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July Meeting – Grafting Night

Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 23rd July 2024 at the San Giorgio Club, 11 Henry Street, Payneham, from 7:30pm. There is plenty of parking at the venue or in the adjoining Council car park. Please do not park on the street.

Tonight is our grafting night, when our annual grafting sessions and scion wood sales take place. Attendance at the sessions is free so all have the opportunity to learn from the experts and there will be a huge range of scion varieties available for sale, many not obtainable elsewhere. Small group sessions with “live” grafting demonstrations will take place during the evening.

There will also be a session on Saturday 27th July at 10am-12pm at Andrew’s Urban Farm, 45 Northhampton Cres, Elizabeth East, and on Sunday 28th July at the McLaren Vale Hall from 10.30am to 1pm.

Library – Members please note new arrangements for borrowing books, details below members menu.

Due to the hectic nature of the Tuesday evening meeting, there will be no Trading Table or supper. While there’s no lucky draw tickets in July – PLEASE wear your RFS badge to ensure you get RFS member’s price!

If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend the meeting.

– Things we do –

■ We grow fruits and food plants from the four corners of the globe. They originate from cool-temperate, temperate, subtropical and elevated tropical regions. Records are kept of our successes and failures.

■ We listen to top Guest Speakers at most of our meetings and are presented with the best local knowledge from our more experienced members.

■ We learn to graft, bud and propagate at our workshop sessions and from our library and locally produced fact sheets.

■ We receive a newsletter at each meeting containing articles and experiences supplied by other members. It usually contains an outline of the presentation by the previous guest speaker or a description of a prior field trip or seminar.

■ We participate in field trips to established fruit properties, research stations and other member’s orchards. A sampling of the produce is usually enjoyed.

■ We set up a trading table at nearly every meeting where members may purchase fruit trees, rootstocks, budwood, grafting material and unusual plants, for a modest outlay.

■ We have a large collection of rare and heritage variety fruit trees grown by our members. Our heritage fruit tree orchard at Kanmantoo, established in conjunction with Neutrog Ltd, will provide propagating material for both common and scarce fruit cultivars.

■ During July, we conduct deciduous fruit grafting sessions where rootstocks and budwood are available for purchase and grafting techniques are demonstrated. Members have priority over visitors. Fig and grape cuttings are also available. Full details of times and venues will be available on our web site in the Meetings area prior to July.

– Things we don’t do –

■ Due to the difficulty of arranging permits and observing regulations regards sending propagating material interstate, we are unable to do this.

■ Our society is only a club of members, not a commercial nursery, so we do not run a mail order service selling trees or propagating material of any description.

■ We do not provide gardening or consulting services of any kind and we do not endorse or recommend others who provide those services.

Enjoy the benefits of Rare Fruit Society membership

Meet and interact with other passionate Rare Fruit growers from our region

Access to the members section of the website

As a club member, you will receive our newsletter full of articles on fruit growing specific to our region.

Throughout the year, field trips, workshops and events are arranged for our members. These include visiting commercial orchards and research facilities, and our annual grafting days.

Enjoy access to our extensive Library of fruit related books and access our growing Library of subject specific videos.

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