Apple Grafting and Pruning class
Doyou have a new seedling apple tree to plant or a whole orchard of established trees to care for this spring? Michael Phillips, an experienced orchardist and author, will return to the Old Stone House Museum again this spring on Saturday, April 16th, to teach you the best methods to care for your trees and all the reasons why. Michael, an outstanding teacher, is also a highly skilled fruit farmer, whose book The Apple Grower, a Guide for the Organic Orchardist, has become a bible for organic orchard practice. You can read more about Mr. Phillips, his orchard and his work on his Lost Nation Orchard website.
Michael will be bringing hardy rootstock and scion wood from old variety apples in his Lost Nation Orchard to class. Students are also encouraged to cut and bring dormant scion wood from their own trees as well. The Museum has begun making a map to locate the “antique apple trees” of Orleans County and welcomes information about your favorite old trees at any time. The instructor will demonstrate several grafting techniques and explain why grafting is necessary so that students can produce 2-3 grafted trees to bring home to plant in their own orchards.
After lunch the class moves outdoors, rain or shine, to practice pruning techniques on apple trees on Old Stone House grounds. The class may also check the progress of some bud grafts done in previous years. Pruning tools will be demonstrated and students can try them out. Sources for good tools and other materials will be provided and participants can share their own experiences and resources with the group.
We suggest students bring their own pocket pruners and a grafting or utility knife, a hearty lunch and dress for the weather. This is a very special learning opportunity which the Old Stone House Museum is pleased to be able to offer. Limited to 15 participants, the hours are 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. There is a cost per participant. Please call 754-2022 to register. Pre Registration is required by Friday April 14.