Southeast Region - open to all members and non-members
Saturday February 4
Gathering starts at 10:00 am
Workshop starts at 10:30 am
Lunch served afterwards
A group in the Southeast Region gathered on the chilly morning of Saturday February 4 at for a grafting workshop at the home of Jim and Lynn Swanson in Raleigh, North Carolina. Participants had already received rootstock and had collected scion wood. Jim gave an overview of the process and then Jennifer Tucker of Jen's Farm Maples in Manchester, Tennessee taught the fine points of grafting.
The morning was spent in the Swansons’ unfinished basement with wood flying as everyone practiced grafting cuts. After a break for a chili lunch, we settled in to make the cuts on our chosen scion wood and rootstock. Fun was had by all, and happy reports have been coming in about grafts that “took.” For everyone, an appreciation was gained for the growers who do this constantly to get great maple cultivars into the trade.
Make plans now to attend the Annual Fall Conference and General Meeting, where Jen Tucker will be leading a grafting workshop.