March 15th!– Our March Grafting Event is Coming!!!

Hi There Bainbridge Island Fruit Club Members and Fruit Tree Lovers!
 
Bainbridge Island Fruit Club Grafting Event!
Thursday, March 15th at  6:30 to 8:30 p.m
Bainbridge Grange Hall (downstairs), 10340 Madison Avenue NE
Mark your calendars for this much anticipated Fruit Tree Grafting event!  This is a really fun learning event!!
 
As many of you know, this meeting is our Big Grafting Event were we learn how to graft onto our own new fruit trees and/or add to an existing one!
What is grafting?  Grafting is simply inserting a portion of one plant (usually a shoot – called  the *scion) onto another, the ‘host’ so they grow together to make a single plant.  That’s it!  You can ‘graft’ multiple varieties onto a single host tree!!  
 
In addition to hands on instructions, the Club will have available a large selection of heirloom and modern apple, pear, plum, and cherry *scion wood cuttings and small rootstocks (up to 2 feet long) for grafting.  You can also bring your own bare rooted or potted fruit trees (e.g., Costco specials for example) for grafting your 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 bulbs, 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.

 

We’ll have coffee/tea and snacks to share.  We hope to see you at this truly fun event!
  • Date – Thursday, March 15th
  • Time – 6:30 to 7 p.m., 
  • Location – Downstairs at the Bainbridge Grange Hall, 10340 Madison Avenue NE
—Darren Murphy, Club President is a fantastic hands on teacher with much experience in grafting! His Bio is below—

 

Darren has been a member of the Western Cascade Fruit Society and Peninsula Fruit Club for nearly 16 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.”
 
* Scion— A new shoot or twig (known as a scion or scionwood) is collected in January or February and stored under refrigeration until grafting season.

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