Apple Grafting and Orchard School

SKU: EVT003
$120.00

Two concurrent sessions cover the same material. One (Group A) begins with in-depth orchard care sessions in the morning and ends with grafting classes in the afternoon. The other (Group B) begins with grafting class in the morning and ends with the in-depth orchard care sessions in the afternoon. Please refer to schedule below and sign up for Group A or Group B.


School is held at Heritage Farm

$120.00

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Past apple grafting workshop students often told us they were excited to learn even more. Here is your chance! In addition to learning how to graft, this full-day apple grafting and orchard school includes an in-depth look at pruning and orchard care, soil health and pest management, includes an orchard tour, scion wood swap, and of course, going home with six (or more!) grafted trees to begin (or expand!) your very own orchard. Lunch is provided.

  • 9:00-10:00 Caring for Young Fruit Trees: Preparing the site, planting, protecting, training, pruning, and keeping them healthy and productive + physiology of a newly grafted tree: what happens during the hours, days, and weeks following the joining of the scion and rootstock in the grafting process?
  • 10:00-10:45 Orchard Floor Management for Soil and Tree Health
  • 10:45-11:15 Identifying and Dealing with Pest and Disease
  • 11:15-12:00 Optional Q&A with David Sliwa
  • 12-12:45 Lunch
  • 12:45-1:30 Orchard Tour: How choose scion, where it came from, what cuts to make, and more
  • 1:30-3:30 Grafting Class: Instruction, practice, and grafting three trees to take home
  • 3:30-4:30 Optional additional grafting time + scion swap (Rootstock for sale at visitors center)
  • 4:30-5:00 Lillian Goldman Visitors Center Open: purchase grafting knives, books, rootstock & more

  • 9:00-11:00 Grafting Class: Instruction, practice, and grafting three trees to take home
  • 11:00-12:00 Optional additional grafting time + scion swap (Rootstock for sale at visitors center)
  • 12:00-12:45 Lunch
  • 12:45-1:30 Orchard Tour: How choose scion, where it came from, what cuts to make, and more
  • 1:30-2:30 Caring for Young Fruit Trees: Preparing the site, planting, protecting, training, pruning, and keeping them healthy and productive + physiology of a newly grafted tree: what happens during the hours, days, and weeks following the joining of the scion and rootstock in the grafting process?
  • 2:30-3:15 Orchard Floor Management for Soil and Tree Health
  • 3:15-3:45 Identifying and Dealing with Pest and Disease
  • 3:45-4:30 Optional Q&A with David Sliwa
  • 4:30-5:00 Lillian Goldman Visitors Center Open: purchase grafting knives, books, rootstock & more


Lindsay Lee, Seed Savers Exchange’s Orchard Manager and Horticultural Advisor, describes himself as an “old-school nurseryman”. He has logged over 45 years in the ornamental horticulture trades, with 30 of those running Willowglen, a seed-to-sale perennial plant nursery near Decorah, Iowa. Lindsay served as the grafting team leader in 1989 when SSE collected the first trees for its Heritage Orchard. “I believe the knowledge and skill of grafting has been eroding among gardeners,” says Lee. “It is my goal to rectify this by teaching gardeners to graft and share their favorite fruits.”


David Sliwa, Seed Savers Exchange’s first Orchard Manager, grafted 270 distinct apple varieties for the first year of our Heritage Orchard. David is now a semi-retired fruit grower with a special interest in producing choice dessert pears. He and his family have lived with solar and wind energy for nearly forty years.

Heritage Farm is just outside Decorah, Iowa. Getting here is pretty straight-forward.

Why not make a weekend of your trip to Decorah?

  • Stay the night
  • Eat in town
  • We can offer full refunds up to seven days before the event. After that time, we are unable to refund your registration.

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