Workshop: Graft your own fruit tree!

Dorothy Fox Education Centre, Botanical Gardens, Sheffield

Saturday, 7 Mar 2020
10:30am to 2:00pm


Grafting Workshop
£35.00 + £3.50 fee

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Join the Sheffield Fruit Trees team to try your hand at grafting: the magical process we use to create our trees.

Fruit trees as a general rule don't breed true; if you plant an apple seed you'll probably end up with something not as tasty as the original apple! To get around this, we, and all commercial nurseries, use a vegetative technique of cloning called grafting. This allows us to control the fruit that the tree will give and to some extent, the tree's vigour and disease-resistance.

In this three and a half hour workshop you will:
- learn about why we graft and the various aspects of the whip & tongue technique;
- be guided through the techniques needed to safely use a knife and secateurs;
- practice grafting various apple and pear varieties;
- pot and take home a tree you've grafted (worth over £20) armed with detailed advice on how to plant and care for it.

Only ten places per workshop - advance booking strongly recommended.


Dorothy Fox Education Centre, Botanical Gardens , Thompson Road , Sheffield