March 17th is our Annual Grafting Workshop!

This month’s club meeting is our annual fruit tree grafting event lead by Darren Murphy.

We will start this meeting a half hour early because there is so much to fit in but come when you can!

  • Date – Thursday, March 17, 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Location – The Bainbridge Grange Hall – 10340 Madison Avenue NE., Bainbridge Island.

This is our annual grafting event…in addition to hands on instruction, the club will have available a large selection of heirloom and more modern apple, pear, plum, and cherry scion wood cuttings and small rootstocks (up to 2 feet long) for grafting. Members and non-members/guests can also bring bare rooted or potted fruit trees (e.g., Costco specials for example) for grafting their own multi-variety trees! There is a small fee for club provided rootstock ($3 to $5 dollars) depending on variety/size, with scion wood free for club members and $1 dollar per cutting for non-members. Each scion wood cutting is generally suitable for up to 3 individual grafts.

We will also be holding a plant sale (based on member donations) to help raise funds for the club. Members are encouraged to bring their extra seeds, vegetable starts, flowers, berry plants, and fruit trees for sale to other club members or non-members/guests. Mason bee tubes will also be available for those aiming to improve their pollination this spring.

Bainbridge Island Fruit Club hopes to see you at this meeting!

Handouts –
What Trees Can Be Grafted 1-15
Proper Storage of Scion Wood 1-15
General Grafting Information 1-15
Darren Murphy’s Bio –
Darren has been a member of the Western Cascade Fruit Society and Peninsula Fruit Club for nearly 15 years. He was also a longtime member of the BI 4-H club and Farmers Market. Two years ago, he helped spearhead the establishment of the Bainbridge Island Fruit Club…with the goal of bringing fruit growing tips to the greater BI and Northern Kitsap area. Darren has fruit growing in his blood. His Great Great Grandfather William Shincke discovered a chance mutation in his orchard in the 1890s…that later became known as the “Olympia Apple.”

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