9am - noon, $65 including one tree. $30 for each additional tree. An afternoon workshop will be added if there is demand.
If you would like to purchase extra trees, please contact us.
Leaders - Stephen Kapusta, Jennifer Ferris
Catch the 8:30am ferry at Millhaven (please arrive early, the boat can be busy). The cost is $9 CASH round trip/car. Meet at Topsy Farms, 14775 Front Rd.
Stephen Kapusta has an extensive horticulture background, both in growing and propagating trees, grafting a few hundred a year. He spent summers working on farms in and around Leamington working with fruit trees and perennials. He has recently started sharing those skills at workshops and presentations.
Stephen will teach each student how to graft their own fruit tree by demonstrating the process, then supervising the hands-on practice. Each student will learn to graft their chosen species onto their chosen root stock, taking that tree home. The skill learned will be of value for anyone wanting to save a heritage species or to create future fruit trees to their specifications.
“Lost Lanark Legacy Fruit Trees” founder Jennifer Ferris will be an additional resource for the hands-on skill learning, and to answer questions about her heritage apples research.
When registering, each student must choose one of two different rootstocks, and one of 19 different scions (varieties) from which to create their own tree.
Each participant is expected to bring their own protective work gloves, a sharp utility knife, a bag to keep their tree roots moist or if preferred, a 1 or 2 gallon pot and soil to plant their tree. The workshop will be limited to 30 participants, so please register soon to secure your place. An afternoon workshop will be added if there is demand.
B118: Very cold hardy rootstock that will grow an apple tree between 16 and 20 feet in height and does not require to be staked for support.
Geneva 985: Very cold hardy rootstock that will grow an apple tree between 8 and 10 feet in height.The trees do require the support of staking.
Apple scions available: Northern Spy Wealthy Wolf River Cortland Gravenstein Ambrosia Somerset Redstreak Brown Snout Silken Idared Porters Perfection Yellow Transparent Belle de Boskoop Foxwelp