California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG) Redwood Chapter garden club scion (cuttings) and plant exchange
An annual event every January open to the public is the California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG) Redwood Chapter garden club scion (cuttings) and plant exchange where commonly over 500 varieties of common, rare, and experimental scions and fruiting plants from all over the world are available free. Apples, pears, plums, peaches, pluots, plumcots, nectarines, figs, jujubes, grapes, raspberries, cactus fruit, raisin trees, and all the rest! Learn how to make your own “fruit salad tree” or backyard “fruit jungle”!
Proceeds fund agricultural scholarships and donations to worthy fruit-oriented non-profit organizations. Our chapter has donated over $15,000 to local agricultural organizations, grants and scholarships. The 2017 Scion Exchange will be January 28th, 10:00AM to 1:00 PM, at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building at 1351 Maple Ave, 95404, across from the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The $5 admission fee includes FREE rare fruit tree cuttings/scions/budwood and grafting classes. There are grafting and planting demonstration classes for beginners, plus experts and hobbyists to answer questions.
Some cuttings available, like grapes and figs, don’t need to be grafted and can be planted directly in the ground. Custom trees can be created for attendees on-the-spot by experts for a small donation. Bring gallon baggies, tape and pens to mark your acquisitions. Bring a list of varieties you want. Tasting competition results are available at crfg-redwood.org under Past Events.
Background: There are literally thousands of varieties of trees, vines and shrubs that bear edible fruit. Most people are familiar with only the most common varieties of fruits that are available commercially in stores. Many of these commercial varieties are available primarily because of the durability of the fruit for shipping, handling and storage rather than for best flavor. Even though the best tasting fruits can be too fragile for commercial distribution, they are perfectly suited to the home-gardener. Anyone with at least a six foot by six foot patch of open sunlight can successfully grow a tree with delicious fruits, even if only in a trashcan of soil on pavement. Some fruit-bearing vines, like strawberries, can even grow from a hanging basket without using any ground at all. Properly selected fruit-bearing plants can also be used for edible landscaping, proving a pleasing visual display in addition to gourmet treats. Multiple fruit varieties can be grown on the same plant by means of simple grafting techniques, resulting in a “fruit salad” tree! Many of the best tasting fruits are only available from specialty catalogs and growers, or through hobbyist organizations like California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG). CRFG promotes interest in all aspects of fruit growing, with special emphasis on rare and unusual fruits. North Bay CRFG members in “Luther Burbank country” get together regularly to taste fruits, trade plants, and to swap tips on local growing techniques and what grows best in local conditions and micro-climate pockets. One local meeting featured over 150 different locally-grown fruits to taste! Founded in 1968, the California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG) is the largest amateur fruit-growing organization in the world. Its membership includes nationally recognized botanical gardens and noted international horticultural researchers, as well as hobbyists, commercial growers and representatives from institutions of higher learning. The members of twenty-one chapters and individual members reside in 48 states and territories of the United States, but the membership encompasses over 35 countries worldwide. Although oriented toward the environmentally sound culture of any and all edible plants in the home landscape, CRFG is focused on species not native to nor grown commercially in any given area. Its mission is to share knowledge acquired from its activities with home growers in particular and with anyone else in the world having an interest in edible plant cultivation. Photos available to media at crfg-redwood.org XXX
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