Workshops & Events
Fruit Tree Pruning & Grafting Fundamentals
Saturday, March 22 or Saturday, March 29, 2014
It’s that time of year again, pruning and grafting season.
Todd Parlo of Walden Heights Nursery and Orchard, offers workshops this month to teach about pruning and grafting just in time to care for your own fruit trees. The classes are comprehensive, but also understandable for the novice. These workshops will be held 2 weekends and divided into morning and afternoon sessions. You can take both, or just one session.
Fruit Tree Pruning
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Winter fruit tree pruning can improve overall health and appearance and can increase fruit production. This class discusses pruning tools, basic biology behind pruning fruit trees, basic cuts and how to stimulate fruit production. (Class fee $30)
2 – 5 p.m.
This workshop will give participants a basic understanding of how to graft a tree (primarily apple trees). Attendees will learn and practice several different grafting techniques as well as how to collect proper scions (cuttings). Scionwood from a number of different apple varieties will be available; however, anyone is welcome to bring his or her own scions to the workshop where they will get the opportunity to graft their own trees. Additional plant materials will be available to purchase for grafting more trees at home. ($35 which includes each student having at least one tree to take home)
Workshops will be held at the orchard. Directions to the farm are at bottom left of the page.
Dress for the weather.
A great deal of information will be given, so a notebook would be a good idea.
There will be some grafting supplies and tools for sale at the class, but students should bring:
- hand pruning shears (sacateurs)
- carpenters knife/sheetrock knife/box cutter (NOT the one with breakaway blades)
- plastic grocery bag to take your tree home
All other materials will be provided.
If you are staying for both classes, there is space to eat a bag lunch here. Hardwick and Cabot are close enough to run for takeout also. We will be inside and outside. Snowshoes helpful but not crucial.
Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 802-563-3012 or email using the contact box if interested.
You can also arrange for a small group or one on one session.
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Pruning Fruit Trees Grafting Fundamentals : Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury Vt,
These classes are for amateurs or experiences growers, and will cover alot of material. An hour lunch break will divide the 2 sessions.
Those taking the grafting class will leave with an apple tree or the materials to make their own. You should bring hand pruning shears, a heavy carpenters knife (the heavier steel razor knives), and a pair of scissors, and a plastic grocery bag to protect the tree roots- we will supply the rest.
Growing Fruit in the Northeast Kingdom
This workshop will cover the basics on growing fruit trees, and fruit bearing bushes and plants. Aspects such as pruning, planting, care and plant physiology will be covered. The species discussed will be those we grow here at Walden Heights including blueberries, apples, pears, raspberries, currants, gooseberries, cherries, grapes, and more. Expect a bit of lecture, and then some time for Q & A. We will also have a sign-up for our new Fruit Growers Group for those interested.
For more info contact:
-Waldenheightsnursery.com (questions through the contact box top right of page) - for questions about class
Additional classes in organic fruit growing, pruning, and grafting will be held in the area if there is enough interest. Please contact us through the “contact” link if you are interested. They may be held here at the farm in Walden or at another nearby location.
You or your organization can also hire us to put on a workshop for your edification, or as a fundraiser. Email us
We will be hosting organic fruit growing workshops later in the spring. Dates will be posted soon.