Class: Grafting Heirloom Apples

Gareth Crosby, curator of the Heritage Garden, and Anthony Cannon from Heirloom Orchards are excited to share their knowledge and experience with apple tree grafting.

Grafting is a technique in which tissue from one plant, the scion, is attached onto another, the rootstock. In this class, participants will hear about the history of grafting, which rootstocks are the best for local soils, and have a hands-on opportunity to graft their own trees using the cleft graft method. All supplies are provided, but participants wishing to graft their own scion wood  are welcome to bring it along with a sharp knife with a thin blade (Xacto or box knives are good) or a grafting knife, and pruning shears, if you have them. Participants will graft two trees that pollinate each other (when using  scion wood) and be able to take them home. Fee includes rootstock, scion wood, pot and soil as well as handouts.

Saturday, March 2 at 9:00am to 12:00pm

State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Visitor Center, Classroom 2
2450 S Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605

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