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Two Workshops – Fruit Tree Basics and Fruit Tree Grafting
April 2, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Have you ever wanted to grow fruit trees but didn’t know how? Or do you know of an heirloom variety that you want to save? Or would you like to try your hand at growing 2 varieties on one tree? Just in time for spring, the Sawtooth Botanical Garden has the solution! SBG is offering two great workshops on Saturday, April 2 – Fruit Tree Basics and Fruit Tree Grafting.
Fruit Tree Basics – From 10 a.m. to noon Jon Wilkes, owner of Branching Out Nursery in Bellevue, will cover basic fruit tree selection, soil preparation, planting, pruning techniques and common diseases. Wilkes’ specialty is delicious, locally adapted fruit trees.
Fruit Tree Grafting – From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Bob Purvis, master grafter and owner of Purvis Nursery and Orchard in Homedale, will demonstrate how to graft cuttings (scions) of apple, apricot, pear, or plum varieties onto dormant rootstocks. Participants will practice grafting and then take home new fruit trees for their yard. After 2-3 weeks, the scions will grow leaves and shoots and, given good care, will grow into trees able to bloom and fruit in 3-4 years.
Purvis has a M.S. in fruit tree horticulture and first taught grafting in Alaska in 1986. From 1992-1999 he worked as a horticulturist in the Yakima, Washington fruit industry, meanwhile growing nearly 220 varieties of tree fruit at home. Before moving to Idaho he grew 49 cold-hardy varieties for 10 years at his home in Minnesota.
To insure one-on-one attention, space is limited for both workshops and advance registration is required. Cost for Fruit Tree Basics is $25/$23 SBG members. The cost for Fruit Tree Grafting is $75/$68 SBG members, and includes 4 rootstocks. Fee to take both workshops is $90/$80 SBG members.
Call Kristin at 208-726-9358 by March 25 to register. Please indicate how many of each type of rootstock (apple, apricot, pear, plum) you would like to graft. The Sawtooth Botanical Garden is a public, non-profit garden located at 11 Gimlet Road, Ketchum.