Pear-adise: National Clonal Germplasm Repository

Pear-adise: National Clonal Germplasm Repository

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The rain didn't stop people from trying pears from all around the world in one place Thursday.

The National Clonal Germplasm Repository in Corvallis hosted an open house where they displayed 2,000 pear trees from over 56 countries.

Chuck Peters from Washington traveled to Corvallis for the event.

"See if we can get a real active pear breeding program in state of Washington," said Peters, who is on the germplasm committee.

The pear bank was originally for breeders and researchers.

Now they encourage locals to come on by to learn more.

"People make arrangements in advance so staff can show you the orchard," said Kimberly Hummer, the research leader. "Welcome to have people come by and see our collection."