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 ldipietro@wisc.edu 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 purvisrc@msn.com.
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 http://www.westonapples.com/bench.htm, 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.