July 2018 – Grafting Sessions

Session 1 Tuesday 24th July 7.30 for 7:45pm start at the Burnside Community Centre, 401 Greenhill Road, Tusmore, corner of Portrush Road, behind Burnside Town Hall.

Session 2 Saturday 28th July 10.00am – 1pm at the Elizabeth Grove Uniting Church, Corner of Fairfield and Harvey Roads, Elizabeth Grove. Ample parking.

Session 3 Sunday 29th July 10.00am – 1pm at the Moana Pioneer Hall, Nashwauk Crescent, Moana. South side of roundabout. Ample parking.

As usual, these sessions are free, everyone is welcome. Rootstocks, budwood and grafting expertise will be available to members and visitors. However, for grafting, this year the committee has decided on these changes to procedure for the sessions

There will be 2 lines, 1 for members and 1 for non-members. Ensure you are wearing your members badge to identify yourself as a member.

Our grafters will only do 2 grafts per person, so the idea is to watch closely how the procedure is done.

The aim of the society is to disperse and thus conserve heritage varieties of deciduous fruits. Your personal aim is probably to get varieties that are special in some way, maybe rare, maybe especially late or early or long season croppers, maybe special cooking, preserving or drying fruits, maybe special flavours and colours that you won’t get at the shops.

Check our website for descriptions of the varieties you may want and plan to get them, and suitable rootstocks if required at the July meetings. Keep in mind that rootstocks for some species, such as walnuts and chestnuts, will probably not be available.

As a member you will have a password to our website, to access it from home or your local library. We will try to provide some information at the meetings, but the Burnside one at least is liable to be hectic and the people with indepth knowledge are likely to be flat out serving and grafting, so please don’t rely on a good long conversation with them for your research.

Scout around for your information beforehand and Be Prepared!

25 September:
May 22 2018