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Did you know that nearly every fruit tree you can purchase has been grafted? Grafting is the process of joining two pieces of living plant so that they fuse together and ultimately grow and develop as a combined plant. Join us to learn about this thousand year old technique for growing fruit, and learn how you can add new fruit varieties to your existing trees or add branches to bare spots in trees.
In this class, we will discuss:
- The what and why of grafting
- Which tree fruits can be grafted to each other
- Common methods for grafting fruit trees and reasoning for different techniques
- Supplies needed to do bud grafting
This in-person workshop will include a conversational lecture, hands-on practice in the garden, and time for questions and answers with the instructor. It is appropriate for both beginning and intermediate gardeners. A detailed outline with recommended resources will also be provided.
*Please note that there are many techniques for grafting, and this class will be focused on bud grafting or chip budding. Other kinds of fruit tree grafting such as bench and bark grafting are best done in early spring and will not be taught in this class. This workshop includes activities that require some knife skills and a lot of fine work with your fingers and fingertips. Supplies will be provided.