Three Grafting/Pruning classes in April

1. Bob Purvis is offering his Sixth Annual Minnesota Grafting Seminar on Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Apple Shack at the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center near Hastings, MN, southeast of the Twin Cities.
The workshop includes instruction, demonstration, and hands-on grafting of apple, apricot, cherry, pear, and plum cuttings of Minnesota-hardy varieties onto semi-dwarf or standard rootstocks. Anyone age 12 and up wanting to learn this skill is welcome. Cost of $70/person, includes lecture notes, refreshments, scions, and 6 rootstocks. Please bring your own lunch. Registration limit is 25.
2. Bob Purvis will demonstrate pruning on bearing-age apple trees at Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard, right next door to the Carpenter Nature Center, on Saturday, April 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. Cost is $39/person and includes lecture notes, beverages, and anything else needed. Anyone 12 and over who wants to prune is welcome to register. Class limit is 20.
***The Eco-Apple project can reimburse your registration costs for this pruning workshop! Contact Lisa at (608)265-3637 or for reimbursement information.
If you want to attend both Bob’s grafting and his pruning workshop, he offers a package rate of $105. He will send out registration forms in late February or early March. Those interested should contact: Robert Purvis, 7300 Iden Ave.S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016-1935; phone (651)-769-8473, or e-mail
3. Weston’s Antique Orchard in New Berlin, WI, has a grafting class on April 29 at 1 PM. The cost is $25. To register go to, print out the form, and mail it to the address on that page, with the comment that you want to attend the class. Or call 262 679 2862.