelis

A brown, roundish pear.

Picking Dates: Late March



About Us

We – Hugh and Katie Finlay – draw on over 15 years' experience as orchardists at our farm, Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens, to bring you the Grow Great Fruit Program, the farm-proven system for home fruit growers.

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Grow Great Fruit Program

We grow organically, and teach organic growing principles and methods. We’re aware of the changing climate, so the farming methods we use help to create solutions, not add to the problem. We've poured years of experience into our farm-tested Grow Great Fruit program after talking to hundreds of home growers, and figuring out what you need most...information, security, and someone you can trust to help you solve your problems.


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